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You Are an Ironman Audiobook

You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times best seller The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with reaching a life-defining goal. In this instance, the target is an Ironman triathlon---a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, then finally a 26-mile marathon run, all of which must be completed in no more than seventeen hours. Steinberg focuses not on the professional who live off the prize money and sponsorships, but on a handful of triathletes who regard the sport as a hobby.
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Publisher's Summary

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times best seller The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with reaching a life-defining goal. In this instance, the target is an Ironman triathlon---a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, then finally a 26-mile marathon run, all of which must be completed in no more than 17 hours. Steinberg focuses not on the professional who live off the prize money and sponsorships, but on a handful of triathletes who regard the sport as a hobby.

Vividly capturing the grueling preparation, the suspense of completing each event of the triathlon, and the spectacular feats of human endurance, Steinberg plumbs the physical and emotional toll as well as the psychological payoff of the participants of the Ford Ironman Arizona 2009. His You Are an Ironman is both a riveting sports narrative and a fascinating, behind-the-scenes study of what makes these athletes keep going.

©2011 Jacques Steinberg (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Anyone dreaming of completing a triathlon or just seeking to get off the couch and into better shape will find inspiration here." (Kirkus)

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    Devin Romeo, Mi, United States 07-23-13
    Devin Romeo, Mi, United States 07-23-13
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    "great to listen too while training"
    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are an Ironman to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to it


    What other book might you compare You Are an Ironman to and why?

    "here to win" by Chris MacCormack. Both are about triathlons one from a professionals view and the other from a weekend worrier. both are great reads


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    great to listen while on the bike training for my triathlon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Comely 03-22-13

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    "Couldn't Make It To The Finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator. It's a subjective thing, but I couldn't stand the narrators voice, even after repeated tries. It was too passive and sort of whiny.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More emotion and less of a documentary angle.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

    No. Kirby's style and tone isn't a match for my ears.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration because of the laid-back pacing of the story and Kirby's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has been the biggest disappointment yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Pullman, Washington, United States 02-25-13
    Joe Pullman, Washington, United States 02-25-13
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    "Very Inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are an Ironman to be better than the print version?

    I liked it because I don't seem to have a lot of time to sit down and read. It probably would have taken me months to finish the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite. All of the athletes were truly amazing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was great. He kept me wanting to hear more. I was sad when the book ended.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would keep the book title as the tag line. You are an Ironman.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have more inspirational "true life" books to choose from. This book was the best I have heard/read in a very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-08-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "An Emotional Journey"
    Would you listen to You Are an Ironman again? Why?

    I'd listen to it again whenever I need that extra boost of motivation to get through anything requiring endurance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Are an Ironman?

    The most memorable moment of You Are an Ironman were when I heard the announcer call each person the story follows an Ironman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about the couple who met and spent quality time over training for the Ironman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each person's journey was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: May convince you to start training for 140.6 miles too ;)

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "good listen"

    good stories by athletes, i appreciated that they were from all walks of life. the narrator sounded like he was going to fall asleep reading

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    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 01-02-12
    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 01-02-12

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    "Awesome book, so-so narrator"

    This book was incredibly motivating and inspiring. I highly recommend it to anyone, whether you've done a triathlon or not. It's incredible what perseverance it takes to go from start to finish, not only on the day of the event, but in the year leading up to it! This book shows that any average Joe can train for a triathlon. What an awesome sport!

    I felt the narrator was slightly monotone. However, what truly drove me insane was the narrator mispronounced. "Triathlon" and all other words formed from that word EVERY time! It is pronounced "tri-ath-lon", NOT "tri-ath-A-lon".

    Other than that, I really do recommend this book highly.

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    James Ashby, MA, United States 11-25-11
    James Ashby, MA, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Well done, well spoken"

    I am also aspiring to complete an Ironman, in 2013, and I'm also a 'late bloomer' and a weekend warrior! Still... wasn't sure what to expect with these stories. Once started...couldn't stop listening. Excellent job by the narrator and compelling stories all around. As stated, not a training manual but clearly some tidbits are in there about training, mind control and racing strategies - to add to our own plans. Clearly worth the listen!

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    christopher Petersburg, MI, United States 09-18-12
    christopher Petersburg, MI, United States 09-18-12
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    "Dry Narrator - But still motivating"
    If you could sum up You Are an Ironman in three words, what would they be?

    Motivation , long, interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realizing the sacrifice


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirby Heyborne?

    Probably Not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Story carries on a little long and about half way through you just want them to get on with it. It does motivate you to get out and work out though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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