After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his life he moved from Devon to Iten, in Kenya, to eat with, interview, sleep beside and - most importantly – run with, some of the greatest runners in the world. In the distance rests his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in an epic first marathon across the Kenyan plains.
©2012 Adharanand Finn (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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"interesting read - even for a non-runner like me!"
Really good book - enjoyed it very much even though I have no interest in running and didn't know the author or anything about Kenya. I have since listened to it again and quite possibly enjoyed it more the second time. He paints a picture of what it was like for an ordinary person to live and train with the Kenyan's - I could really imagine what it was like to be an outsider and train with possibly the best runners in the world.
The whole story is as much about the people and his family as it is about running.
Even if you don't like sports (and I am definitely only mildly interested at best!) I am sure you will still enjoy this book for its real story of an everyday man out of his usual element.
"A thoroughly interesting tale"
First audiobook I have listened to.
The Fartlek run.
These people aren't just born to run, they live to run.
Paul Tyreman performs an excellent narration
"A great listen"
Fascinating story about a journalist who moves his family to Kenya to experience life as a runner out there. I found this to be a really addictive listen – the writer paints a vivid picture of both the characters and the epic environment. And, of course, being a runner, I was completely gripped by the theme of trying to uncover just what it is that makes Kenyans the best runners on earth. An engaging book that I was sad to finish.
I loved the storyline and it was informative about different Kenyan individuals which was interesting. Brilliant to listen to 5/5
"I'm not a runner but enjoyed this"
I'm a cyclist not a runner, but read this after reading Chris Froome's book, also largely about Kenya. Was an excellent mix of the running side and also of the Kenyan life. Recommended
"Should have bought the abridged version"
Great story, but far too much detail - recommend an abridged version unless you are really interested in the minutia of Kenyan who's who and their best times - definitely does what it says on the tin though!
Very inspiring, well written book. I was hooked from the beginning of the story. Paul Tyreman - an excellent narrator, such a good performance!
A great story performed well. Very easy to listen to. Would highly recommend even if you have no interest in running.
"The best book I have ever read."
Yes, so inspirational, beautifully written from start to finish. I feel like a film could be be made from Adharanands story.
I think Adharanands children were my favorite. Such a life changing move and so young, they adapted so well in the circumstances. As a newish father myself, i was intrigued how they took this adventure and how they kept themselves occupied.
Superb narrator, will be looking for more of his narrations. The accents he produced especially of the Kenyans and the Irish characters gave a cinematic experience.
I have to say his story nearly made me cry when Adharanand was saying his goodbyes to his team mates at the end of the book.
I couldn't help laughing when he had to say what his 'full name' was to the cross country Official.
Adharanand Finn, you are a legend. Please do more traveling, writing and running..
Amazing book, very well written, witty, descriptive and a great story. If you love running you will love this book. Well read too with great dialect.
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