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 enjoyed listening throughout, to the different characters and lifestyles. Just when it started to feel the slow it picked up and finished very nicely.
I love the story and will recommend this book to my runner friends. It is informative and entertaining at the same time.
"Love running, cant finish this book"
This guy cant write. Sorry. I love running, I really loved 'Born to Run' by Christopher McDougall, but the big difference is that Christopher McDougal was a journalist, his profession was to write, he knew how to spin a story. This author unfortunately had a great adventure, but cannot write and it makes for a painstaking read. As someone who also loves travel I really had high hopes for this book, the story is probably of limited appeal to someone who has never been to Africa, but I was hoping for so much more. I wanted heart to heart conversations, but it seems that either the author wasn't able to make these bonds with the athletes or those around him, or these guys just don't have much to say. I bought this to listen to on my long runs, but I cant listen to anymore of it, its so boring. An average paragraph goes something like this."I turned up at 6 oclock. Jeffery didnt turn up at 6 oclock, because hes always late, he turned up at 7 oclock" "My daughter went to school" "I could see her blond hair easily amongst all the black headed children" "She didnt want to go the next day" Africa, and Kenya especially, are mind blowing landscapes, and it feels this is lost on the author. He cannot describe what he sees around him and it felt like he was overwhelmed or his heart is closed to the whole experience. The whole writing style feels very immature, as does the nature of the interactions with those he meets. Its possible that this guy isn't very well travelled and this kind of comes across in the book. It kind of reminds me of something that the old, square bloke in the Dunlop green flash from the cricket club up the road who had only ever been on holiday to Bournemouth would write. Its got no style, no humour, no heart. And i'm going to delete it, unfinished now. I havent written this to offend anyone, Ive written it to save you all some valuable time and read something more worthy of being read. I'm going to read Scott Jureks book next, or What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Please let them be interesting !
"Especially interesting for those who enjoy running"
I actually listened to this book while I was running, which must have been very entertaining for onlookers, as I tried to replicate Finn's first attempts at his new 'barefoot' style! Fascinating personal investigation of why the Kenyans are so good, with unpretentious writing. I really enjoyed it.
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!
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