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  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,551

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights with bad audio quality

  • By Marc Freudenberg on 11-27-17

Incredible story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Very well written, lots of detail and insight, and at a level that anyone can understand and relate to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, there were definitely moments of hilarity, as well as moments that brought up some powerful emotion.

  • Chop Wood Carry Water

  • How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great
  • By: Joshua Medcalf
  • Narrated by: Joshua Medcalf
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 663

Chop Wood Carry Water is the story of one boy's journey to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a samurai warrior. Guided by "Akira-sensei", John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Has moments but wears thin quick

  • By Michael on 04-12-17

You have to put in the work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Would you listen to Chop Wood Carry Water again? Why?

Yes, probably during every training cycle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character's coach.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Chop Wood Carry Water?

Put in the time. The rest will come.

  • Finding Ultra

  • Revised and Updated Edition
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Finding Ultra is Rich Roll's incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever. One evening in 2006, before turning 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he plunged into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training. Rich morphed - in mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Revised and updated edition with a new and original foreword and a bonus chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Underdog He Is Not

  • By Daniel on 04-27-18

Cool story overall

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't know. It depends on what they are looking for. It is a cool story, but it is a bit preachy about being vegan and goes into way too much detail on the races that no one really cares that much about. The book would be much more powerfulif it was more succinct.

What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

Good voice. Can see why he does a podcast.

Could you see Finding Ultra being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes.

  • Let Your Mind Run

  • A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
  • By: Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Deena Kastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 530

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method - run as hard as possible, for fear of losing - fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking - shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient - could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By steve finkelstein on 05-19-18

More of an autobiography with gold nuggets

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Would you try another book from Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton and/or Deena Kastor?

Not really. The book focused too much on Kastor's career, with many details that did not enhance the overall point of mental traning.

Which character – as performed by Deena Kastor – was your favorite?

There is really only one character in this book.

Do you think Let Your Mind Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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