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Publisher's Summary

"Kilian Jornet is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." (New York Times

"Inspiring and humbling." (Alex Honnold) 

The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climbs of Mount Everest in this profound memoir - an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth’s highest peak to the soul’s deepest reaches.

Kilian Jornet has broken nearly every mountaineering record in the world and twice been named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In 2018 he summitted Mount Everest twice in one week - without the help of bottled oxygen or ropes. 

As he recounts a life spent studying and ascending the greatest peaks on earth, Jornet ruminates on what he has found in nature - simplicity, freedom, and spiritual joy - and offers a poetic yet clearheaded assessment of his relationship to the mountain...at times his opponent, at others, his greatest inspiration.

©2020 Kilian Jornet (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Kílian’s motivation isn’t what you might imagine. It has nothing to do with race results. And his happiness derives not from victory. Instead, it’s adventure that sparks Kílian’s joy. Immersion in nature. Living outside the comfort zone. And always, always exploring." (Rich Roll) 

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A bit too much psychobabble

I have always enjoyed watching the brilliance of Kilian in his pursuits in the mountains and in racing. It would have been great if he stuck to telling the story of his unique experiences. But he often wandered off in some preachy, judgemental psychobable as if they were universal truths that applied to everyone. Obviously, it oozed of a childish understanding of the world. Kilian defintely has great experiences which the world would like to hear. Hopefully in future books, he will stick to that.

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Could not finish.

This book is so boring and monotone. I could not stay awake. There is nothing even close to interesting in the first three chapters. Trying to figure out how to return and get credit back.

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Interesting

Interesting but not very profound. At times it felt somewhat lackluster like a 'page-filler' effect.

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Loved it

Fantastic insight into what Kilian's mind is like and what it takes to achieve what he has achieved. If you've followed anything he's done so far you will enjoy it.

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An easy listen...

In awe! incredibly inspiring and easy to listen to!
Motivation comes from within, this man clears the mind.

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Great insight and good stories

Kilian’s success in mountaineering and ultra running is well known. This book dives into his life, his approach to the mountains, and his view of what it means to be a world class athlete in the ultra endurance field. Solid read and would recommend to others who have interest in the outdoors as well as those seeking wisdom regarding ultra endurance sports.

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Feeling inspired

True inspiration! In the same time truly human being, down to earth and humble Kilian Jornet 💯👍🏼

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  • Elske Rotshuizen
  • 09-16-20

Good book but maybe not the best audiobook

I love the stories of Kilian and the way he talks about the various sports he enjoys, and I also very much enioyed listening to this book. However, i missed a bit of general storyline. I also thought it was hard to follow chronologically. Part of this was because the audiobook did not seem to have an appropriate pauze or stop before a new chapter starts! Which made the transition into a new chapter (and thereby a new story or situation) very hard to understand. I would recommend to just read the book on paper. I did enjoy this book even more than his first one 'run or die' as this book was more diverse in my opinion.

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  • Aaron Shimmons
  • 10-20-20

Who doesn’t like hearing from Kilian?

Kilian’s writing keeps getting better. This one sheds some insight into the mind of the mountain running G.O.A.T., the things that make him tick, and some cool stories from adventures around the world.

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  • Jemima
  • 04-04-21

great book

I prefer books narrated by the author in general but you do get a sense of Kilian from the words despite a very different voice narrating. I really enjoyed the whole book, definitely recommend if you like mountain sports, trail running etc

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-21

A bit of a let down

Had this on pre order for months. In the end, I didn't like the narration, and the story was just a bit boring. Had to force myself to get through this one.

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  • A Quarmby
  • 01-22-21

2020 Reinhold Messner

Its a very well written and consise memoir of a brilliant athlete. Everyone who reads this book should also watch Path To Everest in order to link images to those descriptions.

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  • Mr. OJ Morris
  • 01-22-21

Very disappointing. Not what I was expecting.

A very disappointing book that I would not recommend to anyone. Jornet is an athlete at the peak of his sport who has achieved incredible accomplishments but this reads like a guy who is reluctantly telling a story because he has to, probably because some sponsors have told him too . Jornet is extremely hard to like as he comes across as arrogant and very whiny - he is an athlete being paid huge sums of money to run and he consistently makes out like his life is hard and a challenge to be motivated. A small number of interesting accounts but in the end I was happy to get to the end only so that I wouldn’t have to listen any more.

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  • Nathan
  • 12-20-20

Interesting collection of Jornet's endeavours

This was an amazing insight into the life and lifestyle of one of the world's greatest athletes. Well narrated and would be enjoyed by runners and travellers alike.

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  • Brian
  • 11-22-20

Fascinating insights once it got going

Kilian was a key reason I got into trail running in the first place, and I've followed the running side of his career for years. It was always a little awe-inspiring that he manages to be the world's best at something he does in the off season to stay fit (ie when there's no snow).

I found the first chapter incredibly hard going for two reasons. The content is a little slow and self-indulgent, and the narration is just frustrating. I almost gave up before that chapter had finished, but I'm glad I persevered. The narration doesn't get better, but the content does.

From chapter two onwards, the storytelling was fascinating, providing real insight into what makes Kilian tick, and confirming, if that were needed, that he is not cut from the same cloth as the rest of us. There are fascinating stories in here of discipline, and of chipping away at challenges, and recognising your own limits. Knowing some of the public stories made this all the more interesting, for example contrasting the hallucination and near death experiences on Everest to the sound-bites reported at the time of "running up and down Everest twice in a week".

Loved it.

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  • Mr S J Aitken
  • 09-30-20

Pretty Good, lacking depth

I enjoyed this book primarily because I already have a keen interest in KJ and have followed a lot of the stories included in the book through different media in the past, and this gives a more detailed account of those moments.
The book was good, I particularly like how honest he is about certain things, which is quite funny as you would expect many people to be more diplomatic when talking about these subjects, which is refreshing.
The main issue is that it still feels fairly brief and superficial, although this could just be because perhaps he does live a very simple and driven life, so there could just be not much else to the story than what he is telling...
Overall an enjoyable listen, but | don't feel as though I will take the time to listen again.

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  • mrs j paterson
  • 09-28-20

Shame about the narration

Unfortunately the over dramatic narration made this unlistenable. Kilans story is fascinating and I will be buying the paper book as couldn't make it through the audio.