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Eat and Run Audiobook

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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Publisher's Summary

A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

©2012 Scott Jurek (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Eran Gal 05-19-14
    Eran Gal 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring and Informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great read if you are into running and taking care of your body. Even if you are not extreme like Jurek (an I am certainly not) there is a lot that can be learned from this book and from this person.


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

    I could not wait for my next run so that I can put on my earphones and continue listening...


    Any additional comments?

    The narration did not seem to convey Jurek's attitude. I felt a dissonance between the tone of the narrator which is often rough and the text which though without self-pity, doesn't seem to have that roughness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14
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    "Definitely Eat and Run focussed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to and why?

    If you like Eat and Run you would probably really like Born to Run. It's kind of different though since Eat and Run is an autobiography, Born to Run is a number of autobiographical & biographical stories in one.


    What three words best describe Quincy Dunn-Baker’s voice?

    A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.


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

    If you have 8 hours maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 01-28-14
    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 01-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Just love books.

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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but would certainly do so.


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

    Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13
    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "tons of recipes but no pdf to reference..."
    What disappointed you about Eat and Run?

    Tons of great recipes but there is no PDF to reference. Don't buy the audio book. I also emailed Scott and he did not respond. Very disappointed....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Anaheim, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Justin Anaheim, CA, United States 03-18-13
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    "Enjoyable Story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott Jurek, enjoyed the openess about his life.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Quincy Dunn-Baker?

    So-so voice for this book. Voice didn't really fit my image of the author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13
    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good storytelling, not a how to guide"

    Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.

    The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).

    Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rpv California 12-28-12
    rpv California 12-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "What a book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    Nice narration, beautiful story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is so inspirational and it is almost impossible to believe it is true. It feels like fiction! But it is not. I happened to start reading (actually listening on audible) some of the ultra runners book as a way to see how they are pushing their minds and body to achieve what they are doing. It is almost yogic in retrospect. I really wanted to give the print book as a gift to my 10 year old daughter only if it did not have all those Dusty's swear of F words. I really wish the author could have removed them and told __swear words__ here and leave it to readers imaginations.

    The way mother - son love is portrayed, his vegan lifestyle, his surreal runs on all those Western States, Badwater, 24 hr runs. Ah it is incredible. I had to resist finish listening into the story and hold back to enjoy in 4 days. Otherwise I would have finished in one siting of 8 hours. I listened to all in my walks. It is sad his life had all these setbacks (no spoiler here) and how he overcame in late 2010. One of the most memorable memoirs I have ever read.


    What about Quincy Dunn-Baker’s performance did you like?

    Very clear


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

    It was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the F words were not present so that I can listen in as family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-02-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    ""ME, MYSELF, and I"--a better title, perhaps"

    I read "Born To Run" twice and expected this book to be similarly fun. I was sadly disappointed in several ways. This autobiographical book reveals Jurek to be a very self-adsorbed and arrogant sounding individual. The arrogance was helped along by the narrator's tone. Dunn-Baker not only mispronounced names but also relatively common words, which was difficult to overlook.

    After a brief history of a not-so-happy childhood (his mother had multiple sclerosis) and his father didn't cope well, we were led on a trip from his discovery of his running prowess to a play by play description how he won numerous races through his philosophy of life and running and through his healthy eating discoveries. As the book progressed, Jurek appeared to see himself as a nutritionist and a philosopher, and his philosophy became very prevalent and annoying toward the conclusion of the book.

    What became most irritating to me was his complete self-absorption. I am aware that athletes who want to be at the very top of their game must be compulsively single-minded in doing everything they can to excel and outdo themselves. I read and really enjoyed Apolo Ohno's book, "Zero Regrets", and never once did I feel he was arrogant or self-absorbed as he described his rise to the top of the skating world. Jurek, on the other hand, sees himself as the center of the universe.

    I would imagine this book would appeal to aspiring marathoners, particularly those who want to enter the ultra-classes. It might also appeal to athletes who are wanting to move toward more healthy eating. However, if running is not your avocation, I heartily recommend reading "Born To Run" and not wasting time or money on this book.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bret Vogel PORTLAND, OR, US 06-26-13
    Bret Vogel PORTLAND, OR, US 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tough Guy Narrator Misrepresents Nice Guy Scott"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.


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    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 02-12-13
    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 02-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too Preachy"

    While I enjoyed the aspects of the narrative, all in all Scott Jurek tends to be too preachy in his approach to tell his story of being an ultimate runner.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • MR
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    8/30/12
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    "Great book - misleading title"

    I wanted to read/ listen to this after learning about Scott Jurek in "Born to Run".

    The title slightly put me off, as I was worried that it would be very preachy about the vegan lifestyle, but it isn't.

    The story is fascinating and inspiring and every so often he throws in some great running tips.

    Definitely worth a read/ listen.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Penrhyn Bay, United Kingdom
    7/12/12
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    "Brilliant story - none of the boring bits!!"

    A good book can be turned into a VERY good book by a VERY good narrator. This guy does the job really well.

    I listened from beginning to end. Brilliant book!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Oakham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Will get you out running"

    I really enjoyed this book. It's great to hear what an ultra marathon runner must endure to become one of the top runners in the world. It's very inspirational and will get you out running (maybe not 135mile ultras) a big part of Scott's life is his vegan diet which he does talk about a lot but to be fair it's not too preachy as sometimes people can be over lifestyle changes. It a good book written well with good humour.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ajnnngs
    BANGOR, United Kingdom
    5/12/13
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    "What a life!"

    Scott is pretty amazing for an ordinary guy. But he is mad and crazy. I yearn to run more and follow a vegan lifestyle but it's too hard for me to maintain with a whole normal life to lead. Well told and inspiring - thank you Scott!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Stuart Robert Harris
    Norwalk CT 06850
    1/5/13
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    "Good but dour"

    Like others, I came to this book via Born to Run. The change in style was pretty abrupt. Jurek's story is about grit and endurance from the "wrong side of the tracks" start. I don't know whether he himself has a light touch, but the narrator certainly doesn't. He reads in a hard, downbeat, dour way that's distinctive and maybe even appropriate, but not enjoyable.



    Still, it's a story well worth hearing - just way less enjoyable than the ebullient Born to Run.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. S. Burress
    Hampshire, UK
    1/17/15
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    "Inspirational"

    A wonderful lesson in making the impossible possible. Whether you run 5k or 50mi you can't help but be drawn into Scott's epic journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Bit too long otherwise fab!"

    Don't really know why I got this...in the words of the book's mantra 'sometimes you just do things'. On the one hand this book is extremely ego-driven and some may find this too much. On the other hand, this book managed to keep me completely rivetted for the duration. If ever you need to understand what 'endurance' means then look no further, this book totally defines the word. The reading is exceptional...and to be honest I was just a tad upset when I later found out that it wasn't Scott himself. I'm not a runner and I'm not a vegan....having listened to this I feel compelled to at least seriously consider both. Intelligent, inspiring and honest...although just that little bit too long.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • penny
    Putney, United Kingdom
    4/18/13
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    "Good"

    Good story but the narrator is a bit harsh in his tone which can make it seem more dramatic than need be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed listening to this while running. It's much more of an autobiography than I though from the title. There is, of course, quite a bit of info about Jurek's own eating (and running) but its not a tub-thumping "my way or the highway" tome.



    Enjoyable, honest, open and fun.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    12/5/16
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    "inspiring story"

    A great book with some incredible takes and great advice. I did however find the performance a little harsh or aggressive at times for what I felt to be the author's intent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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