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Finding Ultra Audiobook

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

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Publisher's Summary

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich. Plunging 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. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house for a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.

How many of us take up a sport at age forty and compete for the title of the world’s best within two years? Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman World Championship competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans against each other in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. Following that test, Rich conquered an even greater one: the Epic5 Challenge—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.

This is more than an inside look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats or a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich’s account rivets and instructs, providing information that will be invaluable to anyone who wants to change their physique; but this book is most notable as a powerful testament to human resiliency, for as we learn early on, Rich’s life has posed numerous physical and social challenges, including a fierce battle with alcoholism.

Ultimately Finding Ultra is a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges us to rethink what we’re capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to “go for it.”

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Richard David Roll (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“You walk away from reading this book knowing you have the total power to transform your life on every level…Roll is immensely likeable, a most compelling storyteller, and a true shaman of health and fitness!” (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author)

“Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle, break down walls, and redefine what's possible.” (John Brenkus, creator and host of ESPN’s Sport Science and New York Times best-selling author)

“I loved this. A rare book, unusual for its honesty and willingness to bare all, that really does deserve such superlatives as ‘riveting’ and ‘compelling.’ I was moved by watching Roll conquer his demons and felt privileged to share in his eventual enlightenment. By laying it on the line, Roll absolutely wins us over.” (Rip Esselstyn, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Bilbo 04-23-15
    Bilbo 04-23-15
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    "inspiring and educational"

    Loved the first half of the book. The story of how he battled his demons and became one of the fittest men. Lost a little steam during the telling of the 5 Iron Man on 5 islands. Good tips in the appendix. love Rich Roll. His Podcast is the BEST.

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    L. Nakajima san francisco 04-20-15
    L. Nakajima san francisco 04-20-15

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    "Rich is my vegan superhero"

    Very inspiring story. Even better hearing Rich tell the story in his own voice. Looking forward to the cookbook this summer

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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book, I've been a fan of his podcast for years. I avoided reading since I had read books like eat and run but this one was much appreciated.

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    Christian Wallace 04-06-15
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    "Rich is a modern day hero!"

    Listened to the first five chapters on a long drive home today. Put on my running shoes the second I walked in the door and ran 20 miles for the first time ever. So inspirational.

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    AAS Boston, MA 04-03-15
    AAS Boston, MA 04-03-15

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    This book was the perfect thing to listen to during marathon training. Rich' calming voice and inspirational story had me running extra miles!

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    "A successful struggle over a lesser, dominate self"
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    The narrative was fine. It brought a real life struggle to the book. I loved the honesty that came from statements of self-realization. "I live my life in the excess, it's the only way it works for me." And of course, " I was acting like a jerk, totally exhausted and thinking only of the goal and myself as I broke the #1 rule and left my partners." I felt as though I was brought along with him during his whole life, through the good and the bad. Great listen, when I had to stop, I couldn't wait to get back and hear more.

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    Johnathon 03-20-15
    Johnathon 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Inspirational Transformation"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    Rich's description of his transformation from cheeseburger connoisseur to plant powered athlete is a great moment that shows the possibility of any life and that even those plagued by seemingly unshakable demons can improve their situation.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Rich writes well. And, for an audio-book read by the author, this is one of the best I've listened to. However, he could have made it better if he would have hired a professional narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Finding Ultra was enjoyable to read. Rich writes in such a way that the reader can see the sprawling vistas of Hawaii and the dirt trails of California. I found value in the transformation that took place over the course of the book.

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    John 03-05-15
    John 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Changed the way i think about food and exercise"

    This book was not only entertaining, but made me examine how I eat, and while not an all in one guide, provides a great base line for eating better and living better. Thank you Rich!

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    Pete Parson 02-20-15
    Pete Parson 02-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    This book opened my eyes to the possibilities of what a healthy body can do! I feel that there is no excuse for me not to become healthy.

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    Craig Marchand 02-10-15
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    "Amazing and inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It captures everything from health, inspiration, food, lifestyle, motivation, to adversity.


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

    This book moved me to make changes in my own life.


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