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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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    Des Lake country, BC, Canada 10-29-12
    Des Lake country, BC, Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "He is a Miracle"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    I think the print version would be equally good. One might move through some spots a little quicker


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    The trip through the addiction.


    What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job with the expression. You do get to know the partners.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It is a miracle


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great guide through the addictive state and back to health. Rich shows his absolute focus along with a passion and capacity for how and why in becoming the Ultra. He really takes you through what it is like to hit a bottom and find yourself on the journey back.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 06-06-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 06-06-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "SELFISH PURSUIT should be the title of this book"

    While I enjoyed the details of Rich Roll's training and healthy eating habits this book fails to deilver the power Born To Run gave its listeners. The author's own selfishness oozes out from your ipod as you listen, in rather overdramatic fashion, the length he went to fulfill his passion.

    17 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    James SARASOTA, FL, United States 07-01-13
    James SARASOTA, FL, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ultra sleep inducing"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rich Roll?

    Any professional actor. He had no emotion, no inflection, nochange in timbre , nothing to pull the listener in.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book would be about how to achieve Ultra---in fitness and in life. Instead, it was a long, drawn out monologue of how great the author was, and how he was able to show up those who didn't believe in him in the past. A good book to listen to if you need to take a nap.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Keven 04-28-13
    Keven 04-28-13
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    "It's not what you think it is..."
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was expecting to be motivated to further my fitness dreams. Instead I got 9 hours of talking about what a alcoholic the author was earlier in his life...


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Kew, Australia 01-04-13
    Tracey Kew, Australia 01-04-13
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    "Terrible narration."
    Would you try another book from Rich Roll and/or Rich Roll?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know yet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice lacked any expression, totally monotone, almost unbearable and I was unable to listen through to the end of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Finding Ultra?

    Shorten some of the descriptive elements. Individual stories, such as the long winded details of the run towards the end of the book were really tedious.


    Any additional comments?

    Never allow this man to narrate a book again. Money should be refunded for such dreadful reading.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-21-13
    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ultra journey into narcissism"
    Would you try another book from Rich Roll and/or Rich Roll?

    No, not unless it was ghost-written.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rich Roll again?

    No, forced emotion and misplaced emphasis was annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, on many levels.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at how such a great story fell flat.


    Any additional comments?

    About as painful as an ultra event was listening to the empty whining that littered this book. Although I eagerly anticipated the story of a cheeseburger couch potato turned vegan ultra athlete, the book was an "epic" (you'll understand that reference if you make it through the book) failure. His story, which as all the underpinnings of a great tale, faltered chapter after chapter with self-indulgent writing only exacerbate by an awful choice of narrator ... the author. At least Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Man) was an engaging narrator as he read his own story of his "personal greatness."

    Ironically, the real hero of the book was Roll's Epic5 partner, Jason Lester.

    Sadly, the book may give the impression to the uninitiated that all ultra athletes are such self-absorbed, vacuums of attention and need. Quite the opposite is true. The ultra community is "normal" people who just enjoy endurance events that, at first glance, seem crazy.

    The ability of someone like Rich Roll or Scott Jurek to be at the peak of ultra endurance competitiveness on a plant-based diet is nothing short of astonishing. The only bright spot of this book is that it gives a glimpse into the diet of a vegan ultra athlete. That almost makes the book worth a listen.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Carr 09-21-17
    J. Carr 09-21-17
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    "Inspiring!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It lagged just a bit in the last phase (too much in the islands), but the message is wonderful.

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    JIM CURLEY 09-20-17
    JIM CURLEY 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great read great listen"

    rich knows how to relate to anyone who wants to learn to push their limits in any life situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ANTHONY HUDGINS HENDERSON, NC United States 09-17-17
    ANTHONY HUDGINS HENDERSON, NC United States 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A good blueprint to follow"

    The book may seem like Rich is an overnight success but there were many years to the build-up of where he is now. Which proves that as long as you stay dedicated and persistent and consistent then we all can reach greatness. I really enjoyed the nutritional heart of this book he goes into great detail to lay out a blue print they can be followed with ease. Rich does a great job at narrating the book, I highly recommended It

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 09-13-17
    Tracy Canada 09-13-17 Member Since 2016

    Self-help, mystery, cozy, thriller lover :)

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    Would you listen to Finding Ultra again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book twice, and I would listen again. It is a great story of how a person can hit rock bottom, and then go on to get in peak physical condition even later in life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is written and read by Rich Roll. And it is the Rich Roll story. So, he's my favourite character :) But the book is peppered with people he meets along the way, who help him reach for and achieve his success.


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    Roll narrates the book really well. His voice is nice and personable, he never comes across as preachy, and he is just a smooth narrator for his own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Finding Ultra: Rediscovering Health and Fitness in Middle Age


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book really inspiring.

    Roll adopts a vegetarian/ vegan diet eventually, which I won't do, but I am aware of the health benefits of proper nutrition, whatever diet one follows.

    Seeing how Roll went from raging alcoholic to a yoga-practicing, plant-eating dad and Ultra Man is so motivating!

    It is never too late to turn your life around, to start exercising, to eat better, to live better.

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  • Darren
    6/12/17
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    "Excellent, inspirational tale"
    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Finding Ultra to, and why?

    Similar to "Running Man" by Charlie Engle, but a different story... both of these titles are inspirational and give a feel of what is truly possible to achieve.


    What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His narrative is deeply personal and expressive, you can feel his pain, his joy and his struggles throughout the book. The story is brought to life by the author.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any interest in running or simply how to change your life, this is an excellent choice and well worthy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/4/17
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    "truly inspirational "

    I absolutely loved it will read again and again! plant power for the win. Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bazza
    6/2/17
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    "Inspiring Story and great read"

    This is a really fabulous life story. I had read articles and seen clips relating to the Rich Roll story beforehand, however, this book is read/narrated wonderfully by the Rich himself and really held me captivated throughout. It's bitingly honest and fiercely inspiring throughout. It's finely detailed and superbly structured. highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Goodwin
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    5/18/17
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    "Inspirational but..."

    An amazingly inspirational book - although I'm sure 99% of people have no inclination to run an Ironman. I tried to get through this with an open mind, but I'm just not sold on the author's take on nutrition with regard to the body's acid-base balance.
    My only other minor gripe was the narration. Although I applaud the author wanting to read his own work, I just found his voice a monotonous at times.
    Despite these points I'd still recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    5/12/17
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    "Wow awesome!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    As good as


    What other book might you compare Finding Ultra to, and why?

    The bible


    Which character – as performed by Rich Roll – was your favourite?

    not applicable


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

    It changed my life!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the ultimate self help book. It proves we can all do what we want if we're prepared to put the effort in, and best of all it gives the answers to health, diet, and happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    5/6/17
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    "Great story great guy"

    I'm not a vegan and have no plans to become one but really enjoyed Rich's story and his perspective on life, training and food. Not preachy at all and the guy is a bit of a hero and very honest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amie
    4/21/17
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    "enjoyed"

    Enjoyed it. love the mind-set of ultra marathon runners. wish I had the commitment. would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig Williams
    3/8/17
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    "This guy is incredible and an inspiration. "

    Amazing. Loved every word. His story is inspirational in rejecting the norm. Some dietary information may not be 100% as per the current studies, but the rest is divine listening.

    For vegans, reformers, runners, fitness, health interests, challenges and people who generally like uplifting life changing epiphanies as told by those to which it has happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oxford, UK
    3/1/17
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    "Green power !"

    Enjoyed listening to Rich's laconic Californian voice. Very inspiring and left me wanting to sort my diet out.
    Remember it's not easy - that's why it's called a challenge!

    Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terranovav8
    12/5/16
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    "Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliant book. Inspiring for any middle age person looking for a change in lifestyle and habits.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true zero to hero story. Inspiring story from all angles of a guy who brought himself back from nothing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Recount of the Big 5 was a highlight


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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