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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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    Mesut 08-25-16
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    Honest, encouraging, and informative. The author does a good job voicing his own book. Even if you dont intend to follow a plant based diet give his story a chance.

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    techieguy 08-09-16
    techieguy 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Showing you it's never to late to change your life"

    Read this book because I got to see Rich Roll in person at Vegfest. His story of overcoming addictions such as alcoholism and bad eating to turning his life around on Vegan diet is unbelievable. He shows you what the human body is capapable of doing when fed the right foods.

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    Brett Barker Gilbert, AZ USA 08-01-16
    Brett Barker Gilbert, AZ USA 08-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing story!"

    What a great read! Mr. Roll has a good style that kept me engaged throughout. I found myself getting swept up in the events, and getting nervous, even though I knew how they turned out! A great success story.

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    Amazon Customer 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular book!"

    A phenomenal read! This book is a true to anyone. Whether your trying to find ULTRA or if your just trying to find YOURSELF! Dig Deep!
    Pareo333

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    Garret 07-22-16
    Garret 07-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of its respective category. Good for fans of 'Born to Run' or 'Eat & Run'


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

    Stopping mid way up a flight of stairs, looking at his sleeping daughter and realizing that he would not be around for her adulthood.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I sympathized with his rejection of traditional food labels, even 'vegetarian' or 'vegan.' Rather, he focuses on a plant-based diet. You can find your own health without anyone else telling you what you need.


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

    Just the right length for a book of this kind. Plenty of practical advice regarding: nutrition, sports (swimming/running/biking), addiction, discipline, family, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the honest approach. He certainly accomplished some awesome things, but even in the midst of those accomplishments - he pauses to recognize personal flaws and regrets.

    Such as... you can do awesome things, but if you never see your family - what is the point?

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    Sam Holliday 07-12-16
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    "Narration rivals Ben Stein, unfortunately with no Bueller"

    While the overall story is unquestionably laden with copious amounts of motivation and inner drive, the author/narrator's delivery is dry, emotionless, and spends the entire book without any fluctuation of pitch and tone. In the title of my review I compare the author/narrator to Ben Stein and I feel this is a tad harsh and even inaccurate. To clarify, this book makes me long for Ben Stein's delivery and style in which he speaks. I offer my sincerest apologies to Ben for this quick comparison, as he would have the listener readily choose him over the author/narrator.

    I gave the story itself four stars, maybe I should have given it five, because the author's story is certainly worth telling and extremely motivational. However, I would steer clear of listening to this while running and instead save it for those restless nights where sleep evades you at every turn.

    Best of luck to the author and I wish I wish him success in life's journeys.

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    jill 07-09-16
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    "Rich Roll is one of a kind"

    Having been a competitive athlete, I found the book - overall - to be a worthy listen. It is Roll's journey to re-set his life, all within the context of 'righting the ship,' finding himself, and finding what works for him. Some of the ultra race narratives seem to go on a little longer than was frankly enjoyable, but the final chapters tied it all together as a manifesto and practical manual for addressing nutrition, performance, energy and optimal health. However it is not for everyone, although his enthusiasm and insights, candor and information, have led us to vastly reduce the amount of animal proteins in our diet, although the cheese stays ;)! I appreciated the story enough to pick up Roll's book "The Plant-Powered Diet" on kindle, and have recommended this book to others serious in their pursuit of optimal athletic performance.

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    Damon Stoddard 07-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring"

    A friend recommended this. I'm glad I got it. As an aspiring athlete this book is truly inspiring...helping me believe I can be a triathlete and breaking my paradigm about how to eat.

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    Arturo Amador Cruz 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read out of curiosity, ended up trying began"

    Amazing inspirational book... I am now on my third week as a vegan and really living it!

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    Micaela 06-30-16
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    "Great book. A true inspiration"

    Loved it. Narrated by the author bringing a true engagement.
    It inspired me to take better care of myself. Highly recommended

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  • Ray
    Peterlee, United Kingdom
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    "Main focus is vegan smoothies."
    Would you try another book written by Rich Roll or narrated by Rich Roll?

    Doubt it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The whole book was quite disappointing in that the main focus was on calories and very little for the spirit.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some personal events but these were few and far between.


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

    No the title is misleading and was not the book I thought it would be so therefore would be a poor film if based on book and not title.


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  • Mark
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    1/9/14
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    "A Great Story"

    I can only have admiration for Rich Roll after listening to this great audiobook. If you're a runner or triathlete then this is for you. If you're a vegan, an alcoholic, ex druggie or whatever then this book is for you too. Recommended.

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  • Lakeskip
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    4/9/13
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    "Maybe a bit Hollywood..."

    I cannot deny I liked this book, his narration maybe doesn't suit as he does drawl a bit, but on the whole I had no problem finishing it and I do not regret buying it. My initial interest was the vegan athlete bit and it does read as it says on the cover. It is an interesting, if not a bit 'Hollywood' story. I'm still dithering over one of the super blenders he mentions.....

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  • H. Bacon
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    1/19/13
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    "Didn't enjoy this one bit unfortunately"

    I really struggled with this one. I've listened to quite a few running books now and usually enjoy them, but this one I couldn't get through. I got used to the poor narration, but then struggled to buy in to what he was saying. He describes his life like a movie, with all the drama that one might see on screen. However, I've fallen off my bike several times and not once had the crystal-clear experience as he describes - neither for any of my mates. I'm also vegan and again, my experience really doesn't accord with how he portrays his. Finally, I simply couldn't buy **spoiler alert** that a fat man with only a few short runs under his belt (as described by him) then went out and ran 24 miles in 4 hours on a hot and dusty trail run, without any food/water and no ill effects or soreness whatsoever. Far be it from me to say whether he's embellishing, or not, but I simply couldn't listen to it. Either he's a fat couch potato or he isn't, but it is far from inspiring to hear stories I can't believe. If you like the Andy Holgate Ironman book, then this is that but with the volume turned up to 20. Not for me, but clearly has it's fans.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    La Nucia, Spain
    1/8/13
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    "Fabulous listen"

    Funny, heartwarming & intense. A great story by a very inspirational guy. Some motivational tips on both running and nutrition too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    BROSELEY, SHROPSHIRE, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "get up and change your life"
    What made the experience of listening to Finding Ultra the most enjoyable?

    enthusiastic narration, and an interestng story


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

    Born to Run, by Chris MacDougal. Both are explorations of possibility.


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

    It's an autobiography, stupid!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Rich's cessation of his chemical/drink behaviours. Been there, done that. It resonates.


    Any additional comments?

    Think bigger about yourself: there's a lot to learn from this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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