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Vassos Alexander shares his insight from interviews with legends of the sport and his own gruelling but rewarding experiences of extraordinary endurance racing - including the legendary 152 mile Spartathlon, widely regarded as the world's most relentless race. Vassos dissects and explores the tenacity that propels many to keep on running and running and running....

©2018 Vassos Alexander (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Alan Purvis
  • 03-14-18

Sounds like it has been computer generated.

What disappointed you about Running Up That Hill?

This genuinely sounds like it's been generated by an AI voice system. Staccato and inflected at the wrong points. I downloaded as I have listened to Vassos on stage and obviously on the radio and he is very articulate.

Really didn't understand what was going on with it. Gave up after 15 minutes as it was so frustrating so can't vouch for whether it got better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above.

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  • P. Ruddy
  • 03-21-18

Low audio quality at beginning

The audio quality at the beginning was awful. It improved enough to listen to the rest or I got used to it. The words were oddly clipped as if individually recorded, so I wondered if it was run through some software to remove pauses or something.

Anyway, other than the problems with the recording, I did enjoy hearing Vassos tell his own story about ultra running journeys. I had recently finished a paper copy of his previous book and it was great to hear this one. The format of his books has a bit of jumping around time wise and this is a bit harder to follow in the audio format but I was expecting it from the previous book.

He has interviews and tips from other runners which makes it feel really good value. He really makes you feel like you are there for the highs and lows and inspires me to put my trainers on and get out there as a beginning runner.

I hope hear more about his future running adventures.

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  • AB
  • 08-13-18

deja vu on the trails

An entertaining listen, but there is considerable overlap between this book and his other book (26.2)

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  • Disgruntled Kindle reader
  • 08-08-18

Ignore review about robotic reading...

This is a well written, well read and massively enjoyable book that will have you reaching for your trainers...

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  • James Massey
  • 07-18-18

Totally bizarre narration

I haven’t finished listening to this. I can’t. It sounds like it’s being read by an automated phone menu service. Very strange pauses and tone changes in the middle of phrases. I genuinely thought this was computer generated speech. Maybe it’s because the narrator and author reads sport on the radio.
So far, the book wasn’t very interesting - just accounts of running some races. Not Rich Roll levels of inspiration. Maybe it gets better

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-26-18

Inspirational

Genuinely one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. Vassos' enthusiasm for running is infectious and when listening to this (when not already running) I couldn't help but feel like I wanted to go for a run.

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  • Greg Borrageiro
  • 05-03-18

Great read

excellent , thanks for motivating me again and giving me the confidence to enter a trail ultra albeit a small one

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  • T L ELSDON
  • 05-02-18

Great book

Really enjoyed this book........ the “magic wand” is soooo true! Loved the passion and perseverance of Vassos!

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  • Old_Timer
  • 04-24-18

Good base story

Loved the base story but just sounded like a reporter pulling in favors and padding the book with interviews. Few too many clichés, which began to read like an Alan Partridge script at times.

Guess it just wasn't for me.

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  • Jodie
  • 04-21-18

Not as good as the first book

I still enjoyed this book (I like to listen to them during cliff runs), but unlike the last book this one was more disjointed. I thought the layout would be similar and there’d be more of a blow by blow of the Sparta ultra. Instead It jumped from different races and commentary from other runners. I know for some people they want it to different or you feel as though it’s the same book. However, Vassos is so enthusiastic as he reads I do find I get sucked in, and at points I laugh and outwardly say ahhh.