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Ultramarathon Man Audiobook

Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

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Publisher's Summary

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

©2005 Dean Karnazes; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Karnazes' book is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-15-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-15-11 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "If only I had his determination..."

    It is rather motivational. Even if you never plan (or want) to run extreme distances, it does pick you up for those short runs too - i.e. if he can drag his butt through 199 miles, why can't I just finish this 5 miles?

    He is very extreme and I imagine it's a good thing there are few like him - I believe that running is good for body and soul, but don't think we should push ourselves to the extent that these extreme runners do.

    I find it amazing that he can fit a family life and a job into his reality, but he claims to do so. Makes me feel lazy with my one hour a day to hear how he runs, literally, from Friday night to Sunday evening, then goes back to work on Monday morning.

    Sigh... I really gotta keep his determination in mind when I give up on my marathon training mid-season because I find it too time-consuming. The narration is good, and there's no sense of the author being "full of himself". He has done amazing things with his body... good for him!

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    A. Craig McGinnis Morganton, NC United States 07-21-17
    A. Craig McGinnis Morganton, NC United States 07-21-17
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    "Opens your mind to the super runners in the world."

    Having the subject narrate made it more authentic. Also an excellent testimony of a man's continued love for a lost sister as well as turning his passion into helping others.

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    Dr. Anthony G. Jay 06-24-17

    #DRJ...scientist, simplifier, speaker, outdoorsman, #estrogeneration author

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    "INSPIRING!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    So much experience and incredible accomplishments here! It's such a shame Dean Karnazes isn't recognized for the hero he truly is (it's financial....yes, i get it).


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    Miles 06-12-17
    Miles 06-12-17
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    "Enjoyable but not amazing"

    I am a runner and listened to this on my runs, so I should be Dean's ideal audience. In general, his writing style can be a bit shallow but it is still generally interesting. I would have actually appreciated more details on certain things (his training, his races, his nutrition, more conversations with the people he met). He sort of seems to touch upon a lot that I would have liked to have heard more on but then never digs down as much as a runner might like to hear.

    I've listened to this, and now Road to Sparta, and based on that I think this is the better book, or that one should only listen to one. There's too much commonality between the two. I think maybe he's trying too hard to be philosophical but doesn't have it in him. That said it was an enjoyable listen, the narrator was fine (I never found him distracting), and there were a few high points that helped me push a little harder on my runs. Just not as much depth as I would have preferred.

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    Lisa A. Castlio 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome, funny and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    I felt strongly that Dean was able to take me as the reader on the runs with him.


    What other book might you compare Ultramarathon Man to and why?

    I read Pam Reed and Scott Jurek's books about ultra running and Dean's was by far my favorite. I felt that Pam was just talking about the running and not sharing the experience, and her views on anorexia seemed irresponsible. I loved Scott's book up until he talked about how his wife left him and when he said he wished he had taken more time for himself, which made me view him as selfish and ungrateful for all of his experiences.


    Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

    Dean


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

    I laughed, I did not cry, but more than that I am inspired. I am starting to run again (ran a few marathons when I was younger), so thank you!!


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    Derrek N Holland 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories"

    really enjoyed this. Several reviews talked about how "self agrandizing" it os with his stories. Well its a book written by the guy that has done some amazing feats of human endurance, so I don't know what they expected. I enjoyedthe stories and his motivation behind them. This isn't a how to book, its one guys stories. I found it very motivating and enjoyable

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    amariah hash 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ultra Awesome Book!!! "

    I am inspired to go ultra, but have yet to go past 26.2...I will in the next two weeks run 26.3 or more now. wow...

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    Chris D. 02-08-17
    Chris D. 02-08-17
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    "Surprising unrevealing"

    Entertaining at times, but shallow and uninspiring overall. Hoped for more depth and content from such an extraordinary athlete, like Finding Ultra, Rich Roll.

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    barry larsen jr 01-28-17
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    "entertaining"

    So far I have listened with my kids (10 & 7), and with the exception of a few cuss words, this book had held our interest.

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    Riverside Fan 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating storytelling"

    I couldn't stop listening because of the way he told the story. Sure, he may sound a little arrogant at times, but that doesn't take away from the story at all. Highly recommended for any endurance athlete or somebody who likes hearing good stories.

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