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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Karnazes just keeps going!

Enjoyed the book ultra marathon man. Dean Karnazes has quite a career ! Enjoyed knowing he runs for valuable causes not just for glory!

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Dean is amazing

A wonderful true story about someone who had running talent as a boy, had his passion for running ruined by a careless comment from a mean coach, was going in a wrong direction as an adult, only to put on his running shoes in the middle of the night and not look back. He tells running stories that are almost unbelievable and definitely are inspirational.

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I'm a runner so I really liked this!

What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

His personal stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

When he was running in the dessert.

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

The main character: the author.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Dean K. is an amazing individual. His story is well worth listening to.

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I'm not a runner

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The story is very captivating and it kept me entertained. The narration is great too. I was surprised that although I'm not a runner I still very much enjoyed the book.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 05-31-14

Just Keep Running

This book has been an inspiration to stop holding myself back and just run more. Don't worry about working up to something. Just find your limits. Stop worrying about little aches and pains. Most of us have learned to pamper ourselves and avoid discomfort. It is time to seek a different, more rewarding, and more difficult path.

Some reviewers say the book is too egotistical. Only mildly so. It is an autobiography, what did you expect he was going to write about? It will motivate you out of your comfort zone.

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Amazingly entertaining while running...

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

The fact that I was able to combine listening to Karnazes' achievements, and goals, and the stories of his life, while I was also out running. I'm no ultra-marathon man, but a book like this causes "connections" and was very inspiring.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

The thing I keep coming back to is where he was running along a road, called ahead, and ordered a pizza ... and the guy delivered it while he was still running...

Have you listened to any of James Yaegashi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. I like his voice, but the reason I gave this four, and not five stars, is that the pauses at breaks, ans chapters were much too long. There were some issues with the production, I think.

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

No, just thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately went to find more books by the same author - which I already did, and listened to.

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Only 1 redeeming quality of this book

Any additional comments?

... and that is the story of how Dean started running again as an adult. He had an opportunity to cheat on his wife, and he ran from it (and never stopped). That is praiseworthy and admirable. Cheers and blessings to Dean and his family. The rest of the book was truly self-congratulatory and an exercise in self-promotion and self-marketing. While it is very cool that he includes his family in his adventures, I had to flog myself to finish the book.

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  • Los
  • Surprise, AZ, United States
  • 04-21-14

Excellent listen!

This guy is both crazy and amazing.

Was not sure I would like but refused to stop once starting.

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From Couch to 100 miles

Dean Karnazes is probably one of the most public figures in ultra-running. In this book, he highlights his amazing comeback to ultra-running. He tells us the only pizza place to deliver to a crossroads is Round Table Pizza. He articulates his passion for running for himself and for causes. This book is full of exciting adventures and challenges you to think about getting off of your couch and heading outside.

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  • Steven
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 12-31-13

Entertaining and informative. Ignore the critics.

Any additional comments?

A lot of people have criticized this book as being "self-glorifying," but I completely disagree. The book was very human, and it is easy for the reader to relate to Dean.