Into the Furnace

How a 135 Mile Run Across Death Valley Set My Soul on Fire
Narrated by: Cory Reese
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When life turns up the heat, you have two choices. You can bend and break, or you can step boldly into the furnace and let your soul catch fire.

Into The Furnace explores the inner workings of bravery, hope, and passion. These themes are framed against the backdrop of the Badwater Ultramarathon - a 135-mile race across the hottest place on the planet, Death Valley. Cory Reese has walked into the furnace. He has faced adversity, both in running and in life. His book captures the essence of what it means to suffer, what it means to persevere, and ultimately, what it means to create a life of clarity and purpose.

©2018 Cory Reese (P)2018 Cory Reese

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Love his humor and writing style

I am fairly new to the world of ultra running, but have fallen in love with the stories from the sport. Cory Reese wrote another excellent book that I would recommend highly if you think ultramarathons and the people who run them are amazing. Cory is a great narrator as well, he had me cracking up on my runs with his sense of humor and approachable writing style. If you enjoy sport biographies, running, extreme sports, or just want a damn good book, give this and Cory’s other book a try.

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Cory Reese Nailed It! 👍💪😎😁❤️

I just finished a great book, "Into the Furnace" by Cory Reese. Wow! I learned so much about the #badwater135 The way Cory weaved the history of Death Valley into the story is wonderful. The trials that accompanied those who braved it and the race are legend. A really awesome read. I know some of the people mentioned in the book. I even worked and ran with one of them! Bradford Lombardi. This book really attempts to convey the difficulty in even venturing there, let alone running it. Even so, you have to know there is no way, just no way to begin to understand the difficulty unless you go there. So many real, and great people and their stories are discussed. Check it if you want some inspiration. #4realz http://www.fastcory.com 💪😎❤️😁

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Great writing, atrocious narration

This is a great book!! It is a must read for ultra runners and runners alike. But.. the narration is so bad I had to stop listening and buy the book itself. It’s like Cory just had a buddy do the narration and it was. The. First. Time. He. Read. The. Book..seriously, the narration ruins this book.

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it's always great to hear stories of normal people overcoming incredible obstacles. I highly recommend this book especially runners.

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Love the story

I love Cory's story. His experiences gives me hope that I can begin a running program and run a 5k or more soon. I wish I could have him as my coach as I begin a program of losing weight, walking, then running after many years of not doing anything physical. Cory is able to take the mundane sport of running and make it interesting .

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I loved this book!

There’s three stories from three different times, all about Death Valley and the people who adventured through it. They tell of sacrifice and courage and human kindness in a way that will encourage the readers to shake off fear and follow their dreams. Well done Corey.

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Makes me wanna run 100+ miles

I am a runner, but have yet to try an ultra distance yet. I love how it shows Corey as a normal person who can run one of the toughest races in the world. I love the history of the Death Valley area and the Badwater Race are given, and how it relates to Corey. Most of all i love the inspiration am guidance it gives not only about running, but about life!

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Wonderful book. I so admired ultra runners and reading about Bad Water At the end of the book.... I love Cory’s encouragement, positive mental reenforcement getting to the finish line. Most of all the journey to get to that start line of any race.. is so true. And Cory thank you for writing this book. I’d also like that hug you would give. I run St George Marathon maybe I could stop by and get the hug or even a handshake. 😉

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Inspiring book

I listened to this book while marathon training. During one 20 miles run this book helped het me through some tough miles knowing I was not suffering nearly as much as Corey! Loved all the history and background provided as well.

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Good story

This book was pretty good. I would have liked more detail of what went on during the race, but overall a good ultra book.

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Great insight into a tough race

Corey describes his own race, the history of the event and of the land in great detail. He keeps it light hearted with a plethora of dad jokes but doesn't shy away from the grit and determination required to finish a race like this. Great book.