Nowhere Near First

Ultramarathon Adventures from the Back of the Pack
Narrated by: Cory Reese
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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Long before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: He knew how to suffer.

In Nowhere Near First, Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest.

Nowhere Near First is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allows listeners a unique perspective into the challenges and rewards of running, but it also inspires each of us to turn tragedy into triumph.

“Cory Reese writes with humor, humbleness and honesty. His story is both uplifting and real, and his tales of persistence and perseverance are sure to inspire, whether you’re at the front of the pack or nowhere near first. Regardless of the title, this book’s a winner!” (Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)

“Cory Reese’s book, Nowhere Near First, is an immensely entertaining and profoundly educational story about overcoming challenges to forge a meaningful life. Reese’s story is must-read for people looking to find meaning and purpose in modern-day society.” (Karl Hoagland, publisher, UltraRunning Magazine)

“Cory has penned a very personal account of overcoming hardship in his personal and athletic life. Nowhere Near First tells his story of perseverance and survival in a vivid, down and dirty way that peaks with his extraordinarily positive way of looking at life.” (Marshall Ulrich, author of Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America)

©2016 Cory Reese (P)2018 Cory Reese

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Narrator was TERRIBLE

THE STORY WAS GOOD. The writing is funny but the narrator was emotionless and monotone. It's too bad because it could have been GREAT. the narrator sounds like Stephen Hawkins' computer.

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holy.cow.

What can I say other than, my entire perspective on running has changed. Thanks, Cory. I'm encouraged in my own journey.

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HE WROTE THE BOOK!

It had good stories, but was so dry. I don't understand how the person reading their story sounded like he was reading it for the first time. No voice fluctuations or emphasis in any way.
The humor was geared towards middle aged housewife contemplating being bad and having a 3rd glass of wine.
I was expecting a little more from this book and found myself thinking of preciously read books on my long runs, rather than listening intently.

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Hilarious and Relatable

I’m nowhere near fast or first and just enjoy the experience. It’s encouraging to read a book from someone in the back of the pack too. I love that the author doesn’t take himself too seriously and really enjoyed the stories about friends, family and even strangers getting involved in his race experiences.

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Back of the pack runner.

totally worth my time and attention. I loved hearing from a regular guy doing regular running struggles in epic Ultra runs and getting them done. all too often we read or listen to the elites and all their accolades versus the stick-to-itiveness and Truth that comes from Cory. Love to meet him some day if I'm ever in Utah or maybe I'll bump into atta ultramarathon or rim to rim to rim. hey Corey what are you doing then September 2020?

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Fun and motivating! I’m so glad I gave this a try!

I didn’t know what to expect with this book and I ended up really liking it!
At first I had to get past how the author reads out loud. I’ve been listening to so many professionally read books that I took their talent for granted!
Either way this Audiobook is still worth listening to. I liked his training stories and especially loved hearing about how he influenced his family to run and train with him too!
I’m signed up for my first 30k and 50k and my perspective has switched from “I can’t do this, what was I thinking “ to “just have fun and enjoy the process of training and running the trails”

Thanks Cory for writing this book!!!!

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useful if you plan to do an ultra

having done 1 Ultra, Cory is correct. his assessment of what its like is spot on. it takes me back to my 24 hr race and forward to my eventual next race. the pain and mind set are captured well here.

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An engaging story.

Loved the story.
Corey speaks openly about his personal experience with running ultras. Just wish he spoke a little more quickly . Listen at 1.25 and you will be fine.


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Feels like you are there

Cory does a wonderful job of transporting the reader out onto the trails or pavement right alongside him.

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Embodies the essence of ultrarunning

Coming from a fellow ultrarunner, Cory has done a fantastic job of capturing essence of us 90% in the ultra-running world that aren't elites and shared his experiences beautifully. His sense of humor and comical descriptions of training debacles consistently entertain! This was an inspiring and wonderful listen during training runs. Excited for his next one!

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Inspiration!!!

This book was pure inspiration on grit and determination. I certainly got more miles from it.