Reborn on the Run

My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Aside from her rock star looks, Catra Corbett is a standout in the running world on her accomplishments alone. Catra is the first American woman to run over 100 miles or more on more than 100 occasions and the first to run 100 and 200 miles in the Ohlone Wilderness, and she holds the fastest known double time for the 425-miles long John Muir Trail, completing it in 12 days, four hours, and 57 minutes.

And, unbelievably, she's also a former meth addict.

After two years of addiction, Catra is busted while selling, and a night in jail is enough to set her straight. She gives up drugs and moves back home with her mother, abandoning her friends, her boyfriend, and the lifestyle that she came to depend on. Her only clean friend pushes her to train for a 10K with him, and surprisingly, she likes it and decides to run her first marathon after that.

In Reborn on the Run, the listener keeps pace with Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world's best ultrarunners.

©2018 Catra Corbett and Dan England (P)2018 Tantor
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No flow

I really wanted to like this book. As a seasoned ultra runner, I love hearing other people's stories and what brought them to the sport. The structure of this book was poor throughout. There wasn't a cohesive and flowing storyline and I felt like the author constantly jumped back and forth between different times of her life, which left me a little confused at times. There was a lot of redundancy throughout the book as well. She repeated the same phrases often and would sometimes reword the same points. She has a great story to tell, but I just couldn't get into it because of how poorly it was written.

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  • M
  • 12-04-18

Book was great

Book was great; however, the narrator needed a little more energy. Sometimes I could tell what character she was trying to be.

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Lackluster writing, mediocre narration

This book is the usual fare for runners' books these days: addict finds escape from life's struggles in ultra-running. But this one utterly failed to bring me into the experience. At no point did I ever feel the pain or struggle of the author's achievements, as she dismissed her first 50 and 100 mile races with a paragraph or two. Events depicted in the book, while ordinary, might have been harrowing, riveting, or terrifying, but the reader is never made to feel the emotions of those moments.

It truly feels like this book had no editor. Not only for the reasons already mentioned, but because it often repeats itself, sometimes in contradictory ways. And, not being a dog-person maybe I just do not understand, but what editor would allow an entire chapter recounting a history of the dogs the author has owned, how she came to own them, and how they died into the book? I'm not making that up. An entire chapter of "that's when I met fluffy, Fluffy and I loved to run together. He appreciated the majesty of the trail and we ran together a lot." What the crap?! How did that get past the editor, or the beta-readers?

Also the narrator is not great. She vacillates between only two voices: one a sleepy voice that sounds like she is almost slurring her words, making her sound like she is half in the bag, and the other, a giddy-sounding voice like a child who is so excited about the punchline of a joke that they cannot keep their voice calm enough to tell the setup. Too bad the book is not funny.

In conclusion, I think this book would only be of interest to someone who has some particular interest in the author herself, because as just a common listener who enjoys running books, I found it very difficult to get through.

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Inspiring, Heartbreaking, Real and Fun

Catra tells her story well and isn’t afraid to talk about her mistakes and what she learned from them. I enjoyed listening to her story during my runs and will be listening again soon. Thank you Catra for sharing your life story, you inspired me to challenge myself as a trail runner and to overall be a better human being. You are a beautiful soul!

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I am not going to lie, I listened 3 times

This is probably the most interesting poorly written book I have ever listened to. Catra's story was VERY interesting. The writing wasn't the best, it was very repetitive at times and the constant references to epic, hardcore and awesome were too much. BUT underneath all that, the story is VERY good.

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inspirational!!

I couldn't break away from listening to this book!! I couldn't wait to find out what Catra's next epic adventure was going to be!! I love how she was so open and raw with some of the most painful parts of her life.

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  • JH
  • 06-26-20

Still worth the listen, despite...

The story was great, but the narrator delivered it poorly, and the writing and organization of the story was terrible. That said, still worth the listen, but be patient while you give this audiobook a chance.

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Esp Great for Female Ultra Runners

I enjoy reading about runners, and ultra running in particular, but there is a dearth of stories written by women, so I appreciate hearing their experiences even more. Catra is a legend and a colorful figure in ultra running, which is what drew me to her story. It’s a quick, inspirational listen, and it kept me motivated to work hard and train when I felt a little off.

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Great book!

My review won’t give the book the credit it deserves. I’ve followed Catra on social media for years and looked forward to this book. I grew up with addict parents so I appreciated hearing that part of her story. I also loved the race/training recaps. It’s nice to know bad ass humans start somewhere! I listened to majority of her book while running in the woods! It made me happy and the miles went by so quick! I felt like I was running with a friend. Thanks Catra!

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Inspiring and entertaining!

My favorite ultra book this far. Those with ED, sex abuse and just some real shit in life will like this story of perseverance.

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  • Mr
  • 02-15-19

Addictive!

I’m a big guy looking for inspiration to get back into running. This book has been really valuable to me. It’s really well written, well read and just the perfect partner as you “zip up and set off”.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together.........keep running Cat!

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  • liv j.
  • 08-21-19

inspirational

she tells her story so well. I am constantly reminded of how strong our mind is when we really decide to do something. worth the listen!

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  • A. M. Dowd
  • 08-01-19

Very inspirational

Great audio book. I’ve read most of the running books out there and Catra’s name has cropped up before so I was intrigued. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would say it is in my top 5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-19

Started well, but tailed off.

The first 40-50% of the book is quite good. But I couldn't help find the second half, particularly the latter stages, a bit repetitive and, if I'm being honest, a bit egotistical.

I ended up thinking - "ok we get it, you're a bad-ass who runs 100 milers" and found it a quite boring in the end.

Narrator not great either. A bit disappointed all in all. Gave it 3 stars because of the first half, which I quite liked.

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  • david butterly
  • 04-07-19

Allyson Ryan should never be the narrator for this

could not get into the story for the terrible performance of the narrator, spoiled the story as well as my long runs.

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  • Harry T.
  • 06-06-20

Inspired

Great story of a life well lived. Will make you sad, happy and inspired. Loving the dogs.

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  • tasha
  • 12-23-19

inspirational

incredible journey, incredible lady. really enjoyed this book, honest, brave and inspiring!! keep going strong Catra!! xx

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  • peter
  • 09-26-19

A gruelling Journey

And that was how I felt at the end of this book, the narration was really annoyingly piesey, I was going to return the title a few times, but hoped there would be some uplifting motivational narative, but it never happened, just boring chapter slogging after chapter of droning narration.
Sorry not a good one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

Pretty average

It’s awesome what she overcame, but at times it was pretty slow going and I had to force myself to keep listening. Her writing is quite disjointed at times and lacks flow. Overall it’s OK but I prefer more uplifting stories personally.

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  • Lisa Ayres
  • 02-26-20

Inspiring

An honest story of her life. She’s amazing, really inspiring. Loved the book. Recommended read/listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-20

Brilliant

Raw and inspiring, heat breaking in places but so much resilience and gracious. Well written. Good flow. East to listen to

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  • Joanne Murrell
  • 08-23-19

inspirational

an inspiring story of breaking free from toxic environment and making a new start. I listened to this out on my own running sessions.