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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Publisher's Summary

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence.

With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a 50-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons.

Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

©2009 Knopf; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history....[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down....The climactic race reads like a sprint....It simply makes you want to run." (Outside Magazine)
"Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (The Irish Times)
A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)

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    Angelica L. Torres de Dominguez 04-10-15

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    "awesome book, must read for humans!"

    If you needed inspiration, in life and want to hear how the impossible is possible, this book is for you!

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    Robert Coleman 04-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a runner."

    I never have run, never will run, but I really really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read his next book.

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    Guilherme 04-01-15
    Guilherme 04-01-15

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Inspirational and full of great stories"
    If you could sum up Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen in three words, what would they be?

    Can make it in 4: Back to the origins.
    I went into this thinking that it would probably be a pretty good book, but maybe best for super athletes, but nothing could be further from the truth. This book is for anyone who enjoys discovering new ideas and information. It also might inspire you to pick up your running shoes (or not!) and hit the trails for a nice long run.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    Caballo Blanco, I mean who would not admire a crazy wanderer that decided to leave everything behind to live a nomadic running life in the middle of nowhere. There is something very poetic about people who care so much about their inner selves, soul or whatever you want to call it that they are able to leave the system altogether


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Nike wants your money, they don't care about your feet - you don't need great shoes to run great.


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    it should be worth it. Canby, OR, United States 03-30-15
    it should be worth it. Canby, OR, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "O.k. the positive reviews really tricked me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was like watching T.V.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected and not surprising.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Fred Sanders?

    Yes


    Do you think Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! I can't listen to one more word about barefoot running. Maybe it's true, maybe it's not...to be frank I just don't care! I thought this book would inspire me as some of the reviews said...but I didn't find it inspiring. To be fair I found it mildy entertaining...kind of like watching t.v.


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    B. Crowley 03-28-15
    B. Crowley 03-28-15

    Love creative nonfiction, a strong modern literary piece, social psychology, and young adult fiction.

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    "Mind Blowing Story Weaved w Science"

    Completely inspiring to read while boosting my own running regime.
    Impacts the way I will run for the rest of my life!

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    B-Dizzle-My-Schnizzle Oakland, MI, United States 03-27-15
    B-Dizzle-My-Schnizzle Oakland, MI, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.

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    "Fantastic Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    Okay, here comes the disclaimer everybody else makes... I'm not a runner, or at least I have never been a very good one. I don't run marathons and am only now starting to do some shorter runs/jogging/mostly walking to lose weight. After giving in and giving it a try (with not very high expectations that I would actually like it), I have to say, this is an awesome book. There's a lot that makes it tick and come together so well, but one of the true highlights is the crazy cast of characters that run around in these insane ultra marathons! I mean, one is a woman who is a school teacher by day or something like that and then runs 50 to 100 miles "for fun", one guy is running through the desert barefoot, one guy is pulling out his toenails because "they kept falling out anyways". Then you have the wonderkids Billy and Jenn, partying all night to get up and run 50 miles or more and chugging down pizza and soda at race stops. Insane! and that is just a sampling of the many different characters that show up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hard to say what I liked best about this story. The characters are so interesting and the asides about the running industry and the shoe industry are fascinating (admit it, you always kind of knew in the back of your head that a lot of the athletic shoe industry is just plain BS). There's just a lot of good (and really fun stuff) to absorb from this book. It is a real inside look at ultra marathons and ultra runners and the science of running (the good and the bad) without getting dull or boring. I've always known that the only way I have ever really lost excess weight and kept it off is from running (elliptical machines and "spinning" be damned). Now, I think I have a little more insight into what I think I may have always known intuitively.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    The narration is good. Pretty flawless I think even though Mr. Sanders doesn't necessarily do different voices or anything special. He just reads the book well and doesn't seem to come up short anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I only have one final thing to add to this review. One negative I see from people that give the book a lower rating is that they wish more history of the Tarahumara was given. Please read the title. This is not a history book about the Tarahumara. This is a book about running, ultra running, and ultra runners that also contains information about the Tarahumara and some of their past, both in running and outside of running. If you want a history book, this book isn't for you. If you want a well written book that tells an exciting story about running and that provides some additional insight into the human body and the spirit that drives excellence in athletic ability then you found it.

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    Mario D 03-27-15
    Mario D 03-27-15
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    "Wow, never gets old."

    loved it, really awesome story to get lost to. Recommend to any runner or non runner alike, even though, after , you might want to try.

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    Kirill 03-26-15
    Kirill 03-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story, inspirational too"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    It's well-written, well-narrated, and it makes you want to drop everything and just start running, which explains my high rating for this book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely, the story is so captivating and so well-spoken, it makes you want to read it in one.. sitting? or maybe while running in one of those ultra-marathons.


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    Kenneth Lee 03-23-15
    Kenneth Lee 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What a fabulous story about running!!!"

    Can't stop listening to the audio book. Very entertaining! I hope a lot of non-runners will get a chance to read this book and start to run again. I believe what the scientists said, we could very well be the Running People! Fascinating story about the human race!

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    William J Renfrow 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    I liked the narrator. The story really makes me want to go running. I've always muddled in long distance running and hiking so I was interested to listen to great exploits. I don't know many people that enjoy and appreciate the clarity of exhaustion so it's nice to listen to a great story and reaffirm a strong desire I always carry, even when mostly stuck in an office.

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