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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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    This was an awesome story that is well told. It is well written, well researched and really tells a story of humanity. It is also very inspiring to get you off the couch and get out and move. Best book I have listened to so far.

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    I loved it, it was great! Everyday I wanted to hear some more, and tell everyone around what I had discovered. I loved the characters and the parts where he diverges from the storyline to educate the reader about running. Great book I would recommend for any runner (even newbies like me). Very motivating.

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    "This book made me do a 180."

    Loved it. The narrator was great. I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in 4 or 5 days. Chapter 25 was my favorite because it outlined the details of the basic thesis of the book in a convincing and authoritative way.

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    This is one of those stories that excels being told audibly. It flows freely and kept my interest. I don't usually bookmark audible stories, but I found myself bookmarking several spots so that I could easily find the information.

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    "Great book to inspire you about life!"

    Made me love running even more & made me appreciate it. Life and running go hand and hand or foot to pavement!

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    Awesome!! I love the story and the characters. It's like you are running with them. Great job in the writing and the presentation!

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    "A runners bible."

    I'm writing this review after the second time I've listened and I can't speak more highly of the entire listening experience. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Wether you want a story about running, evolution, or the strength of human spirit. This book is for you. Amazing.

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    Very interesting, informational, and inspirational. I'm sad it's over. Looking forward to another book like this in the future.

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    "I was surprised how well written and good it was."

    I thoroughly enjoyed it possibly, because I didn't expect a book about running to be so captivating with such an interesting story and so many scientifically based facts at same time. It's very much worth listening to although, there are parts that can be hard to follow. It's a great story with information everyone should know or at least consider about running and our human nature.

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    "I'm running an Ultra now..."

    ... and this book is the reason why! If you love to run, find out why you were born to. It will inspire you to run an Ultra as well.

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