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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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    Blake 01-21-15
    Blake 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and motivational"

    Enjoyed the play by play of the ultras that were talked about along with the detailed background of the runners involved. Good read.

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    mindy 01-19-15
    mindy 01-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun read"

    I really enjoyed the book. It made me want to visit the copper canyons. I even signed up for my first 50k.

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    Dana D 01-14-15
    Dana D 01-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Winning Combo!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to be better than the print version?

    I had purchesed three or four audio books and Chose Born to Run as the one to listen to as I traveled across several states to the Disney Half Marathon and I was glad I did! My driver wasn't as happy for the sheer lack of conversation because the minute he took a breath I was hitting play. McDougall and Sanders are a winning combination! Some books are a one time deal not this one. I would have to say both the race and the book were well worth the time and money.


    Any additional comments?

    The only disappointing part of the book was that it had to end.

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    Cameron 01-14-15
    Cameron 01-14-15
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    "Riveting!"

    Incredible story, great storytelling. Loved it! Whether you're a huge runner or not, it's an excellent read. Definitely recommend it.

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    Chastity Beltz 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, a few good tips, & some history"

    I suggest this book to all runners. Gave me somethings to think about and changed my mind: I AM a runner after all, we ALL are!

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    Jason 01-12-15
    Jason 01-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"

    Excellent story. Excellent audio book. Anyone would enjoy and learn from it, even the non-running folk. Try it out.

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    Federico Larrinaga 01-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    I found this to be fun and educational book. I recommend this book.
    Great stories it keep you in suspense and it draw you in to the race as well.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-04-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Westport, CT

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    "Inspiring"

    The book gets into some anthropology and also ultra distance running, also had some entertaining and quirky characters, which were real persons. I enjoyed it but I am a runner and also interested in human evolution, not sure this book would appeal to everyone.

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    JY L. 10-11-14
    JY L. 10-11-14
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    "Good but more for runners"

    The book has an interesting story to tell, but a complicated one, with various timelines, cultural and biological perspectives, races, characters, etc. I think I would've enjoyed it more if I'd read instead of listened to it, because at some point it was just like "and then there's this amazing runner who was in this amazing race" and I lost track of the connections some times. A small portion of the book was also quite heavy on the biological/physiological aspect of running. I run in my free time and like knowing about the running world and exercise physiology, so if you do too I recommend this book. I'd say it's a max 4-star for non-runners.

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    Amazon Customer Columbus, Ohio,USA 09-28-14
    Amazon Customer Columbus, Ohio,USA 09-28-14 Member Since 2014

    I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have. Very inspirational and informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scientific research that establishes that man is a natural runner.


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice


    If you could give Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. My new favorire

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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