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Born to Run: Audiobook

Born to Run:: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, 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 ultra runners 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 Christopher McDougall (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Hugely entertaining.... One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (Times)

"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)

A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)

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    Anonymous 06-29-17
    06-29-17
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    "inspiring"

    loved it... want to run... if not as an ultra runner... atleast upto be a usual marthoner

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    smita somane 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb anthropological run motivational!"

    excellent narration.Very live at a time philosophical.Real research work on running.Boon to marathoners!
    Explained barefoot tradition so well.

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    Kathryn 07-12-15
    Kathryn 07-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A captivating story"

    Spellbinding. Brilliantly narrated. Extremely interesting links between evolution, psychology and running. I couldn't stop listening.

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    sarndra Kennedy 02-18-15
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    "Loved it"
    Where does Born to Run: rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What other book might you compare Born to Run: to and why?

    For me its out on its own


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    He portrayed the characters well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


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    Reece 05-29-14
    Reece 05-29-14
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: the most enjoyable?

    A great read; entertaining, insightful, funny, and factual. I would recommend this book to even non-runners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edgette 05-01-14
    Edgette 05-01-14
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    "Runners read this!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, but I really love running. It is full of interesting theories and facts and really inspiring to get out there and run, just run. It also has some great stories to be told along the way. Highly recommended, especially if you have an interest in running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-14-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book for runners!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have already done so! It's got lots of great information about running & nutrition!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked it for all the practical tips I got out of it. It had a lot of 'think more about this' stuff in there. Even if you don't choose to take it all for gospel, it's good to have a think about. Also there were so many inspiring stories throughout the book.


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

    I liked Jenn Shelton.. due to she was younger, funny and relatable.


    If you could give Born to Run: a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why go barefoot?


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I felt it a bit hard to concentrate when the book jumps quickly from story to story. But could have just been me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Bendigo, Australia 02-15-14
    Tim Bendigo, Australia 02-15-14
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    "The journey, not just the destination"
    If you could sum up Born to Run: in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, Facts, Options


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barefoot Ted


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

    Allows me to be on the move


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me curious


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the creative journey of the book, having just got into long distance running I am digesting a lot at the moment..

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    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Non Fiction that reads like Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    Hard to say more than the other reviews. This book changed my view of running, and opened up a new world of ultra running that I never knew existed. Great read for anyone wanting to be inspired to put on those running shoes (or take them off as the case may be ;)

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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Revive your motivation to run and get fit."
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The various characters were very interesting. You got to know each one in this book well and the story for each character was told really well. The intertwining of some science was cleverly done.


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

    Humans were meant to move! And humans were meant to move bare foot!


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  • Mr S Harrison
    6/13/16
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    "Utter tosh!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The utter rubbish the book spouts!


    What could Christopher McDougall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narration was fine/good


    Do you think Born to Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The entire story is written like a long scientifically baseless fantastical 'journalist' magazine piece that are everywhere these days. By that I mean over used hyperbole, overly romanticised people and environments and lacking any basis in science, whilst it's a good example of the modern style of manipulative convincing pseudo-science that will convince most lay people, anyone with any kind of background in science will just get angry with the utter bollocks this book spouts! I recommend reading Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and then you will notice all the tricks this book employs.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Valentine
    10/17/17
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    "My favourite book ever."

    this is my favourite book ever. then I am in my 40's an engineer and a enjoy the pain of distance running. After listening I bought the real book and I am always telling people about it.

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  • Jennie
    7/29/17
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    "excellent"

    unbelievable insight to the running world. even if you have never run you will want to after this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James N
    6/15/17
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    "Inspiring"

    Great listen! Recently got back into running and this is a great story to inspire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/15/17
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    "Running"

    What a story! If you've managed to run to a point where your broken... this story is very relatable and inspirational!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hedwig
    6/11/17
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    "Second time through..."

    Love this book. And the audio version is perhaps even more uplifting. Great voice. Great narration. Made me laugh out loud a few times and tear up at others (even second time around). Highly recommend if you're any kind of athlete. And highly recommend even if you're not. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan Ellis
    5/25/17
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    "Stop reading this, Buy the Book!!!!"

    What a great book!! I was glued to my audible app for the duration! A brilliantly told story with additional information seamlessly sown into the story to give you a complete picture! I'm not a runner, but I loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plamen
    5/5/17
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    "Very interesting!"
    Where does Born to Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the first book I have heard so far on that subject, but is certainly a very good one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run?

    The third race in Colorado.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


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

    It was, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, I am not aware of how true it is or whether the facts check out, but is certainly a book, which is hard to stop listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
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    5/2/17
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    "Understandably a cult hit for runners"
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    Fantastically engaging and entertaining book for runners. It's clear why it has received such a cult following, but at the same time isn't too preachy about the merits of barefoot running. I for one won't be ditching my trainers anytime, but it has been interesting to learn about the alternative way of training.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • smac3
    3/18/17
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    "What a race!"

    Brilliant story with engaging characters. Both informal and inspiring. Also a great performance by the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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