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The Cool Impossible

The Coach from "Born to Run" Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles - and from Yourself
Narrated by: Nick Cordero
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
4 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Featured in the best-selling book Born to Run, coach and performance guru Eric Orton has spent a lifetime learning and thinking about running and about the limitless possibilities of the human body and mind. In The Cool Impossible, Orton shares his wealth of knowledge in an inspiring step-by-step guide that will open up a new world of achievement for runners of all levels of ability and experience. The truth is: Athleticism is awareness. That simple phrase is at the core of The Cool Impossible. Athleticism requires awareness of form and technique, awareness of our effort level, and, most important, awareness of what we think (and don' t think). And with that awareness comes the possibility of endless potential and improvement, progress and mastery - and, ultimately, achievement that you never before would have thought possible. With a program focused on proper running form, strength development, and cardiovascular training, Orton will help first-step beginners, prime-time competitors, and enduring veterans reach " the cool impossible" - the belief that any achievement, athletic or otherwise, is within our reach.

©2013 Train with Eric, LLC (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Inadequate in Audio Format. No supplement offered.

I was super excited about this book, but in the end was disappointed that there was no supplement to the audio book. Really, how is this unabridged? Complete sections are missing.

Eric makes a lot of references to items that appear in the print edition and there's no option for those of us who purchased the audio-book to understand unless we supplement this book with a purchase of a print edition also.

Having said that, I did enjoy the material and I did pick up a thing or two from listening to it. Overall however I was just annoyed. I wish I had purchased the print edition rather than this audio-book. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistake.

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Audio book for a specific to his training facility

What disappointed you about The Cool Impossible?

After listening to 'Born to Run', I had an expectation about this book, but the whole book is about the training routine specific to the location and workout. Not useful for a casual runner

What could Eric Orton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make this book generic for runners for a typical workout schedule instead of focusing on one. Also adding a good examples will help to motivate like the one at the beginning of the book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Lost in focus

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Diasppointment

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Great content but patience is required

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cool Impossible to be better than the print version?

This book has some really good stuff in it and is a good followup to Born to Run if you are wanting to apply some of that enthusiasm felt after reading that book. Unfortunately, while Orton is a great trainer with terrific insight he is not a very good writer. The narration is really poor. It is not one you want to listen to while running but I found the content really good and well worth the effort it takes to get through it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Orton again?

yes

How could the performance have been better?

different narration, better writing

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Epilogue before the end...

The story is ok, but is best if you have read "Born to run" before this book. The impression of Audible was decreased by the fact that my download had an ending after chapter 6, then an epilogue, and then chapter 7 as a final ending... Frustrating!

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Not really meant for audio

Book was fine but the audible version did not have any of the appendixes he refers to...missing a huge portion of the material. Plus the ending was messed up. The book ended and then the forward was read. Then there was another section of the book- a second ending. Weird.

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Amazing

Read the reviews on this book and hesitated buying it. But glad I did, this book has more real running information and help for average runners, than any book I've bought. Thank you Eric

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One of my favorites!!!really enjoyed this audible

Really enjoyed this book as it came at a perfect time....i ran many races this year and fealt uninspired to run lately
..This book reignited my flame...thank you Eric
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Love your cool impossible.= it is achieved in our household

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Blah

Does not translate well into an audio book. Besides the annoying storytelling, not being able to see the exercises being described is a disadvantage. Needs more discussion on the nutrition part, not sure if print has more to offer.

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Not worth buying at all

What a waste of time! I can't believe how bad this was, I'm still in shock

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missing stuff by getting audio

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is frustrating because the author refers to content in the book, which we can't see. I am not yet half through and trying to return it.

Would you recommend The Cool Impossible to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audio version. Also, the book version is probably better because I can skip the weird narrative and get right to the point of the book.

What didn’t you like about Nick Cordero’s performance?

He mispronounces some words! Also he reads in a monotone.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

n/a