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The Pants of Perspective

One Woman's 3,000 Kilometre Running Adventure Through the Wilds of New Zealand
Narrated by: Anna McNuff
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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"A thrilling, coming-of-age journey that will make you yearn to go on your own adventures.” (Runner's World)

Anna was never anything like those "real" runners on telly - all spindly limbs, tiny shorts, and split times - but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder...perhaps being a "real" runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway? 

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridgelines, over mountain passes, along beaches, and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometers in a day, she slept wild most nights and was taken into the homes and hearts of the Kiwi people in between. 

The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colorful, and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story that will lead you on a roller-coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage, and failure. 

For anyone who has ever dreamt of taking on a great challenge but felt too afraid to begin - this story is for you.

©2017 Anna McNuff (P)2018 Anna McNuff

Critic Reviews

"Beaming with limitless ambition, positivity and enthusiasm." (Women’s Running)

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  • Kim
  • WOODINVILLE, WA, United States
  • 12-09-18

I loved this book

The author reads the book with such enthusiasm and energy I couldn't stop listening. If you liked North by Scott Jurek you will like this even more.

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Very inspiring book with superb narration

I loved this book. First heard about Anna on Tough Girl podcast and was interested to listen to this audiobook because I just came back from New Zealand to run from north to south with the Peace Torch as part of the Peace Run relay. Although we ran on the roads to visit towns and schools, I loved it. Kiwis are really very very kind and Anna's description of her journey is very interesting, entertaining and inspiring. Her narration is superb and you can't help it but you are energised and inspired by her.

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Loved this book

I loved how she never downplayed her struggle or pain. If you are looking for inspiration here it is.

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Grueling journey in perseverance, hilarity, pain

Our bookshelves and IPhones are being swamped with tales of adventures -- a refreshing amount by women, young and not-so-young -- who weave and wander thousands of miles about the world upon their feet, kayaks, skis and boots. This one I can proclaim as a certified favorite; just be aware that Ms McNuff, who records her memoir, will exclaim and proclaim about every minute of her six month journey running New Zealand south to north and in full English voice. An enthusiastic voice and spoken in tones so you will know exactly what she had been experiencing! :-) Be not afraid; it is who she is, she is courageous, hilarious, truthful, grateful and glorious in her vocal hugs of praise for all the Kiwi warmth and kindness with which she is embraced along the way is a decided plus.

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  • M
  • 02-20-19

Best running book for inspiration

This book was so inspiring,!it had lots of humor and insights of the sometimes lone runner. The book inspired me to the point that when I do my long distance race this weekend, I will take everything in everything in a positive manner because being positive is a choice.

Love the narration, loved the book.

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Great listen!!

Awesome adventure as told by the author, really entertaining. Really makes me want to get out and explore this wonderful world!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-19

Fandabbydosy

Loved loved loved this book. Honest funny and raw account of what sounds like an amazing adventure and achievement
Well done Anna

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  • Erin
  • 08-22-19

Great Read

Funny, entertaining and makes me want to jump on a plane to NZ right now!
Love your work Anna!!

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  • Ms Jemimah J Irvin
  • 08-05-19

A rocking adventure book

The kind of book that is perfect for listening, because the author/narrator’s personality and passion shines through. Anna’s experiences on her journey are enjoyable to listen to and chock-full of insights into the mental struggles that she worked through as well. I’m all fired up to find my own adventure now.

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  • Jen1977ni
  • 08-05-19

Inspirational!

Absolutely loved listening to this audiobook, Anna was so easy to listen to! I listened as I was out running the trails here in Australia and her storytelling was so good it almost made me feel like I was right there, beside her experiencing everything she did! A must ‘read’ for sure! Thanks Anna and well done on finishing this amazing feat! 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

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  • Jacinta
  • 08-04-19

Amazing book

Loved listening to this, need to book flight to NZ ASAP and do this hike myself! Amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-19

A must listen book!

Anna has shared her journey - physical, emotional and mental - through New Zealand. There’s no pretence, it’s not for anyone but her. I listened to it while training for a half marathon and loved the honesty of it. One of my favourite parts was her realisation that she was making choices that weren’t so she could tell others what she had done, but for herself, her journey and her memories. Loved this book! And want some unicorn pants of my own!

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  • Alana
  • 07-22-19

inspriational

Such a good book the authors enthusiasm is contagious a will get you on your next adventure.

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  • Kate
  • 07-21-19

Interesting listen

Thanks Anna, really interesting to hear your adventures on the Te Araroa trail. some unusual Maori pronounciation though, but being a Brit I'm sure you'll be forgiven.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

Kiwi determination... <br />

I loved listening to this book, being a kiwi myself it was great to hear familiar names of towns, Anna even spoke at my niece's school at Leamington. Look forward to Anna's next adventure.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-21-19

A Great Adventure!

A very captivating read! A story of adventure that's left me itching for my next adventure of my own.