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The Rise of the Ultra Runners

A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance
Narrated by: Adharanand Finn
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Marathons are no longer impressive.

Pain is to be relished, not avoided. 

Hallucinations are perfectly normal. 

Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illness? 

Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and from a 24-hour track race in Tooting to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 

The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

©2019 Adharanand Finn (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Ultra runner account

As a person whom ran these races, I find it very very very very boring

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  • Debs M-C
  • 06-03-19

Brilliant!

Loved this. I listened to this while running and often my mind drifts, but I was gripped by this. It’s not just for ultra runners. Perfect for anyone interested in endurance sports. So well researched, with lots of interesting facts and stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

Fantastic Finn gets to the heart of ultra running

A gripping story from the very start giving a firsthand insight into the world of ultra running.
Finn manages to weave the story of his own ultra running journey to the utmb, with interviews of elite ultra runners as well as taking on issues surrounding doping and ethics in sport. A must read/listen for me!

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  • simon
  • 09-25-19

Very good!

It start out a little slow and I didn’t think I’d get to the end (that may be just me). But suddenly I found it really interesting & entertaining. A well written book and read well, unlike many an ultra running book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-19

Great book performance lacks slightly

Book is great I did however nearly give up as the performance isn’t amazing but I’m glad I continued. Great read and great stories

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  • A. Johnston
  • 09-08-19

Lively and informative survey of Ultra running

Great mix of a personal adventure into the sport at same time as mapping out the main races, personalities and also some deeper questions on issues in the sport and possible future direction. The author comes across really well as open to new expierences, brave and respectful to the sport, the traditions and the mountains themselves. Looked fwd to hearing each new chapter. Great writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-19

Inspirational

The story from start to finish is inspiring, knowing that even the fittest people go through struggles us normal people do. To feel like you're almost there and despite the woes faced makes for an interesting listen.

Mr Finn delivers again.

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  • Mary
  • 08-20-19

Annoying narrator voice

Yes, I know the author is also the narrator but his accent is seriously annoying.

He does these weird stresses on the last letter of certain words followed by a strange pause and it really grates. The topic he's writing about is interesting enough so my coping strategy is to increase the speed to 1.5 which helps a lot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-19

Motivational

I bought this book to give me some inspiration and movitation whilst training for a half marathon and it did not disappoint!
A great read, would definitely recommend!

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  • Fiona Brophy
  • 07-24-19

Brilliant story, excellent narration

I went to run a 5k park run on Saturday. As I headed off on the first km I thought "maybe I could run 100, you just have to keep going, right?".
This book brought me along on a fantastic journey and as the wife of an ultrarunner I could relate to the struugles he went through along the way. I was gripped by the story and even gave up my usual morning podcast as I walked to work to hear what happened next.
If it was a paperback I'd say it was unputdownable! Well worth a listen.

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  • Mr Robert Browne
  • 07-19-19

Best ultra running back I’ve read/listed to!


absolutely loved it. This is my 3rd of 4th book on Ultra running and the best one by far. He starts in a place where i am now (marathon runner) and progresses into ULTRA as a journalist assignment, meeting all the stars and describing the races from the perspective of a beginner at first before becoming more experienced. He has quite a poetic way about his writing and reaches I place I want to go to too.

It has triggered me to sign up for my first ultra (Mozart Ultra) and I will probably listen immediately again as it has been brilliant, exciting, funny and touching almost bringing a tear out of me at the end.

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  • Starbuck
  • 08-24-19

Gut wrenchingly honest account

Fantastic book. Great narration. An honest and insightful account of the reality and challenge of Ultra running. Best I have read

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  • Leanne
  • 07-10-19

favourite book of 2019

great insight into the eorld of ultrarunning. has motivated me to pursue my own goals towards an ultra in 12 months from now.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-29-19

Great read

A really good read. Found it to be captivating and a very good story was being told

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  • Susan Creighton
  • 09-25-19

Listen to this while running.. so inspiring!

Learnt so much about the world of ultra runners. Fascinating story. Well structured, humorous, loved the way the author connected other facets of his life and love and friendships ( with a lot of suffering thrown in!)