Born to Run by Christopher McDougall audiobook

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

By Christopher McDougall
Read by Fred Sanders

Random House Audio
11.12 Hours Unabridged
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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 fifty-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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

An ALA Notable Book in 2009 for Nonfiction

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 fifty-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s a great book…A really gripping read…Unbelievable story…A really phenomenal book.” Jon Stewart
“The scenario is a writer’s dream. McDougall found a large cast of crazy characters, an exotic setting for drama and discovery, and a tailor-made showdown with which to cap the book. By and large it’s a thrilling read, even for someone who couldn’t care less about proper stride and split times and energy gels. McDougall’s prose…is engaging and buddy-buddy, as if he’s an enthusiastic friend tripping over himself to tell a great story.” Washington Post
“McDougall’s book reminded me of why I love to run.” San Francisco Chronicle
“McDougall recounts his quest to understand near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor, and a distinct voice…He never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run.” NPR
“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
“A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend.” Denver Post
“Equal parts hilarity, explanation, and earnestness—whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings.” Science News
“McDougall wisely grounds the narrative in his own struggle to engage in the concluding race—he was frustrated with his tendency to get injured—and he offers insightful sidebars on a variety of topics, from the development of the modern running shoe to an evolutionary argument that humans are literally ‘born to run.’ A terrific ride.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Marianne 9/13/2017
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Truly Inspiring

In many ways, this isn’t a five-star audiobook. The story isn’t earth-shattering; the narration is solid but forgettable. McDougall’s Gonzo-style storytelling can simply be too much at times, and the lead-up to the big race takes a little too long. But... in the end it doesn’t matter. What McDougall gives us here is not simply a primer on running---its history, its purposes, its techniques---but an inspiring way to see ourselves and to see the world. To learn about inspiring people who do inspiring things. And all of these people happen to be amazing long-distance runners. McDougall argues that running makes us better people, and after listening to his book, there’s a good chance he’ll have you convinced, too.
by Erick 9/13/2017
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Incredible book, great listen!

This book was amazing to listen to. I now understand the hype surrounding it as being well founded. There are so many elements in this book including a science aspect a strong character narrative and a story about heart and will. It was fun to listen to this book after listening to Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, the ultrarunner featured in Born to Run, the two stories go hand in hand and have some overlap with two perspectives of the same race. The narrator is very strong and the production value is great!

Author

Author Bio: Christopher McDougall

Author Bio: Christopher McDougall

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men’s Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men’s Journal, and New York. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English