Born to Run

  • by Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Born to Run

The most inspirational book I have read or listened to in a long time. Makes you want to stop everything and go for a run.
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- Gilmonkey

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?


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes the narration was fine/good

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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.

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- Mr S Harrison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios