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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Karnazes Narrator: Dean Karnazes Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781600242755
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In the Fall of 2006, Dean Karnazes, known as the "Lance Armstrong of the running world," took on the ultimate challenge: running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Dean set off in a caravan packed with fellow runners, with nothing more than a roadmap and a determination that defied all physical limitations.

50/50 goes beyond the incredible story of these 50 marathons. It is a firsthand, fascinating story of what it's like to push the limits of strength under grueling conditions -- and how Dean Karnazes pulled off the extraordinary.

This audiobook is also packed with Dean's secrets that runners everywhere will want to know. These include what to do when you hit a wall, how to adapt quickly to drastic terrain, how to get motivated after a really tough day, and the best diet and exercise tips to improve your own best time. Complete with Dean's practical tips on building endurance, this audiobook will appeal to marathon runners and athletes everywhere, as well as to listeners who crave an inspiring story of incredible accomplishment.

"(He) makes the extraordinary look easy." --GQ

"The indefatigable man." --Esquire

"One of the sexiest men in sports." --Sports Illustrated Women Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A real page-turner…Karnazes not only takes us along his incredible journey but gives us an in-depth look at the toll…which pushing himself to the very limit took.”

    Daytona Beach News-Journal

  • “Since I’m poleaxed by one marathon in one state in one year, I was eager to learn his secrets. Rest well and race in cold weather, he tells us, and then goes without sleep before the Desert Classic Marathon in Phoenix, which is run at 103 degrees. Cross-train, he says, and then runs 26.2 miles every day. Clearly the secret to running like Dean Karnazes is to be Dean Karnazes. Which for all but one of us is out of the question. At least we get to hear his voice. Which is so friendly and so enthusiastic that I forgave him immediately.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coral | 2/17/2014

    " Great book for all distances of runners and runner wannabees. Has tips for running as well as life. You'd think that reading about a guy who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days would make you feel you couldn't run at all, but instead it's very motivational. Go for it- or rather go for a run. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/12/2014

    " Even though most of us wouldn't consider running 50 marathons in 50 days or maybe even in a lifetime, the author had lots of good running tips. Really enjoyed the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/11/2014

    " Perfect book for what I was looking for...inspiration to prepare for a long distance race after too many years. Karnazes is an inspiration, while reminding the reader of all the highlights that motivate a distance runner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Hughes | 2/10/2014

    " Pretty amazing accomplishment, but not much of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camron | 2/1/2014

    " This was a quick read and I enjoyed the stories from the different marathons, but I wished there was more about the individual events. It seemed to me that he was insincere when describing his fears of completing the task or expressing the difficulties he faced in completing the marathons. Due in part because he kept telling stories of other ultra-events and grander achievements rather than the marathons themselves to make his points. Also, he made it clear that after his sponsor took control of the event it changed from his original vision to something he didn't seem to enjoy or want. This was confirmed when, at the end of the Endurance 50 (and being away from home for so long), he felt he hadn't completed his mission and ran alone half way across the country before saying it is finished. This part of the story puzzled me, yet has become the most inspiring part of his experience. During the Endurance 50 chapters I felt the stress, fanfare, hype, chaos, chore-like enthusiasm, and continuos strong hand of his sponsor. He came across resentful and annoyed at times, yet Dean looked hard for the stories and people that helped him endure, giving fresh relief and motivation. When the end came, I finally felt his sincere joy and true message as he "ran wild" through America. I could feel the satisfaction as he suddenly stopped (Forest Gump-style) and said he was ready to go home. His experience is one I will never have, but in the end I was inspired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/30/2014

    " not as inspiring as his first book - the premise just isn't as open ended as his first: you know he'll end up running 50 of them.. he just dispenses running advice along the way - and his northface sponsorship gets annoying when he provides product spots... altogether not very enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hazon | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this one. I've only just gotten back into running so I found the book inspiring every time I picked it up. I would like to have seen more of a write up about the races and the struggles/challenges involved with each one... felt kinda skipped over in places. Other than that though, a good read and I'd definitely recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/17/2014

    " Not as good as Ultramarathon Man, but still inspiring... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 1/13/2014

    " Got this book at his book signing - he writes about each marathon he ran in each of the 50 states in 50 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo Polovets | 12/11/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Entertaining, but very little content about how to run better, especially if you've read any other book on running. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 12/3/2013

    " I didn't enjoy the running tips as much as I did reading about Dean's happiness in running. His passion is infectious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/29/2013

    " I enjoyed following the 50 marathons and the sometimes unique stories that went along with various ones. I fun book if you are into running and what to be inspired to work out each day that you are reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 10/25/2013

    " Good book to read when you are training for a marathon! I bought this for my ultra marathoner husband, but ended up reading it before he could. I enjoyed the book and hearing about Karnazes journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Putvin | 10/17/2013

    " A great running story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Lawson | 9/15/2013

    " Loved the book and the story of the journey, what a wonderful human being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Fallon | 9/10/2013

    " For many reasons, Karnazes draws enthusiastic responses - positive and negative - from the running community. Personally, I like his exploits and his books. A fun and inspiring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/9/2013

    " This was a really inspiring story with some laughs. My one critique is that it changed tenses a lot, but hey he's a runner not a writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Giovagnoni | 8/23/2013

    " An amazing runner but an average writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 7/25/2013

    " What a wonderful book! This man is amazing and I admire what he has done. This is a great book to read even if you do not run. He talks about each state and the people he meets. The ups and the downs of his adventure to do the almost impossible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shajia | 3/2/2013

    " I've learned that this guy is AMAZINGly supah-human... p.s. don't read this book unless you're interested in running a marathon. because he'll have you believing you can do it by the last page.. and if you don't, you'll disappoint dean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Lynn Loewenkamp | 2/10/2013

    " I read this in small bits over a long timeframe. It was good (for me) to keep motivated running and I really do enjoy his stories and information. Folded several page corners to keep track of some of the information and motivation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 1/25/2013

    " Repetitive of all his other books. Sounds like the concept came into being for a book sale. Read his other books and don't bother with this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Nagle | 10/4/2012

    " Wow. A really fun book about the process of running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 7/16/2012

    " B Interesting story, quick read, some tips, but most things I knew. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 4/14/2012

    " After reading his other book I was very disappointed in this one....very monotonous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/22/2012

    " This is a pretty decent book, although at times it reads like a list. If you enjoyed Born to Run and want to continue to read about running I'd recommend it. If you're looking for more drama, you'll find this one less appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bex | 12/14/2011

    " this book made me sign up for my 2nd marathon... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 7/17/2011

    " 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states...What else can I say? The man is a beast!!! I'm in training for the Las Vegas marathon in December so I'll take the inspiration and motivation wherever I can get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/24/2011

    " This book was REALLY inspiring to me. I was so impressed with his abilities. The book was fun to read, a fast read, and made me go out and run my heart out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 6/15/2011

    " This is a pretty decent book, although at times it reads like a list. If you enjoyed Born to Run and want to continue to read about running I'd recommend it. If you're looking for more drama, you'll find this one less appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roland | 4/15/2011

    " For a novice runner this book is full of experience and running tips. It is amazing the stamina Dean has, make me want to get out and run just to say that I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bex | 3/30/2011

    " this book made me sign up for my 2nd marathon... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 3/24/2011

    " Only read this because the book was free. I couldn't get past the terrible writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/26/2011

    " Really got my butt moving and made me believe I could do something for myself (he makes it look easy)...this man is truly amazing-that or a freak of nature-also full of useful tools to me as a beginning runner "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 1/6/2011

    " You don't really learn much from this book. Beginers could probably use this book - as a motivator, and to get those helpful tips that can be found in Runner's World magazine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/12/2010

    " Although this was quite an interesting read, it didn't captivate my attention as his previous book did. I would still recommend it, and especially to any runner. He offers great advice on almost every page in side notes. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes has been called an “ultrarunning legend” by Men’s Journal and “one of the sexiest men in sports” by Sports Illustrated for Women. Winner of the 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, he is the author of Ultramarathon Man. A columnist for Men’s Health, he lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco.