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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Karnazes Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781440744235
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Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dean’s masochism is a reader’s pleasure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Makes the extraordinary look easy.”

    GQ

  • “The perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fascinating.”

    Sports Illustrated

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Lazen | 2/13/2014

    " Not a bad ultra running book there are just better ones out there like born to run and Scott jurek's book. As an ultra-runner myself it did make me want to work harder though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/10/2014

    " I loved reading about the ridiculously long runs that the author does. He has motivated me to take running a bit more seriously, but I am definitely not going to go for 50-200 mile runs like he does. He kindof annoyed me when he stated that he does not run for the fame of running, and that he does it all for himself - if that was true, why did he write a book? Overall though, it was quick read about a guy with a great passion for running. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 2/2/2014

    " This guy is out of his mind -- running 50 - 100 miles in a day!!! He's a bit cocky, but the book is written lightly and his feats of strength are amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/2/2014

    " inspired to run 2 marathons in 1 weekend. thanks dean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 1/30/2014

    " Even if you don't like running I think you could still like this book. This man is crazy! My brother-in-law recommended it to me. After he read it he ran a 1/2 marathon on a Saturday after never having trained for one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/28/2014

    " Great inspirational read, but his later books just seem repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/22/2014

    " I had heard a little bit about Dean Karnazes, so when I found his book lying on my friend's coffee table, I picked it up and gave it a quick once-over. After that, there was no going back. I stayed up all night and into the next day (as I could schedule) and read Dean's inspirational story. Because Dean decided to write about his running experiences, more people know about ultra-running, a sport that I love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Duncan | 1/6/2014

    " Runners seem to be split on their opinions of this guy's exploits - you either love him or hate him. I lean toward the latter but he gets an extra star for convincing me that I never need to do an ultra, ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle Kober | 1/5/2014

    " This was a wonderful, inspirational read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arianne | 12/16/2013

    " What I found most impressive about this author is that he can eat a whole pizza while on a run without even stopping. That's talent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Bean | 12/12/2013

    " This book was highly entertaining and well-written. It's about a man who runs farther than any normal person would and how and why he does it. I would definitely recommend it. Fascinating and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 12/2/2013

    " Every runner should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/1/2013

    " I read this book in a day and a half, I seriously loved it. I love running, and this got me even more motivated to run. This guy is crazy, but it's fun to read about the amazing things he has pushed his body to do. If you like running at all I would totally reccomend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaina | 11/18/2013

    " i love it so far... it's fueleing my obsession and making me feel like a whimp all at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 10/5/2013

    " Karnzes is the REAL DEAL ... of course, he's an egomaniac ... he (like Lance) couldn't do what he does if he weren't! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 8/25/2013

    " Good book. Entertaining story of how Karnazes got into ultra marathon running. More entertaining than inspirational. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pscheuring | 7/26/2013

    " Amazing feats. But you can see why he turns off people with his self-promotional tone sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annika | 5/16/2013

    " This was such a great easy read. It was very inspiring. I read it right after I had my 3rd baby, and it helped me stay focused and get through those first couple of weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/28/2013

    " This man is truly crazy. I want to say narcissistic, but he is beyond that. How can it be fun to damage your body this way? I do find his stories oddly inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 1/19/2013

    " Excellent book. Motivational, inspirational, and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Lantz | 1/11/2013

    " I'm definitely a fan of Karno. His book is a great read, and, at least to me, pretty inspiring. I'd recommend it to anyone who's into being active. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Washington | 9/28/2012

    " OK. Whether you like him or not, this is THE book that gets most people running. They say, "if HE can run 10 marathons back to back in one weekend, then I can at LEAST do a 5k...just like Oprah" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 5/28/2012

    " On his 30th birthday, Dean decides to devote his life to accomplishing insane feats, measured in miles. Inspirational, but a little cheesy. The story feels somewhat incomplete because it focuses entirely on a few races. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Hoffmann | 5/20/2012

    " I love this book because its all about running and hard work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chmouel Boudjnah | 5/9/2012

    " can get a bit cheesy but cool motivational "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert kennedy | 12/20/2011

    " motivating book. gets you off the couch! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pepper | 9/21/2011

    " Dean Karnazes has a knack for putting the reader into his shoes and what a pair of shoes they are. If you enjoy running or even if you wish you were better at it this book has your name written on it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 8/28/2011

    " Karnazes isn't the best writer, but the subject matter of the book is so cool that it's easy to look past the clumsy prose. It's effortless and fun to read along as he narrates all his superhuman feats. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/27/2011

    " This is the most inspirational book I have ever read. Some people push themselves to go deeper, this guy is in a different universe. His will to keep going is unimaginable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 6/21/2011

    " Highly inspirational and connects to any area of life - especially for runners, but you don't have to be a runner to enjoy it. Read it about 5 or so years ago and still remember the good feelings it gave me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/19/2011

    " Reading this book made me want to go out in the middle of the night and run...but I had to stay in to finish the book. A fantastic memoir...with unlimited motivation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen-marie | 6/16/2011

    " A quick, interesting read. He comes off as somewhat arrogant at times which is a turnoff, but more than anything, I believe he is totally insane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 6/14/2011

    " A little more self deprecation and a little less self congratulation would make it a more enjoyable read. Interesting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/11/2011

    " read in a couple days.. Good read for those just getting into a goal setting attitude.. This will pump you up and make you want to throw some shoes on and launch out the door --- and then you remember your knee is bad from years of soccer.. haha.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 6/3/2011

    " Awesome, very inspiring and interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 6/3/2011

    " Fun, quick read. He's done some incredible running. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 6/2/2011

    " I loved the story and inspiration. I learned a lot about Dean and his journey. Through reading the book, I was motivated to run farther and was given the confidence to run in a big race I have coming up. A must read for any runner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 6/1/2011

    " I liked this book much better than Run! Dean gives you more insight into how and why he got into ultrarunning and the obstacles he had to overcome in order to get there. As usual, if you're looking for motiviation to start running or continue runnning, you will find it in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/22/2011

    " Actually Jim read it and read me parts of it. LOVED it, very inspiring. (and crazy) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 5/20/2011

    " Pretty good, not as good as the Born to run book I read. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ma800m | 5/15/2011

    " Great book that motivated me to get out and run. A great account about running in the harshest climates on earth; while balancing work, family and all night running. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrel | 5/11/2011

    " fascinating book about ultra marathoners, man, these guys are in shape. hard to imagine running 100 miles thru Death valley for example, or running 100 miles thru mountain terrain. Super interesting look into the ultra runners, and what they eat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/10/2011

    " This is one crazy dude! That's all I have to say. "

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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.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.