But 50/50 goes beyond the incredible story of those 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, which 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.
©2008 Dean Karnazes; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
"(He) makes the extraordinary look easy." (GQ)
"The indefatigable man." (Esquire)
I downloaded this yesterday and have listened to 20 minutes of chapter 1. The audio is appalling, with a weird echo or phasing effect that makes it pretty much unlistenable.
Will be contacting audible to feed this back. I expected more, very disappointed
The star rating is for the audio quality as I've not yet been able to listen to the book!
I bought this after reading the inspirational 'born to run'.
If you haven't read born to run get it instead of this.
If you have read born to run you will only be disappointed by this.
Not only does this book not deliver on the promise to reveal tips and secrets (which BTR does), but the author, who reads it himself has an annoying, whiney voice.
On top of that everything is very US centric, as though the author doesn't know there is a world outside the US. Fine if you are an American, annoying if you are not.
For anyone with even a passing interest in running this audio book is a must, even non runners would find it inspiring. Runners into extreme distances will love listening to the story of this remarkable ultra runner. The only gripe....it's abridged.... Little snippets on what it takes to be an ultra runner and totally down to earth from the author.
"Missed the mark"
As a runner, I was looking forward to listening to this book, but ended up quite disappointed. While running 50 marathons in 50 days is one heck of an accomplishment, Dean's narration comes accross as self promoting and at times even condesending. Also, he seems like he is almost bored with the narration and would rather be doing something else than telling his story. I had a couple of cases where I was out on a run listening to this book and ended up switching to music which is something I rarely do with many of the running podcasts I regularly listen to. This is a case where I think reading the book would have been better than listening.
"Great book to run to."
This book kept me motivated. 50/50 inspired me to keep running. Dean did a great job of explaining what he went through and also talking about all the other runners. It's not just about his accomplishment of doing 50 marathons in 50 days, which is amazing...but this book is about his support crew, the runners that flew from other countries, states, and cities just to run with him, and also what his family went through.
50/50 is more on my level than Ultra Marathon Man. At least I can say that I am able to do a 1/2 marathon now. :)
"Save Your Money & Buy A Better Book"
Dean narrates his own book. If you like feeling like you are back in kindergarten being read to this book may be for you. If you want to spend money on a book where you will learn next to nothing about running buy this book. In the book he talks way too much about his kids....who cares! He doesn't really offer much that is helpful. His first book was pretty good but this one sucks! I kept listening to it hoping that it would get better becase I couldn't believe that it could actually be that bad. It is a really awful book and I had to stop listening to it half way through....boring and unhellpful. If you want to read some good books on running and actually learn something read Born To Run and books by Joe Friel.
...my two cents!
"Another terrific Karno"
I have read or listened to all of Dean Karnazes' books. I like the warmth, humbleness, and down-to-earthiness of the guy. And he's funny! My kids enjoy listening to his stories too. He treated the people he met in each of the 50 marathons with kindness and appreciation. That's really something!
Ultramarathon Man because it talks about various events and people throughout his journey.
Can't say yet.
It's really not about the running.
I liked hearing Dean read his own books and convey his voice in his work so honestly.
"Awesome more or less..."
Yes, especially if Karno narrates it himself.
Didn't enjoy the side story of the crew collecting a total of 50 women's phone numbers at the 50 events... Women aren't things to collect and add to a list like race finishes... A bit misogynistic and rather disappointing.
This is a brilliant book. I was inspired and motivated and recommend this book as one of the best reads (or listen to's) ever!
Thought it would be more about overcoming a great challenge, but it seemed more as "a walk in the park" for Dean. Good advice for first marathon runners, but maybe not so much for more experienced runners. Nevertheless a quite good book.
"A must-read for runners"
Dean tells his story of the endurance 50 challenge. Running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. He share stories from other runners he met along the way and some of his own stories. A very enjoyable read for runners, and non runners will probably get a kick out of it too.
I learned so much from this book! I need to get it in print stat!
"A good listen on a run"
I find I liked this book while running quite a bit. Dean does not get too in depth about his trip so it keeps it really lite and energetic. I could relax into the book while running which made the experience much more comfortable. Think of the book as being broke up into several small short stories which all built on the previous one. I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes listening to running audio books while out on a run. I know I will listen to it again this year.
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