Despite believing he was bionic as a child, Ira Rainey was far from an elite athlete with superhuman running abilities like the ones he read about in books. He was in fact an overweight and unfit slacker who felt a bit sorry for himself because he had sore feet. Sure he ran a bit, but he also sat around a lot and ate and drank too much. Why? Because he could, and because he was a delusional optimist who thought everything would always be just fine.
Ira Rainey progresses from so called 'fatman' to Ultra runner over a series of cliche chapters that unfortunately lack depth. His journey is inspiring in that he achieved what many aspire to but the overall story is lacklustre. The real issue with this audiobook is the narration, it is terrible. The author states that he is a pie eating, beer drinking everyman, but the narrator has no Bristolian accent and infact conjurors up images of a completely different character. Every line delivered is like it is being delivered by Alan Partridge or Terry Wogan. This alone make it very jarring and difficult to listen to.
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.
The story is well read for the most part, although when the narrator puts on a slight feminine accent for the parts spoken by females it kind of takes you out of the moment. It would have been better to have a female voice those parts. Otherwise a good solid listen.