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Broken Open: Mountains, Demons, Treadmills and a Search for Nirvana

Narrated by: David Clark
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

David Clark is a formerly obese alcoholic and fast food junkie who found a new life in running. Now, 13 years after his transformation, he shares his inspiring story of taking running to the extreme edge of his physical and spiritual breaking points. Having run more than a hundred races, including the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run and the Hardrock 100, David has achieved unimaginable success in the ultramarathon world, considering his humble start. From barely finishing his first 5k to running 100 miles in less than 18 hours, David shatters the notion that the front of the pack is a birthright.

Among his many outlandish adventures, David talks about doing 10 epic events in one year to celebrate his 10th year of sobriety. This mind-bending year of running included running the Boston Marathon four times in one day, running 343 laps around a high school track, and running 48 hours on a treadmill. You will feel like you are running alongside him as he navigates his vision quest - all the while hallucinating and breaking from reality in one of the most epic Badwater 135 race experiences ever told.

David’s story is raw, honest, and pure adrenaline-laden inspiration as he shares his unique brand of Americana and heavy metal Buddhism. This book has far more to offer than just miles traveled and mountains climbed. It's about trying to find a way station of balance somewhere in a world of extremes. It’s about running to create a legacy and develop your own inner strengths. After listening to Broken Open, you’ll never doubt how strong you can be, how much you can endure, or whether or not you are capable of finding true happiness.

©2018 David Clark (P)2019 David Clark

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first book great, this one not so good

not really my cup of tea. loved the first book, but I felt in this one he was just reaching for book content where there wasn't. events seemed to drag a bit and not go anywhere. fair play to him for doing these events, but not that interesting.

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  • sonny lee owen
  • 25-06-19

supremely open .

the most honest account I've been apart of to date. a true gem of honesty

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  • Annette Etchison
  • 16-01-20

Inspiring!

Though a bit long sometimes, David's story is inspiring and heartfelt. I could envision his environment and feel his emotion.

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  • Francisco Sandoval
  • 05-01-20

broken open

me encanto. como adicto en recuperación me identifiqué con la vida de David. ¡ excelente libro!

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  • TLangemeier
  • 05-01-20

Insightful read

Having been a runner for 20+ years & the son of an alcoholic who struggles at times to keep the same demon inside me silent...this book hit home. Many times I’ve wondered if I’m simply trading 1 addiction for another & what happens when I stop running. Hoping this book helps me find the inner strength to find myself in the same way before unlacing for the last time.
Thank you for sharing your story & valuable insights. Definitely worth reading/listening to!

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  • Lauren Saladino
  • 04-10-19

Great memoir

David really lets you into his incredible mind of overcoming obstacle after obstacle. Listening to this book really strengthened my mindset and let me know how much we are capable of. Thank you David

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  • Paul Chipopa
  • 11-09-19

Must Read

The book took me through the journey through David’s life and his discovery of his inner self through running. I love the fact that he was not judgie about other pipo who a different lifestyle from his such as diet.

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  • Heather
  • 03-09-19

DNF did not finish

really really hard to get through considering the authors monotone performance. it was like listening to a college radio dj drone through....

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  • Mr J M J Paul
  • 23-07-19

Interesting story but...

He has a great story of recovery but for me this audiobook could have been better: (1) during recording a pop-shield on the mic wasn’t used so we hear the constant click of saliva and swallowing (2) the recovery story is great but this is also billed as a book about ultra-running and, for me, the didactic part is too strong (3) there’s nothing wrong with patriotism, but in this book it’s very overt and, as a non-American, that’s uncomfortable -

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-19

Honest, inspiring, definitely worth a listen.

The title says it all. David Clark lays his heart & life out there, raw, honest. You do not need to be a runner to appreciate this book. We are all affected by addiction in some way or another. So grateful for David's openness & harsh honesty. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-19

hate it

I really tried, but it's a toxic book. it's really annoying to claim to be "well read", but it's clearly obvious he just read the pop versions on certain topics. I'm specifically talking about how he casually throws around words like quantum mechanics, as though he understands the topic. but that's minor. my real issue is the running. it doesn't seem to be for the sake of running, but for a more selfish reason. whatever, it's a toxic book that brings me down everytime I listen.

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