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Follow the Dragons

Discovering the Love of Ultrarunning and Myself
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

After surviving a traumatic childhood, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, Kyle Robinson manages to become a lawyer and business owner. But when he becomes disillusioned with society’s version of success, Kyle throws out the old rule book to happiness and blazes his own path to true fulfillment by doing what any reasonable man in his late 30s would do: He buys a cargo van, builds a bed in the back, and drives west in search of himself, his tribe, and an adventure. 

Kyle’s quest takes him through remote areas of the Pacific Northwest, California, Utah, and beyond, where he befriends a group of trail runners and comes face-to-face with his demons. As Kyle wrestles with the trauma and memories of his troubled past, he is transported to another world as he explores the mountains for the first time, gets a crash course in outdoor survival, and falls in love. 

Follow the Dragons is a raw, soul-searching portrait of a man finding his way, challenging what people are capable of no matter their past, and coming to the realization that a grand arrival to fulfillment is intangible. Instead, what matters most is our continued growth and appreciation for life as it unfolds along the way.

©2018 Kyle V Robinson (P)2018 Kyle V Robinson

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Nothing to do with Ultra or Van Life

There is very little in this book that talks about Ultra.

Two extracts from the book description:
" He buys a cargo van, builds a bed in the back, and drives west in search of himself, his tribe, and an adventure. " - Basically he spends most of his life Chasing a chick who has no interest in him. The character comes across as a complete wet fish!

"a crash course in outdoor survival," - Where i must have missed that or nodded off?

This was not an exciting read. in fact it was really depressing.
Maybe i got it all wrong but when i saw the cover and the Van and the subject of ultra inline with the following: "he befriends a group of trail runners and comes face-to-face with his demons." i expected an action packed Van Dwelling Guy who finds his sanctuary in Ultra and an alternate scene. searching for freedom and thrills in the mountains. Not a guy with issues who is basically chasing a woman around the country trying to get her acceptance.

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  • Tanya
  • 14-05-19

Very little ultra running....

This was mostly a personal therapy session for the author. Very little about ultra running. Not what I was hoping it would be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-19

Good, but missing something

I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom.com.

I have read many books about the lives of ultrarunners and I usually love them. This was was missing something that (even after finishing it) I simply cannot put my finger on it. Also, the jumping back in forth in time like a novel is was necessary.

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  • Beth T. Irwin
  • 31-12-18

NOT a running book - running is incidental

The running is a metaphor and the environment of the author. Listening to this was like enduring a particularly painful Dr Phil episode only to have a breaking news alert keep you from ever achieving any true resolution.

Before I get down to the details, let me say the narrator is excellent. He made me forget I was listening, which is the mark of a good narrator for me. I'm a focus on the book listener.

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If I hadn't volunteered to listen and review, this would have been a Do Not Finish the minute the author was warned off a man's wife by the husband, then promptly slept with her in an adjoining camper van to the husband's. The entire book is a perpetual apology for why the author blows chance after opportunity after escape from consequences while blaming everyone from his stepfather (a perpetual target) and mother to his lover to...pick any random stranger in the vicinity...all while doing anything except learning from his mistakes. DOUBLE SPOILER ALERT - the thing even ends with the equivalent of...and then I had yet another narrow escape from self destruction and I'm going to do better, with no proof history will not repeat itself.

In short, I came out of this listen feeling vaguely slimy. My response to the ending was a mental, "Dude, really? You are seriously messed up and need YEARS of counseling before attaching yourself to any other community, running or otherwise." This bears the distinction of receiving my sole 1 star review to date and my sympathy to the narrator, who did an excellent job with an extended metaphor memoir. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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  • Carl
  • 31-12-18

The most unlikable person I’ve ever read about

The performance was just fine. The story however went no where. I can sum the whole thing up right here... “I had a bad childhood, no one loved me when I was little, and no one believed in me. “. He then uses that to excuse the way he treats friends and strangers alike. I have never disliked a lead character so much in my life and I feel like I wasted my money (credit) on a book that will fill the pockets of a person that only cares about themselves.

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  • HalfGoat
  • 13-12-18

Best book this fall!

I haven't read or listened to a book in a while so I decided to give this one a try. I listened to the audio version and found it very entertaining and calming during my work commutes. If this book was food, it would be comfort food. The storytelling is as good as it gets!