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Footnotes

How Running Makes Us Human
Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.  

When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London’s cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin's Venice. 

Footnotes transports you to the clifftops of Hardy's Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and the world’s most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run. 

Liberating and inspiring, this book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives.

©2017 Vybarr Cregan-Reid (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A philosophical exercise for the mind, body and soul.

For something (running) that I never thought I’d get into, this has been a complete game changer. It has inspired me not only to get out into vast green spaces but explore them, feel them and admire them in a brand new way that I never knew possible. Vybar’s writing is just beautiful. He manages to deliver such a powerful insight into the romanticism found within running in green spaces, along with the hilarity and intrigue he depicts within his personal journey. A must read for not only runners who can relate, but people with the ability to wonder and the desire to explore a new realm of freedom.
Wonderfully narrated too! A true pleasure to listen to (especially whilst running)!

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Really enjoyed this book. It's fun and informative

Fun and informative read. I'm not a runner, but I am inspired to give it a go now.

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A brilliant listen

This book managed to capture almost everything I feel about running and movement in a style that was enjoyable, educational and inspiring. Needless to say, I listened to it whilst running.

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SNOOZE!

I don't really think that the book delivers: 'How Running Makes Us Human'. I think it piggybacks on other research without bringing much new on the biology front and I think he does a fair amount of whinging. Poor me I am so stressed. I mean, now and again there is a nugget. I will finish it.

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Good story and well narrated!

Written and narrated with a great and witty sense of humour. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews, but I took the chance anyway.

This isn't a training guide, or a book about how to conquer dozens of ultras. More of an inside look at a life of a typical person who falls in love with running, his ups, his downs and some of the research he has conducted over the years, some academically and some from personal experience. All delivered with a great sense of humour. You're very likely to enjoy it, but if you've ever ran in the British countryside you will most definitely enjoy it!

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It ended an hour before my run did

I loved every piece of this book. Some have criticised it for being a creed on barefoot running. It isn't. Cregan-Reid talks about barefoot running for sure, and why not, he does some of his running unshod, but it's hardly hardcore on the topic. But what it is, is a soaring paean to the joys of running - anywhere, in any way and in any footwear. He employs a rich array of scientists and literary interlocutors to weave together a beautiful narrative flow that I enjoyed enormously as a I trudged the byways of Berkshire. Had I not been running while listening, I would have been yearning to. I just wish it had been an hour (or more) longer. The narrator is also excellent.

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  • 12-02-19

Useless show off of a pretentious author

Bought this book because I wanted to learn more about running experience from other runners. Very disappointed, all I got is the author's showing off in knowledge of literature like quotes of Tolstoy that have nothing to do with running. Author mostly describes his own running experience and insists on the idea that the only right way to run is... barefoot. Also that running it the only right way to exercise and that gyms are the 'fast-food' of exercising.
My bad that I just expected the book to be less philosophical and more practical.

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  • 07-11-18

A bit too literary for me, but still excellent

This is a running book in one sense, but the author is very steeped in and aware of literature and the many tendrils it sends into many aspects of human life, including running. He has an amazing command of literature and as an audio book, was a little hard to keep track of the many briefly mentioned and fairly esoteric writers and situations. Nevertheless I learned a lot. Also Vybarr (sp) has a wonderfully organic and natural view of running and that was super refreshing for a watch-crazed miles-counting runner like me. Definitely worth reading and even listening if you are quick with the “go back 20 seconds” button. The one criticism I would make is about the reader, who was very good but has this habit of doing an American Accent when a quote by an American is being read. It is very well done, but definitely sounds like an Englishman imitating an American and so is distracting. Stop that! I am sure his American Accent is much better than my English accent, but still...

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