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Summary

Vassos Alexander shares his insight from interviews with legends of the sport and his own gruelling but rewarding experiences of extraordinary endurance racing - including the legendary 152 mile Spartathlon, widely regarded as the world's most relentless race. Vassos dissects and explores the tenacity that propels many to keep on running and running and running....

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Sounds like it has been computer generated.

What disappointed you about Running Up That Hill?

This genuinely sounds like it's been generated by an AI voice system. Staccato and inflected at the wrong points. I downloaded as I have listened to Vassos on stage and obviously on the radio and he is very articulate.

Really didn't understand what was going on with it. Gave up after 15 minutes as it was so frustrating so can't vouch for whether it got better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Low audio quality at beginning

The audio quality at the beginning was awful. It improved enough to listen to the rest or I got used to it. The words were oddly clipped as if individually recorded, so I wondered if it was run through some software to remove pauses or something.

Anyway, other than the problems with the recording, I did enjoy hearing Vassos tell his own story about ultra running journeys. I had recently finished a paper copy of his previous book and it was great to hear this one. The format of his books has a bit of jumping around time wise and this is a bit harder to follow in the audio format but I was expecting it from the previous book.

He has interviews and tips from other runners which makes it feel really good value. He really makes you feel like you are there for the highs and lows and inspires me to put my trainers on and get out there as a beginning runner.

I hope hear more about his future running adventures.

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loved listening to this book! So interesting.

loved listening to this book. Vassos writes and reads very well, and I love the way it jumps about to different interviews and subjects it seemed help.hazard but actually really works.

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  • Mr
  • Newbury, United Kingdom
  • 09-09-18

Inspirational

A wonderful book that had me lacing up my trainers again after years away from running. Vassos holds nothing back and shares the highs and lows of his running life. It is hugely entertaining and at times very moving. Thank you for sharing Vassos.

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Good interviews and stories

Good interviews and stories, but the same issue as with his other book, sometimes you lose who is ‘talking’ in the book because the author narrating doesn’t change his reading style so it’s easy to forget whether you’re listening to an interview with another runner or Vassos’ own narrative.

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Energetic reading

Lovely book, beautifully read with lots of energy. Loads of examples of great sounding runs. Just annoyingly talented and able without all that much training!

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Five stars in all categories

I was put off getting this for ages because of the negative reviews about the audio quality. I finally decided to try it and I found the audio fine, absolutely no problem with it at all. I spent many a happy hour running while listening to this book. It's very inspiring, even a little emotional in parts. Loved it as much as his other book 'Don't Stop me Now. Highly recommended for all running fanatics.

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  • AB
  • Liverpool, UK
  • 13-08-18

deja vu on the trails

An entertaining listen, but there is considerable overlap between this book and his other book (26.2)

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Ignore review about robotic reading...

This is a well written, well read and massively enjoyable book that will have you reaching for your trainers...

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Totally bizarre narration

I haven’t finished listening to this. I can’t. It sounds like it’s being read by an automated phone menu service. Very strange pauses and tone changes in the middle of phrases. I genuinely thought this was computer generated speech. Maybe it’s because the narrator and author reads sport on the radio.
So far, the book wasn’t very interesting - just accounts of running some races. Not Rich Roll levels of inspiration. Maybe it gets better