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  • The Highs and Lows of Going That Bit Further
  • By: Vassos Alexander
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (625 ratings)

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Running Up That Hill

By: Vassos Alexander
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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....

©2018 Vassos Alexander (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Sounds like it has been computer generated.

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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.

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Another great motivating and inspiring listen

Really enjoyed his first book, this one was just as good, making a plodding short distance runner like me think and want to take on more exciting adventures. I listen on my cycle commute (audio books allow me to still hear the road and traffic) and love uplifting tales to start my day.

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So inspiring, thank you

I am shortly going to begin the couch to 5 k as a result of listening to Vassos' two books :)

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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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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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Awful narration at the start, gets better

Like some of the other reviewers have already mentioned, the narration at the start of this book is pretty awful. I don't know why this should be the case, given the author's radio background, If anything you'd think he'd be ideally suited to narrating the book. But there are strange pauses in the middle of sentences, unusual emphasis on certain words, and in general just a complete lack of any natural flow.

Having said that, it does gradually get better towards the end of the book. If you can gets past the poor narration at the start, then overall it is an interesting listen.

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Entertaining, honest, inspiring.

Vassos writes with abasolute honestly about his experiences. This is done is such a human way as not to discount my own running efforts which may seem insignificant by comparison. Thank you Vassos, for sharing. Your passion is infectious and I can't wait to join you in your next adventure.

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Really inspiring!

Absolutely loved it, and I'm already planning my first trail run adventure! Wonderfully written and read - thank you!

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A great listen

Loved it from start to finish so order it you won't regret it believe me

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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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