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Summary

After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his life he moved from Devon to Iten, in Kenya, to eat with, interview, sleep beside and - most importantly – run with, some of the greatest runners in the world. In the distance rests his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in an epic first marathon across the Kenyan plains.

©2012 Adharanand Finn (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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interesting read - even for a non-runner like me!

Would you listen to Running with the Kenyans again? Why?

Really good book - enjoyed it very much even though I have no interest in running and didn't know the author or anything about Kenya. I have since listened to it again and quite possibly enjoyed it more the second time. He paints a picture of what it was like for an ordinary person to live and train with the Kenyan's - I could really imagine what it was like to be an outsider and train with possibly the best runners in the world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with the Kenyans?

The whole story is as much about the people and his family as it is about running.
Even if you don't like sports (and I am definitely only mildly interested at best!) I am sure you will still enjoy this book for its real story of an everyday man out of his usual element.

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A thoroughly interesting tale

Where does Running with the Kenyans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First audiobook I have listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with the Kenyans?

The Fartlek run.

Which character – as performed by Paul Tyreman – was your favourite?

Kipsang

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

These people aren't just born to run, they live to run.

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Paul Tyreman performs an excellent narration

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Love running, cant finish this book

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This guy cant write. Sorry. I love running, I really loved 'Born to Run' by Christopher McDougall, but the big difference is that Christopher McDougal was a journalist, his profession was to write, he knew how to spin a story. This author unfortunately had a great adventure, but cannot write and it makes for a painstaking read. As someone who also loves travel I really had high hopes for this book, the story is probably of limited appeal to someone who has never been to Africa, but I was hoping for so much more. I wanted heart to heart conversations, but it seems that either the author wasn't able to make these bonds with the athletes or those around him, or these guys just don't have much to say. I bought this to listen to on my long runs, but I cant listen to anymore of it, its so boring. An average paragraph goes something like this."I turned up at 6 oclock. Jeffery didnt turn up at 6 oclock, because hes always late, he turned up at 7 oclock" "My daughter went to school" "I could see her blond hair easily amongst all the black headed children" "She didnt want to go the next day" Africa, and Kenya especially, are mind blowing landscapes, and it feels this is lost on the author. He cannot describe what he sees around him and it felt like he was overwhelmed or his heart is closed to the whole experience. The whole writing style feels very immature, as does the nature of the interactions with those he meets. Its possible that this guy isn't very well travelled and this kind of comes across in the book. It kind of reminds me of something that the old, square bloke in the Dunlop green flash from the cricket club up the road who had only ever been on holiday to Bournemouth would write. Its got no style, no humour, no heart. And i'm going to delete it, unfinished now. I havent written this to offend anyone, Ive written it to save you all some valuable time and read something more worthy of being read. I'm going to read Scott Jureks book next, or What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Please let them be interesting !

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Really Interesting

I like that the Kenyans have something that can't be replicated by something artificial. It goes to show the power of the human body and I think that's brilliant.

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Okay, but disappointing

Perhaps it is unfair but after listening to the absolutely brilliant book "Way Of The runner" by the same author this was disappointing. On its own merits I suppose it's well written but it is repetitive and I found the narrator kept dropping the "t's" from words and saying things like "gettin" rather than "getting" so I wonder why he was chosen. Still, there are some interesting perspectives weaves between long irrelevant stories about his kids.

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Running with Kenyans

This was an interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject. One downside is that there were a lot of personal stories throughout the book which wasn’t related to the subject and thus made it a bit boring to listen to. But otherwise it was a well written and well read book.

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Great read for a bit of motivation

Well narrated and a great listen for those needing a little motivation for getting out running again

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Big fan of author

Interesting story and one for the running enthusiast but not necessarily a must read and fairly laboured in parts.

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Questionable Accents

Not sure who's decision it was to green-light the mock-kenyan, irish, and northern accents - but it didn't pay off...they were really quite distracting and cringey throughout. All of Adharanand's books are great though, it's a shame he didn't narrate this one.

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Loved running along listening on my headphones.

Excellent. A few years old now but thats ok with names from the past.
Thats not the point of the book. Will listen again in the future and continued to be inspired.

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  • 06-11-19

Great story of a magnificent passion for running

Well put together story of a man's passion for running and self discovery. A broader view on how life can be explored. Well read

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  • 05-11-18

Very nice listen if you're into running/Kenya

If you like to read/listen an easy book on running and/or experiencing Kenya, this is highly recommended.

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  • sinan
  • 21-09-18

narrating a running story...

a great book to listen too a week ahead of a race.... or if you're thinking of changing your running technique, the. it would be perfect during the off season to develop that forefoot technique...

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  • MM
  • 10-04-17

Perfect audiobook for listening while running!

Really enjoyed the book. interesting storytelling . listened it during my running sessions while training for my first marathon. love!