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The Pants of Perspective

One Woman's 3,000 Kilometre Running Adventure Through the Wilds of New Zealand
Narrated by: Anna McNuff
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Summary

"A thrilling, coming-of-age journey that will make you yearn to go on your own adventures.” (Runner's World)

Anna was never anything like those "real" runners on telly - all spindly limbs, tiny shorts, and split times - but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder...perhaps being a "real" runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway? 

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridgelines, over mountain passes, along beaches, and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometers in a day, she slept wild most nights and was taken into the homes and hearts of the Kiwi people in between. 

The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colorful, and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story that will lead you on a roller-coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage, and failure. 

For anyone who has ever dreamt of taking on a great challenge but felt too afraid to begin - this story is for you.

©2017 Anna McNuff (P)2018 Anna McNuff

Critic reviews

"Beaming with limitless ambition, positivity and enthusiasm." (Women’s Running)

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Amazing, inspiring, down-right brilliant!

Absolutely LOVED this book! Anna reads aloud in a very animated and enthralling way - love the accents! This book has everything - even a love story!! An inspiring read and just loved listening to it on my commute - don't know what to do now that I've finished it!!

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Great story about a great adventure.

Excellent storytelling. Inspiring and funny. I still need to write five more words now though.

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  • 09-08-19

loved it

Loved it! Definitely a book I have listened to more than once and would listen again.

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Brilliant

Loved loved loved spending time with Anna's cheerful voice! Looking forward to more audio releases!

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inspiring running journey!

I loved this book. Anna sounded great on audible reading her story out loud. it was a very inspiring story of a crazy journey of a solo 3000km run along New Zealand's famous trail. I loved the insights into her feelings and she described all the characters she met along the way with brilliant detail, that I imaged I'd met them myself! a great listen/read.

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Brilliant

Really great book! Read well, funny and interesting. Would definitely recommend it, especially if you like the outdoors.

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great book. highly recommended.

very vivid and well written. hopefully there are some pictures online too. will be watching out for Anna on her UK run this year.

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Off on an adventure now!

A great story, told my a grey narrator. Makes me want to pack up and head for the hills!

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Great!

A fun, honest, inspiring journey! I listened to this while on my own in New Zealand. Loved it!

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  • 02-07-19

Inspiration for my Daughter and I

Loved it. so very inspiring for myself and my daughter to share together. just shows limits are self made

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  • Kim
  • 09-12-18

I loved this book

The author reads the book with such enthusiasm and energy I couldn't stop listening. If you liked North by Scott Jurek you will like this even more.

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  • Christina
  • 11-07-19

Loved this book

I loved how she never downplayed her struggle or pain. If you are looking for inspiration here it is.

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  • C. A. Cameron
  • 06-06-19

Grueling journey in perseverance, hilarity, pain

Our bookshelves and IPhones are being swamped with tales of adventures -- a refreshing amount by women, young and not-so-young -- who weave and wander thousands of miles about the world upon their feet, kayaks, skis and boots. This one I can proclaim as a certified favorite; just be aware that Ms McNuff, who records her memoir, will exclaim and proclaim about every minute of her six month journey running New Zealand south to north and in full English voice. An enthusiastic voice and spoken in tones so you will know exactly what she had been experiencing! :-) Be not afraid; it is who she is, she is courageous, hilarious, truthful, grateful and glorious in her vocal hugs of praise for all the Kiwi warmth and kindness with which she is embraced along the way is a decided plus.

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  • M
  • 20-02-19

Best running book for inspiration

This book was so inspiring,!it had lots of humor and insights of the sometimes lone runner. The book inspired me to the point that when I do my long distance race this weekend, I will take everything in everything in a positive manner because being positive is a choice.

Love the narration, loved the book.

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  • Tobias Daniel
  • 11-02-19

Great listen!!

Awesome adventure as told by the author, really entertaining. Really makes me want to get out and explore this wonderful world!!