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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
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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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High octane guff with a dangerous message

I admit I’m only about a third of the way through, so I’m hoping the key messages change by the end. If the writer is as badly prepared for her long distance wilderness run as she (repeatedly) tells us then surely she will be a lot wiser by the end. Now I don’t mind a bit of feel-good story polish but so far I’ve leant:
1. It’s fine to set out into the wilderness badly prepared.
2. Maybe don’t bother researching the trail you are doing, cos hey, that’s just amusing ditziness and not at all dangerous to you or others
3. Don’t take a GPS, because you not liking the way they ‘look at you funny’ is more important than not getting lost and putting others at risk when they try to find you. Ditto, help your folks back home feel you will be a bit safer if you get lost.
4. It’s fine to start out on something this strenuous and isolated without fully training with all your gear
5. In fact it’s fine to set out when you are injured because - presumably- positive thinking will help you. Putting people at risk to find you because you didn’t listen to your body is, again, fine.

So, the story. A lot of over the top ‘hey awesome’ and very little content or reflection. The descriptions of the landscape sound like they were added by another hand. Maybe they were and the author’s strength is running, not writing. But the disjunct is jarring at times.

I kind of wish I hadn’t paid money to encourage more of this.

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Awesome listen!

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in running/ adventures/ challenges.
Read by Anna herself and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Anna in person it’s great to hear her reading this.
I have been listening to this whilst running and now I’ve finished it I’m eagerly awaiting the next instalment once completed the Barefoot Britain challenge! Go Anna - enjoy your adventures and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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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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A brilliant book, well worth a listen!

The Pants of Perspective is a brilliant book and is well worth a listen. Anna comes across as a real down to earth person with a love for life and people in general. Running the entire length of New Zealand is a fantastic achievement, and it's a privilege to listen to this book and gain a greater insight into what an adventure like this actually entails. I especially liked the fact that the book was also narrated by Anna, and her love for life and adventure definitely came across in her voice.

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Pants of perspective awesome

Just fabulous ! Has gotten me through my working days ! Spoken fabulously and most entertaining
Many thanks for writing this book

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  • 04-08-20

Recommended

Great story told in a fun cheery manner. Loved it and have already bought Anna’s two other audiobooks 👌🏻

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inspiring adventure

Enjoyed this book and the authors enthusiastic narration. An inspiring journey across New Zealand, it makes you want to lace up your trainers and get out there.

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listen and you too will grow.

love it and listened to the whole thing in one hit, and with the use of google maps followed Anna's adventure up NZ fabulous energetic listen.
brava!!!👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Fantastic!

Loved this book. Honest and awesome. I feel like know Anna now and I definitely want to be her friend.

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  • 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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  • tcbscott
  • 29-07-20

What a great listen!

I hadn't heard of Anna before listening to her other book on pedaling through all 50 states, which was great! Then I wanted to hear more, and was happy to see she had another book on Audible.

She's very enthusiastic and I love a good adventure read with all it's pitfalls and pleasures. Plus when the adventures happen in a country that I don't know as much about, like New Zealand, all the better.

Highly recommended.

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  • B.J. Ryan
  • 20-06-20

An awesome adventure!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. He gave me some bad ideas about maybe going on my own adventure someday. I love to run mostly on trails, and maybe one day I’ll be able to run New Zealand. Or run the USA. Or who knows, run everywhere! This book was awesome!

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  • LectricEye
  • 05-06-20

Great Audible book

Fun story. I'll be listening to this again. I enjoyed the narrator's voice as well.

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  • TONYA
  • 02-06-20

Anna McNuff is wonderful

Pant of Perspective was wonderful! Funny, exciting, full of adventure and friendships!! Highly recommended!

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  • Nele Lefeldt
  • 31-05-20

Great story!

Inspiring and sweet story that makes you want to go outside and hit the trail asap.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-20

Great listen especially if you are traveling <br />

Good job Anna
Listen to this book now
It is good for body and soul

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  • 10-05-20

Freakin Awesome

Loved every minute, I felt as though I was with Anna on this freakin AWESOME ADVENTURE. I am a thru hiker/ tramper myself and I could see everything she was describing in my mind, her voice inflections and accents (which I thought were fabulous by the way) Anna herself being the narrator made it that much more endearing, emotional, and heck of a ride. Highly recommended.

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  • Suzannah B. Troy
  • 26-04-20

Uplifting fun Entertaining Running Book Comedy Style

Hi Anna is very upbeat very very tearful at times it's almost like stand-up comedy. If you don't like perky people than this book wouldn't be for you but I loved it she takes you through intense beauty and physical endurance challenge but with such uplift optimism and positivity. It is very perky energetic even the way she reads the book to you and I loved it

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  • CFr
  • 14-03-20

FANTASTIC performance

You will LOVE Anna. Her reading makes this good story great. Good story for runners or people with an interest in NZ.