Natural Born Heroes

  • by Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them?
McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero - natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.
More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall's own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they're ready for anything.
Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature - to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.


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I am a big fan of Born to I gave this book a shot. It was slow to start, but it ended up drawing me in. I was a little disappointed at the end of the book...but only because it was over. I know I will end up listening to this book again.

If you liked Born to will like this story as well. It blends great information with even better stories to back it up.

I hope Chris McDougall is researching his next story right now....I am already looking forward to reading/listening to it!
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- Brian

A solid follow-up

Historians and health enthusiasts alike will both enjoy this book, though it takes a little while to get cooking. The story is engaging but the info about natural movement was the most compelling part. There's a little too much back and forth between the two and I never quite got the connection but I'd listen to it again and recommend it to all.
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- tony liebetrau

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio