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Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery is the story of a man who never had a chance to find out who he was. Growing up in the hardest of circumstances, poor, homeless, and traveling the country in his father's pickup truck, David Clark was no stranger to the hard knocks of life. Yet, without the benefit of any formal education in his early years, he lifted himself all the way up to owning a chain of 13 retail stores by the time he was 29 years old only to lose it all to addiction, poor choices, and tough economic breaks. In the aftermath, David started spiraling toward death, spending years eating recklessly, drinking and drugging himself, and growing farther and farther away from everyone around him. One day the thought occurred to him: "if I don't change today, I will die." David went on to completely redefine himself, his values, and his very way of looking at life. He lost over 150 pounds and kept it off - not only that, but he went on to compete in some of the toughest endurance events in the world. Today David is a loving father of three, running coach, sponsored runner, speaker, and gym owner. He dedicates his time to sharing the story of how we can all change everything about ourselves if we want to badly enough. Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery is the unwashed and unfiltered reality of David's journey. It is brutally and unflinchingly honesty and a testament to the power of redemption and the human spirit.
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By med c on 08-06-15
Story of ultra recovery
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I expected this audiobook as the typical rock-bottom story of addiction and survival. But it’s so much more than that.. It’s exciting and raw and riveting—a real-life story about a guy who just refused to give up. David Clark pulls no punches in telling us what he’s been through, and it will be a long, long time before I get this book out of my head. It is a inspiring book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Hugh Bouchelle on 10-11-15
Could have been better
This book could have been so much better (for me) if the writer had condensed the first half about his years of drug addiction down a little. Actually by about 2/3. After the first ten chapters (that's right I said ten chapters) of explanation we finally get to the running part. However, the writing overall and the narration is excellent and made even the first ten chapters bearable. I have to admit, I got this book for its running theme, not the addiction stuff.
My suggestion: If you want to read about running, skip most of the first ten chapters and just take my word he had a bunch of addiction issues. If you are interested in his addiction days, read (or listen) to it all. I don't think you will be disappointed either way.
I listened to it all and gave it a four star overall...but it could have been better
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Mrs D E Davies on 02-08-16
As a keen runner i was expecting to be entertained and informed by someone who has definitely 'been there and got the T shirt'.
And, like a good endurance athlete i stuck with it to the bitter end, hour upon hour of torturous and irrelevant detail about his personal life and battle with various addictions.
But the real problem with this book is that, as relevant as some of the details might be, its just badly written.
Not all singers get to perform in front of thousands, likewise not all artists have there work on display in top gallery's, there just not at that level yet, and as an author 'David Clark' is just not at the level necessary to keep an audience entertained and interested.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By FaMa on 10-04-17
Very very long winded
About half of the book is about the authors fight with addition and how he over came it.
Whiling it’s inspiring, I was expecting more content on the running aspect. Well done to him for fighting his demons and knocking out the ultra marathon