Ultramarathon Man

  • by Dean Karnazes
  • Narrated by James Yaegashi
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.


What the Critics Say

"Karnazes' book is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not as self-congratulating as others have said

Basically a story about your average doofy guy who runs really long races as his way of releasing steam -- lots of amusing anecdotes about running long distance races, so if you're expecting insight into what an ultra-runner might eat / drink / train like, you won't be disappointed. As a runner who listened to this while doing training runs for an upcoming marathon, I liked the story and found it motivating. Most people who are into running at all know who Dean is at this point, so it was interesting to learn more about him as a person and how he became the runner he is today. Sure it's a little "I can run 226 miles", but if you could run that far, and did so, wouldn't you brag a little in a book about yourself?
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- Andrea

Excellent, Loved It! Ignore the negative reviews.

I thought this was a great audio book. I'm so glad I bought it. It's well worth the money (credit), and I'm not even a runner. I run a little on the treadmill, but mainly I ride a road bike and do weight training. It's absolutely incredible what this athlete can do. The dedication, discipline, and physical endurance it takes to run the distances he does is mind-blowing. I have seen a few interviews with him and think he's got a great attitude and personality. A few other people wrote reviews saying that he was bragging and self congratulatory. Well, I was listening for it and didn't hear anything like that, not even once. Jesus, the guy just spoke of his long distance runs with passion. That's what you buy the book for. I don't know what those people were expecting, but if you want a great book by a great athlete, this is it!
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- Jym

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books