- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 770 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Publisher: Matador (16 Mar. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J2E4OO8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
James was a better than average runner who tired of road races and wanted to challenge himself. So began a journey into the world of ultra running; where races are longer than plane journeys, injuries are just something you run with and the challenge of pushing past physical and mental breakdown is everything. It's compelling and fascinating and very well captured.
For blow by blow description and analysis of how it feels and looks to run further than is really sensible it's by far the best book I've read. Graphic and emotionally gripping.
Also, really rather funny.
I haven't put the book down (except to run) while I've been reading it. My OH is less than pleased.
Why not 5 stars?
Because the book is clearly a series of (admittedly very well written and entertaining) blogs strung together with extra bits. Writing a blog requires a different style from writing a book. It's a shorter attention span, more black and white, harder hitting kind of style. And you can repeat yourself blog to blog without it being obvious. We get that he doesn't like "mass market" races, or that people often ask the same questions, but you end up reading that several times more than you need to because he's mentioned it in every blog.
There's at least one really irritating place where the writing jumps around between past and present tenses and it's just very clear that he's not proof read it carefully.
I don't know James and don't follow his blog. I'm not going to either, because if (and hopefully, when) he writes another book I want to buy it. Just please, a little more attention to the text of the book being a book, not some blogs in print form?
This book celebrates the wonderful pointlessness of endurance running and lays bare the heroic self-obsession that lies at the heart of it. Running probably won't give you much insight into the purpose of life (maybe try religion for that) but what it does give you is a fantastic series of personal narratives involving hope and despair, pain and elation - and maybe dogs and diarrhoea too. In this book, Adams shares some of his narratives with us (including the dogs and diarrhoea). Highly recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
His blog is so accurate and hilarious that I took a punt on getting the book.
Ok I've not actually fully read the book yet but on initial assessment it looks really positive,... Read more
This book makes for a good read and James is quite funny, and pulls no punches with how he feels about ultra running and races. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Atkinson
Inspiring tales of the the world of ultras runners humorous and honest. Thoroughly recommended to all runners and couch potatoes!Published 4 months ago by Mr. Oa Pollard Rice
Great read, so inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking. Asks the question all us runners ask? Really enjoyed the journey all the ups and downsPublished 5 months ago by Stuart Turner
I actually read this book a few years ago and was the first book on Ultra Running I had read, I have now read a hell of a lot more having read almost every running book I could... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dan
This book ticks all the boxes,as long as the boxes are 1) running, 2) stuff. Plus it has the added bonus of a little humour thrown in for good measure. Worth a read.Published 9 months ago by Gxs068