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  • Becoming Forrest

  • One man's epic run across America
  • Written by: Rob Pope
  • Narrated by: Rob Pope
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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Becoming Forrest

Written by: Rob Pope
Narrated by: Rob Pope
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Publisher's Summary

The remarkable true story of an unrivalled journey to recreate the greatest run in film history: 15,621 miles, five times across the United States.

Becoming Forrest is the incredible story of Englishman Rob Pope, a veterinarian who left his job in pursuit of a dream—to become the first person ever to complete the epic run undertaken by one of Hollywood’s most beloved characters, Forrest Gump. After his momma urged him “to do one thing in life that made a difference”, he flew to Alabama, put on his running shoes, and sped off into the wilderness.

His remarkable journey covered 15,600 miles, the distance from the North to the South Pole and a third of the way back. Over a grueling 18 months, braving injuries, blizzards, forest fires and deadly wildlife, he crossed the United States five times. During one of the most turbulent periods in recent American history, Rob immersed himself in American life. His time on the open road saw him forever changed, trying to make that difference, in the process of Becoming Forrest.

This is a tale of one man who just wanted to make a difference.

©2021 Rob Pope (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"The real Forrest Gump, bringing a legendary fiction to life with a simply staggering feat of endurance and storytelling. The tenacity, curiosity and humour of Rob’s amazing journey comes through in every page of this wonderful tale about people, discovery and a very, very long road." (Mark Beaumont, author of The Man Who Cycled the World)

"Rob Pope is a real-life Hollywood superstar!" (Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man)

"With tons of humour Rob Pope takes us into one of the greatest running journeys. Lace up your shoes and enjoy this excellent book!" (Kilian Jornet, runner and author of Above the Clouds)

"Rob Pope has made his name revelling in challenges that range from the unconventional to the extraordinary." (BBC News)

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  • Carolyn Powell
  • 2021-11-16

Incredible feat, told by a great storyteller

Having met Rob on his journey I am only slightly biased, but I can't recommend this book with more enthusiasm. As someone who lives vicariously through the extraordinary journeys of others - this one did not disappoint. It also adds the benefit of experiencing the United States in a way only a foot traveler can. A wonderful tale to enjoy!

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  • Leslie A Jones
  • 2022-08-14

A phenomenal adventure

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the adventure that was Rob Pope's 5 time run across America... His insight, his humor, his observations all come together in this fascinating and enjoyable tale. A story for all ages, I do think his narrative brought the story alive in a fashion that I would've missed reading it myself. I would absolutely recommend this book, as there is something in it for everyone

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  • Gill M
  • 2022-06-25

life Affirming...no shit!

Even better than the great I was confident it would be. The full box of chocolates.

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  • Dave W
  • 2022-04-28

A must listen to book about running while running

I'm always looking for new things to listen too during my training runs. Becoming Forrest is an excellent answer. Not only is it a captivating story, but it also provides motivation for what ever level of running you are at. "If Rob can run xyz (not giving away any secrets) then I can surely do whatever my training plan has in store for me today"

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  • Lady J
  • 2022-04-11

great story!

I wish I could get this in the form of audio CD as a gift.

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  • Daniel
  • 2021-10-29

Not that interesting

It’s not a bad book. It’s just a bit dry and boring. Nothing really happens although I have great respect for the author’s accomplishments.

The author as narrator was horrible. I had a hard time understanding what he was saying due to his thick accent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-20

Forrest

I wish I could have seen you when you were in Michigan. Douglas Babcock