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  • The Rise of the Ultra Runners

  • A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance
  • Written by: Adharanand Finn
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  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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The Rise of the Ultra Runners

Written by: Adharanand Finn
Narrated by: Adharanand Finn
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Publisher's Summary

Marathons are no longer impressive.

Pain is to be relished, not avoided. 

Hallucinations are perfectly normal. 

Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illness? 

Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and from a 24-hour track race in Tooting to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 

The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

©2019 Adharanand Finn (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Great book!

Really captured the essence of why we love to run. Laughed out loud on several occasions. Made my long much more enjoyable listening to his stories of the ultra legends.

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Interesting, amazing, and inspirational

I loved every part of this audio book. An incredible and informative journey into and through the world of ultra running. Despite the described struggles of ultra running, I feel gravitated to it. Thank you for writing this book Adharanand Finn 🙏.

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Repetitive

Once you hear one race you heard them all so repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive

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Amazing book.

Very inspiring. Well written. It even gets emotional. Not an instruction manual but a journal style story mixed in with pro interviews.

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Must read for any runner

I’m new to the world of ultra running and absolutely loved it. Takes you along the author’s journey of learning and discovering the sport. Fantastic storytelling and gets me excited to go out and run!

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Great for new running enthusiasts

As a novice runner and fan of ultra running- I found the book very interesting, informative and entertaining. The author manages to give a comprehensive background on ultra running while stringing together a compelling narrative that really draws you in.

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Running motivation

I enjoyed listening to this book while running. Sometimes you are trying to find answers to why you are running, and sometimes you find those answers in others' thoughts. I got some of those answers from here. And some additional motivation. I recommend this book!

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fantastic journey

so perfectly written and such a journey through each chapter. fantastic book. I'm a runner but not ultra and probably never but i listened on a few of my long runs and got me happily through them. the performance wasn't the best and could have been much better but i appreciate the author reading his own book!

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Hard to stay engaged

I listened to it while training for a marathon. I found the book helped me to downplay the training I was doing compared to that of what people go through running Ultras.
HOWEVER, the narrators voice is very monotone and sounds more like a sleep story you would hear on Calm.

Overall the book was "Ok".

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  • 2022-08-04

A tall order succeeded

It’s probably very difficult to make a story about ultrarunning compelling. I don’t envy the author’s task. But he did as fine a job as I can imagine without aggrandizing and (I expect) making things up. It’s a good book, but ultrarunning is slow and by definition mildly uninteresting as a feat. The accomplishments are interesting, the act not so much. As someone who previously and until only recently hated running because of its boredom, I came to realize that the saving grace of long runs is the amazing feeling one achieves during that long run — a state where one’s mind begins to let go of the problems of this world. It’s something I can’t achieve to quite the same extent on a bicycle. I believe the author captured a lot of this, though my runs are currently quite short by comparison and I can only imagine what it must feel like to run very long distances. The author did his best to describe the good and the bad that comes with it, and I am interested in trying my hand at much longer runs now. I learned a lot through the stories, and feel slightly more prepared, though this book is by no means a manual. Very good given the height of the task.

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  • Salman A.
  • 2019-07-02

Ultra runner account

As a person whom ran these races, I find it very very very very boring

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  • Paul
  • 2023-05-31

Fantastic book

The author takes you along a journey and brings insight into this unique sport. One of the best running books I've had the privilege to enjoy.

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  • fabiano petroni
  • 2023-02-02

I am on the same path

As the author is gathering points for the UTMB and talking, learning from people I can’t help to follow him as I am following the same journey

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  • Scott
  • 2022-06-27

Well-written story but didn't love narration

Reasonably well-written, for a professional journalist, but I couldn't past the author's meek, monotone voice. Added to the mispronunciation of Dan Ariely's name (not 'airily') and a couple of others I wasn't too sure of, all seemed to diminish the credibility of the storytelling. But one can't help but admire his effort in each race. Kudos 👍🏻

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  • Shay
  • 2022-03-05

Insightful and inspiring

I really loved this book. It read like a story but was hugely insightful. Some of the content around injury and injury prevention I had encountered in other books but this brought presented it in a different, more tangible way. So much so that I have enrolled in the Gary Ward online course!
The big take away from this and quite a few books/interviews/YouTube videos that I get is unless you are actually injured the battle is in the mind. Beside 'live in the moment' I have yet discovered how to build this mental fitness. My current limitations are far more modest at the half-marathon and a very slow plodding marathon but everybody has to find their own limit and we all need to start somewhere. That is the second thing I took from this highly enjoyable book.

Well worth the read.

Thanks for making me smile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-12-02

A book that will inspire you

I have listened to this book twice and I am sure I will listen to it again. On my long ultra trail races, I think of Finn and he motivates me to carry on. A great book, by a great writer.

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  • Slawek Sindrewicz
  • 2021-02-28

There are deeper books, but that's a very good summary of "all the feels" of an ultra runner

Sometimes it feels a bit like listening to the summary of the actual book, as what from a perspective of an ultra lasts for an eternity, here is described over 30mins. Yet all the key elements are there to show why ultra running is not just running over mountains. If you've ever run a ultra, you'll find all the moments here where you'll laugh out loud, cringe at recollection of your own memories, or shed a tiny tear remembering that one finish.

Well worth it to remind you why you've done all that ultra thing in the first place!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-16

FFF - First From Finn

Absolutely compelling until the last chapter. Adharanand as he refers to himself lives the story and it feels like you get the opportunity to meet the author himself as he takes you through the struggles, defeats and triumphs in an epic listen for any person not only Ultramarathon fans.

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