• The Longest Race

  • A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance
  • Di: Ed Ayres
  • Letto da: Richard Waterhouse
  • Durata: 8 ore e 6 min

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The Longest Race

Di: Ed Ayres
Letto da: Richard Waterhouse
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Sintesi dell'editore

First and foremost a book about running, The Longest Race takes listeners alongside ultramarathoner Ed Ayres as he prepares for, runs, and finishes the JFK 50-mile race at a then record-breaking time for his age division - 60 and older. But for Ayres, this race was about more than just running, and the book also encompasses his musings and epiphanies along the way about possibilities for human achievement and the creation of a sustainable civilization.

Looking back over a lifetime of more than 50 years of long-distance running, Ayres realizes that his running has taught him important lessons about endurance, patience, and foresight. These qualities, also hallmarks of being human, likely helped humans to survive and thrive in the evolutionary race - and, Ayres posits, they are qualities absolutely necessary to building a sustainable society.

Grounding each step of his argument are vivid details from this particular race and other moments across his long running career. These experiences take us far beyond the sport, into new perspectives on our origins as future - and what it means to be a part of the human race. In the end, Ayres suggests, if we can recapture the running prowess and overall physical fitness of our "wild" ancient distance-hunting ancestors, we will also be equipped to keep our bodies, our society, and the entire world running long into the future.

©2012 Ed Ayres (P)2012 AudioGO

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Immagine del profilo di Mark
  • Mark
  • 29/10/2012

Should have been called The Longest Book

What would have made The Longest Race better?

This book was exhausting to get through for a number of reasons. First off, I didn't know it was going to be an intertwined recounting of racing and a bunch of eco-metaphors and analogies. I'd consider myself a moderate environmentalist and open to new ideas, but the way he wove the stories of a 50 mile race, human physiology, and the health of the planet together was painful at times. I just wanted him to finish one coherent thought before departing off into explaining how the build up of lactic acid was like the build up of CO2 in our atmosphere. If he had only made a couple of departures onto a topic he feels passionately about I would have enjoyed it, but it was two to three departures in every chapter and by the end I was just begging for it to end.

The author and his audience would have been better served with a much shorter book on his running alone or his environmentalism alone. The way the two are brought together simply does not work for the reader. I wouldn't recommend this book to either the ultra-distance runner or the environmentalist.

What didn’t you like about Richard Waterhouse’s performance?

Not the right reader for this book. The author is writing about a race he did when he was 60 years old, but the author sounds like he's mid-30's at best. While some stories will carry this just fine, in this story the discontinuity of the young voice talking with the words of age and experience was uncomfortable and noticeable.

Any additional comments?

There are certainly valuable things I took away from this book, primarily regarding running physiology, pacing, and fueling on long runs, but with the challenges presented, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

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Immagine del profilo di Kim
  • Kim
  • 14/07/2013

Misleading

If you are looking for a chance to read about one man's liberal philosophy while he runs an ultramarathon you have chosen the correct book. I had to quit this one.

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Immagine del profilo di C. Verner
  • C. Verner
  • 13/12/2012

painful and preachy

What disappointed you about The Longest Race?

I've been reading a lot of running memoirs lately. Lot's of great ones out there. This is not one of them. Sorry.

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  • John Aslanis
  • 23/09/2021

Someone has unrealistic expectations

I found this audiobook as a suggestion and thought it may be a good listen. The writer is clearly intelligent and there is a story here to be shared.
What lost me was the exhaustive amount of comparisons and, at times, disconnected relations of his view of the workings of the world. I thought there would be some emphasis’ on running, which there is at times, but it’s not until the 9th chapter or so does the author confess he really doesn’t remember the JFK50 in any detail. I mean if it’s the entire back drop of the book and you take us through a dizzying myriad of stories about humanity why not lead with that.
I was astonished to hear that he really only remembers about 2-5 minutes of the overall run but added all this color and detail about other runners of the day.
It lost all credibility and I skipped over the middle sections of chapters.
So either I had or he had unrealistic expectations about what this book was really about.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 28/10/2020

I didn't buy a book on climate change. cool stuff

cool story way to go above 60 !!!! didn't need so much harp on climate change.
ghad so winny about oil and coal. this was suppose to be a running book ghadddddd. we would be riding horses if this author had his was yuck. chapter 6 is unbearable omg.

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  • aaron jones
  • 24/01/2023

Soooo much talk about everything but running

Didn’t need a history lesson, just wanted to hear about the race and you running.

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  • Brad
  • 06/07/2022

Oh my god he’s a climate expert too

Just fng write about running and not how eating meat is causing climate change. Moronic vegetarian bullst

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  • climber21
  • 23/06/2022

Don't waste your time. Its not about running

Man in his 60s runs an ultramarathon. Nice! This should be interesting. But to sum up this book: "I tripped on a rock, and am reminded of how the climate doomsday clock is ticking and no one cares"...*goes on a long tangent*, and "I got passed by a young runner and wondered if he's thinking about how much oil we're consuming as a society"...*goes on a long tangent*, and "as I stopped to drink water, I thought of how glaciers are disappearing, and ponder on how much longer until they are completely gone"... You get the idea. He brings up a LOT of environmental issues. Sure, they're issues, and we need to be more kind to the earth. However, I wanted to listen to a book about running not about how the author believes the government is failing to legislate the country into an eco friendly place.
I downloaded this to listen to while going on a 20 mile training run, and it was the longest run.

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Immagine del profilo di Vic Ramirez
  • Vic Ramirez
  • 17/02/2022

Science meets ultra!

This is one of the best written books about ultra running and life. Ayres tells us an amazing running experience with great detail, sprinkled with very smart anecdotes, brilliant facts. and priceless reflections about the past, present and future. I loved this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/02/2022

didn't care for it overall

The portions on the race and related running tails were enjoyable. The tangents on non running topics were tedious and preachy. I was just looking for a good story about running not a lecture on climate change and other topics.

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  • 07/06/2022

Sorry, but not very interesting.

Well that was dull. Monotone and monotonous. I was hoping for an inspiration narrative as I train for my first ultra, but this book drifts so far off course with long monologues only vaguely connected to running. Compared with other books on running, e.g by Scott Jurek, Lisa Jackson, this was a poor and very distant relation.

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  • mckenzie
  • 31/01/2023

interesting but poorly constructed

An interesting story which goes of the rails far too often for my liking. at times obsessed with social political, and medical thinking. It's like the writers having a real cool ride on a motorbike, whilst shouting random facts and opinions through a megaphone.

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  • 30/01/2023

Went down too many rabbit holes

This started off promising and then seemed to go down every rabbit hole and deviation from the theme for me!

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  • Warwick Hadley
  • 10/01/2023

An interesting listen if a runner or not

This books provides an interesting look at not only ultra running but humans interactions with nature and gives some good opinions on our interactions with the world.

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  • M. J. Byrne-obee
  • 08/11/2022

fantastic

really enjoyed this book , as a none runner I was totally motivated to move more and not only give running a go however to depend more time outside

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/09/2022

All over the place

I really struggled with this one. There isn't really a structure to the narrative. it is going in all directions, a little bit like my brain does during a long run... but I don't want to listen to someone's else meandering thought

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  • A. Botham
  • 16/06/2022

Over-egged

It’s not good. There some science and a lot of opinions presented as science, and some of the worst analogies I have ever heard. If he’d have stuck to his run it would have been a good story at least.

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Immagine del profilo di Ian Leach
  • Ian Leach
  • 08/06/2022

Some important messages

I was a bit luke warm about this book after the first half but it drew me in over the later chapters. I’m a minimalist so Ed’s general philosophy resonated, particularly when he gets to talking about trail running and his appreciation of the outdoors. I’ve been running UK ultras for nearly two decades so it was interesting to hear his stories from the really early days of ultra in the US.

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  • Paul
  • 16/05/2022

Great book.

I stumbled across this book while browsing for running books in the audible plus catalog... I was very surprised how good this book was.. seeing as most of the really good books required a monthly credit to purchase..
The story was told really well and some excellent tips for runners from a training and nutritional perspective 👌

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  • Morney
  • 04/03/2022

Good read

As a runner this book provided good information for ultra running and training requirements.