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David Clark is a formerly obese alcoholic and fast food junkie who found a new life in running. Now, 13 years after his transformation, he shares his inspiring story of taking running to the extreme edge of his physical and spiritual breaking points. Having run more than a hundred races, including the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run and the Hardrock 100, David has achieved unimaginable success in the ultramarathon world, considering his humble start. From barely finishing his first 5k to running 100 miles in less than 18 hours, David shatters the notion that the front of the pack is a birthright.

Among his many outlandish adventures, David talks about doing 10 epic events in one year to celebrate his 10th year of sobriety. This mind-bending year of running included running the Boston Marathon four times in one day, running 343 laps around a high school track, and running 48 hours on a treadmill. You will feel like you are running alongside him as he navigates his vision quest - all the while hallucinating and breaking from reality in one of the most epic Badwater 135 race experiences ever told.

David’s story is raw, honest, and pure adrenaline-laden inspiration as he shares his unique brand of Americana and heavy metal Buddhism. This book has far more to offer than just miles traveled and mountains climbed. It's about trying to find a way station of balance somewhere in a world of extremes. It’s about running to create a legacy and develop your own inner strengths. After listening to Broken Open, you’ll never doubt how strong you can be, how much you can endure, or whether or not you are capable of finding true happiness.

©2018 David Clark (P)2019 David Clark

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Stop preaching veganism

Dislike: Veganism preaching - almost stopped listening right there just like Rich Rolls book Liked: struggling through adversity

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really amazing story

loved it really felt a connection and appreciated the authors efforts and emotion in reading

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  • sonny lee owen
  • 25-06-2019

supremely open .

the most honest account I've been apart of to date. a true gem of honesty

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  • Carolyn
  • 02-03-2020

raw, true, and unbelievable

David Clark walks you through his struggle to find happiness. Listen on a good long run.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2020

Awesome book very inspirational!

Looking for a good listen this is it I couldn't stop listening & looked forward to my time to listen. He's so expansive on explaining his story & the voice is perfect. Thank you!!!

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  • TLangemeier
  • 05-01-2020

Insightful read

Having been a runner for 20+ years & the son of an alcoholic who struggles at times to keep the same demon inside me silent...this book hit home. Many times I’ve wondered if I’m simply trading 1 addiction for another & what happens when I stop running. Hoping this book helps me find the inner strength to find myself in the same way before unlacing for the last time. Thank you for sharing your story & valuable insights. Definitely worth reading/listening to!

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  • Paul Chipopa
  • 11-09-2019

Must Read

The book took me through the journey through David’s life and his discovery of his inner self through running. I love the fact that he was not judgie about other pipo who a different lifestyle from his such as diet.

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  • Scott Common
  • 30-06-2020

What You Focus On You Become

If you enjoy listening to a self consumed Loser drone on and on and on about how he murders everything in his life.... I guess this is for you. Like most music, movies, poetry and books of This World (Without God), people believe they are artists just becase they can be raw, and real. SORRY: That's not art. It's not beautiful, and it's not worthy of publishing. UNLESS: You are of this world and enjoy the Tribe of The Depressed and Self Consumed.

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  • Annette Etchison
  • 16-01-2020

Inspiring!

Though a bit long sometimes, David's story is inspiring and heartfelt. I could envision his environment and feel his emotion.

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  • Francisco Sandoval
  • 05-01-2020

broken open

me encanto. como adicto en recuperación me identifiqué con la vida de David. ¡ excelente libro!

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  • Lauren Saladino
  • 04-10-2019

Great memoir

David really lets you into his incredible mind of overcoming obstacle after obstacle. Listening to this book really strengthened my mindset and let me know how much we are capable of. Thank you David

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  • Mr J M J Paul
  • 23-07-2019

Interesting story but...

He has a great story of recovery but for me this audiobook could have been better: (1) during recording a pop-shield on the mic wasn’t used so we hear the constant click of saliva and swallowing (2) the recovery story is great but this is also billed as a book about ultra-running and, for me, the didactic part is too strong (3) there’s nothing wrong with patriotism, but in this book it’s very overt and, as a non-American, that’s uncomfortable -

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  • Phillip
  • 21-08-2020

David is an amazing narrator !!! Loved this book

This book is so inspirational, David is an amazing Narrator such a treat that he narrated his own book. His accomplishments are so inspirational, he also shares personal struggles which makes the book very authentic. Thank you David for sharing your life with us :)

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  • benS
  • 28-06-2020

possibly the best audiobook I've heard.

just a shame he isn't here for me to thank for the pleasure of listening. rest in Peace David.

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  • RLS
  • 13-08-2020

Demotivational - How to give up and rationalise it

I had decent expectations for this book and quite enjoyed the first half. It goes off the rails in the second half though and is demotivational at best. Maybe if you have tried ultra running and given up then you would like this book because it will help you justify why giving up was the right thing to do? Broadly this book focusses on the pain, overthinking any one situation and then making poor decisions anyway before rationalising failure into success when it was still failure with a lesson that needed to be learned. I am a big fan of setting large goals, occasionally failing and then getting back up again. Ultimately in this book the author fails and doesn't get back up again. The one lesson to be learnt from this book that is valuable for any ultra runner is that your mind will say all sorts of things to try and get you to stop and what gets you through one race might not get you through the next. Unfortunately the author seems to suffer some kind of mental breakdown during one particular race and then gives up running almost entirely only to somehow consider that a success before blaming it on the running. This coincided with a poor life choice that wasn't anything to do with running.... The author may be a great guy (he certainly thinks he is), but it doesn't come across that way in the book. It is read very well though and I continuously hoped it would turn itself around, but it only seemed to get more depressing.

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  • Chris
  • 28-05-2020

Wow.!

The most enlightening story about a person I have ever heard. Incredible openness and honesty showing that real men talk and share and think and diagnose and love and open up. It's OK to be and show vulnerability as a guy.

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  • Steven Morrin
  • 30-03-2020

Brilliant Listen

Loved this book. David tells his story very well. Highly recommend. He really describes well the ability to find balance with your warrior and your monk.

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  • David
  • 01-06-2019

first book great, this one not so good

not really my cup of tea. loved the first book, but I felt in this one he was just reaching for book content where there wasn't. events seemed to drag a bit and not go anywhere. fair play to him for doing these events, but not that interesting.

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