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  • By: David Clark
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  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Broken Open: Mountains, Demons, Treadmills and a Search for Nirvana

By: David Clark
Narrated by: David Clark
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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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really amazing story

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

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More than just another running book

I almost didn't get this book after reading some of the reviews that it was another preachy vegan running book. I'm glad I didn't listen to those reviews, there's literally 1 chapter on nutrition where he talks about becoming vegan and that's it. The book is read by the author himself which I love, who better to tell your own story. I've already recommended this book to friends, it's definitely worth the listen.

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Great read.

This is such a great read and was sad to read after I finished the book that David passed away in May of 2020 due to complications from surgery. There is a lot to take away from this book and the willingness to seek inside rather than seeking validation from those around us.

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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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Struggles are real, we all live through them. Get up and get amongst living life.

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Meh

found this story just didnt give me the motivation i was looking for. could use a better narrator

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I was attracted by the title having lived experience of addiction and also being a runner

Disappointed- it’s the usual self indulgent histrionics of the celebrity sober . Awful, American bru hah ha , also plenty of incorrect advice, and assumptions . Did not enjoy, do not recommend , ego driven shallow

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