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Reborn on the Run

My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Aside from her rock star looks, Catra Corbett is a standout in the running world on her accomplishments alone. Catra is the first American woman to run over 100 miles or more on more than 100 occasions and the first to run 100 and 200 miles in the Ohlone Wilderness, and she holds the fastest known double time for the 425-miles long John Muir Trail, completing it in 12 days, four hours, and 57 minutes.

And, unbelievably, she's also a former meth addict.

After two years of addiction, Catra is busted while selling, and a night in jail is enough to set her straight. She gives up drugs and moves back home with her mother, abandoning her friends, her boyfriend, and the lifestyle that she came to depend on. Her only clean friend pushes her to train for a 10K with him, and surprisingly, she likes it and decides to run her first marathon after that.

In Reborn on the Run, the listener keeps pace with Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world's best ultrarunners.

©2018 Catra Corbett and Dan England (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Andrew
  • 16-12-2018

No flow

I really wanted to like this book. As a seasoned ultra runner, I love hearing other people's stories and what brought them to the sport. The structure of this book was poor throughout. There wasn't a cohesive and flowing storyline and I felt like the author constantly jumped back and forth between different times of her life, which left me a little confused at times. There was a lot of redundancy throughout the book as well. She repeated the same phrases often and would sometimes reword the same points. She has a great story to tell, but I just couldn't get into it because of how poorly it was written.

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  • Bangledorf
  • 07-03-2019

Lackluster writing, mediocre narration

This book is the usual fare for runners' books these days: addict finds escape from life's struggles in ultra-running. But this one utterly failed to bring me into the experience. At no point did I ever feel the pain or struggle of the author's achievements, as she dismissed her first 50 and 100 mile races with a paragraph or two. Events depicted in the book, while ordinary, might have been harrowing, riveting, or terrifying, but the reader is never made to feel the emotions of those moments.

It truly feels like this book had no editor. Not only for the reasons already mentioned, but because it often repeats itself, sometimes in contradictory ways. And, not being a dog-person maybe I just do not understand, but what editor would allow an entire chapter recounting a history of the dogs the author has owned, how she came to own them, and how they died into the book? I'm not making that up. An entire chapter of "that's when I met fluffy, Fluffy and I loved to run together. He appreciated the majesty of the trail and we ran together a lot." What the crap?! How did that get past the editor, or the beta-readers?

Also the narrator is not great. She vacillates between only two voices: one a sleepy voice that sounds like she is almost slurring her words, making her sound like she is half in the bag, and the other, a giddy-sounding voice like a child who is so excited about the punchline of a joke that they cannot keep their voice calm enough to tell the setup. Too bad the book is not funny.

In conclusion, I think this book would only be of interest to someone who has some particular interest in the author herself, because as just a common listener who enjoys running books, I found it very difficult to get through.

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  • M
  • 04-12-2018

Book was great

Book was great; however, the narrator needed a little more energy. Sometimes I could tell what character she was trying to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2019

Worth It!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the time frame jumping around to a sometimes-confusing degree. I found that I didn’t really care about that confusion because I found Catra so fascinating. Allyson Ryan is a phenomenal narrator and captured her voice well. This inspired me as I’m starting out my running journey. 3 miles is a challenge for me— so to hear someone go 100 is amazing

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  • Julie Shayne
  • 23-03-2019

Love this book!

Inspiring, raw, real! I loved Catras honesty in telling her story. She is a real inspiration to trail runners and non-runners alike

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-2019

Learning more about the legend!

I am relatively new to ultras but who hadn't heard of Catra?!?! I try to absorb as much information as possible about ultra running and some of the sports own legends and Catra is one of them. I was excited to listen to her book as my first Audible purchase. It was an amazing story of overcoming and maintaining....

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  • Tippie Yanez
  • 02-03-2019

READ THIS BOOK<br />

Catra is definitely a special kind of badass. her story of resilience and self love is a treasure.

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  • josh
  • 12-02-2019

great story but confusing timeline

the story jumped around alot in my opinion but such an inspiration I cant leave anything less than 5 stars

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  • Duncan
  • 12-02-2019

Journal type story, robotic narrative.

Personal journal type story line. the narrator seemd robotic so some of the language and explanations of personal experience missed the mark.

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  • Lacey Dean
  • 29-01-2019

Great Beautiful Epic Life!

Dirt Diva's epic journey is a true inspiration. Great read! Pink should be the new color for grit.

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  • Mr
  • 15-02-2019

Addictive!

I’m a big guy looking for inspiration to get back into running. This book has been really valuable to me. It’s really well written, well read and just the perfect partner as you “zip up and set off”.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together.........keep running Cat!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2019

Started well, but tailed off.

The first 40-50% of the book is quite good. But I couldn't help find the second half, particularly the latter stages, a bit repetitive and, if I'm being honest, a bit egotistical.

I ended up thinking - "ok we get it, you're a bad-ass who runs 100 milers" and found it a quite boring in the end.

Narrator not great either. A bit disappointed all in all. Gave it 3 stars because of the first half, which I quite liked.

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  • david butterly
  • 07-04-2019

Allyson Ryan should never be the narrator for this

could not get into the story for the terrible performance of the narrator, spoiled the story as well as my long runs.