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Publisher's Summary

When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans. 

Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for.  

With the aid of Chris' menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife, Mika, and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.

©2019 Christopher McDougall (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Who knew about burro racing?

Enjoyed every minute of it, funny and inspiring,
Informative Enjoyed every minute of it, funny and inspiring and overall good

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Excellent!’

Absolutely loved this book!
It was engaging, informative and inspiring!
Go Sherman Go! What a blast

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Great Story - Sherman is a Rock Star 🌟

It's so nice to hear the Amish community placed in a favourable light. The descriptions around the moonlight runs, the willingness to help, the real sense of community. This and of course the story of rescuing Sherman made the book very enjoyable. I'm an equine enthusiast who had Inever heard of donkey racing before. What a fabulous sport.

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The most delightful book!

Absolutely loved this story! My friend recommended it and it’s wonderful. I’ve read other books by the author and he’s great - really interesting and engaging. This is one of my favourites though - the narration and story are both excellent. Highly recommend it!

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Loved it!

What a wonderful book which entertains, educates, encourages and gives you a beaming smile of hope at the end. Can’t recommend enough, enjoy!

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So much more than I expected

I bought the book because I have a donkey and every donkey owner loves to hear a good story about a donkey. However this story had so much more and the stories which woven in along the journey were incredible and motivating, you won’t regret listening to this story whether you have a donkey or not.

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  • 12-01-2022

A heartfelt story with more depth than you think

This was a super easy read. Christopher's writing is easy to follow and is not aimed at an exclusive group. In addition, this is definitely not only for runners as running is a theme but does not become the main thrust of the story.

Human/animal interactions, mental health and wellness, relationships and a dive into Mormon life are all bundled into the story. Super fun.

The one challenge is Christopher's reading style - being a regular Audible member I am spoilt with some of the narrators who do this as a profession - Christopher is not a voice actor and therefore it does sometimes grate...but not a big thing.

I would recommend this book easily.

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  • Horse owner without formal farrier education
  • 05-12-2021

My favourite book

Loved every single thing about this book and the narration. Heartwarming, humane, and funny.

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  • D. Howson
  • 22-10-2019

Super Sherman

Really grabs you and takes you on a journey with the author inspiring read for anyone runner or not.

Never knew how much animals help us dumb humans

Refreshing to anyone with an interest in running bored of the usual stories

Another masterpiece from Chris

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  • Denise
  • 26-01-2020

Such a heartwarming book

I loved this book. I did struggle a little with the strong American accent at times and some of the language was also very American. But please don’t let that out you off. It was a great book which had me giggling away to some of what happened and the great phrases used.

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  • Adi
  • 01-02-2020

Pure joy.

I've really enjoyed all of Chris's books. This is a lovely and fascinating story in many ways. I love the tangents his writing takes on, always leading me to look into other, wide ranging things. There's hope for humankind (and donkeykind also!). Heartwarming and inspiring.

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  • Cotochris
  • 04-02-2022

formidable story in so many ways

The story itself is incredible, very human one & also relationship with animals. It also covers fascinating side stories such 'runners high & the risks, effects of cold water bathing & important ly affects of being with animals.
A great book that can be enjoyed by runners & non runners alike

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  • Andy
  • 15-11-2021

Great from start to finish

Very easy listening. Fun full of intresting facts and points of view. Restores your faith in humanity.

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  • GrahamLittle
  • 18-08-2021

Another great read from the author

really loved this so much and listened whilst out running.

never knew about burro racing before this or their beautiful nature and diverse personalities but I am glad I know now.

thanks so much for sharing this journey and best wishes to all those involved in the real world story.

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  • MelsNextChapter
  • 25-07-2021

Touching tale

What a rollercoaster of emotions. A funny, sad, inspirational and touching tale. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

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  • S
  • 14-07-2021

Just a bit dull

I was excited to listen to this having enjoyed the author's other books immensely. unfortunately I couldn't get into the story of this one. It has moments of interest, mostly in the sub-story anecdotes. I finished it but could've given the end a miss. Narration was good though.

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  • R Kerf
  • 10-06-2021

Best one yet…?!

I love Chris McDougall and didn’t know what I was going to make of Running With Sherman but it could well be my favourite of all 3! I’m going to read/listen them all again to be sure and keep boring on about all three to friends and family because they are so great!

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  • Mark Jordan
  • 26-05-2021

Great story

A great story which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish, couldn't put it down.

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