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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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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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A joy

I love it, and lapped up all the sweet bits of information and knowledge shared.
When it did make me laugh it was whole body 🖖

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lana
  • 25-04-2021

Don Key Arte - a glorious adventure

A very happy and heartfelt real life tale. You’d just love to be part of this very happy, adventurous family. They travel lightly over difficult ground and there’s lots of information woven into the story that will benefit anyone reading or listening to this book. I couldn’t wait to get to the end so I could start all over again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-2021

Amazing

Interesting, inspiring, uplifting, thought provoking, funny, hopeful, sad and motivating. Nothing else to be said.

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  • B W GRANEY
  • 29-11-2020

A stunning book for anyone with a heart

Absolutely loved this book. If you have an ounce of soul you'll enjoy it too. Beautifully written, and as usual with Chris its brilliantly performed.
This is a fantastic story of hope, friendship and determination. It's a beautiful story for animal lovers, fascinating in its exploration of animal therapy, Burro racing, running and mental health.
Kudos to Christopher.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-2020

Wonderful and life inspiring.

This is one of the greatest books that I have ever read and listened to. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I was enthralled from start to finish and wished there was a follow up book to go on to next.

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  • Kenina
  • 06-10-2020

loved it

kept me gripped right to the end touched on animal handling, mental health issues angsiety

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