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The Pants of Perspective

One Woman's 3,000 Kilometre Running Adventure Through the Wilds of New Zealand
Narrated by: Anna McNuff
Series: Anna’s Adventures, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"A thrilling, coming-of-age journey that will make you yearn to go on your own adventures.” (Runner's World)

Anna was never anything like those "real" runners on telly - all spindly limbs, tiny shorts, and split times - but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder...perhaps being a "real" runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway? 

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridgelines, over mountain passes, along beaches, and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometers in a day, she slept wild most nights and was taken into the homes and hearts of the Kiwi people in between. 

The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colorful, and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story that will lead you on a roller-coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage, and failure. 

For anyone who has ever dreamt of taking on a great challenge but felt too afraid to begin - this story is for you.

©2017 Anna McNuff (P)2018 Anna McNuff

Critic Reviews

"Beaming with limitless ambition, positivity and enthusiasm." (Women’s Running)

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A breath of fresh air !!

What an adventure and more importantly how brave Anna is to run/hike/camp on her own in the great outdoors. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Anna tells a great story her voices and enthusiasm when reading keep you listening. Thanks for entertaining me while I ran.

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Entertaining and honest

Anna McNuff is hugely entertaining and honest in matters of her running and her life. No BS just a great tale of learning some big lessons on a trail in NZ. Loved this book all the way to the end, even the closing comments about her abilities as a narrator - which if you want to know are just perfect.

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Just what I needed

Dear Anna, not sure if you actually read all these as I’m sure you are extremely busy off adventuring somewhere else but I have to say I enjoyed your book immensely!!! Firstly the fact that my husband and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary in the South Island last year ( we honeymooned in the north island 10years previous) and hearing your amazing descriptions made it feel like I was right back there in what is one of the most amazingly beautiful, stunning we’ll actually words don’t cut it at all but this country equally captured my heart and I thank you for taking me back there in my mind at least. Secondly I am only 6 weeks in on a dream I have to run a marathon..... not anything as grand as your feat but I’m 53 yrs old and far from athletic, my reasons are very personal and want to do it to raise money for charity and to honour the memory of my brother, I lost him far too young.... he ran marathons and being that I have one of his medals which is one of my most treasured possession I thought I could actually do this!!! I could raise some money and also complete something he accomplished and fully know what he must of felt. I want to make him proud and perhaps also feel some of the contentment you talk off once you sat at the lighthouse at the end of the NZ trail. Anyway my training has been on hold as I’d had a set back and hurt my lower back at work and haven’t been able to train this past week....I felt miserable and defeated but listening to your book has inspired me to keep going with the training... I ran again today and it feels great to be back out there.... Thank you again and good luck in all you do... you are truly inspirational and a breath of fresh air. I honestly don’t know how you managed it but your thought processes seems to of been a source of power and some I may be borrowing!!! Thank you again Anna... Jules Perth Australia (formerly Somerset UK).

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INSPIRATIONAL!!!

Absolutely awesome book , kept me going whilst I was walking and running during lockdown in OZ can’t wait to hear any further adventures

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love it

amazeballs fun and loved learning about my own country through her adventures. Now looking for my next McNuff adventure book.

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I just so loved listening

kept me listening right to the end, it takes a very good book for me to do that as my attention span is pretty bad, this book held my attention and couldn't wait to listen to it each day. Anna's narration was epic to, really made me feel like I was right there on the trail with her. I feel really encouraged by her enthusiasm for life and adventure . Thanks Anna

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Fantastic listen

I really enjoyed this book, new to jogging (5k here I come), it was wonderful to hear a fun and realistic account of the NZ trail. She really captured the people of NZ who’s friendliness is unmatched in any other place I’ve visited. It was motivating and entertaining.

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inspired me to start hiking

devoured this book. loved annas narration. brought a desire for adventure in every day life

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Wow

Awesome book , Anna is an awesome narrator. Seems like such a cool person . I’m New Zealander loved hearing her perspective! Highly recommended

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I loved this book so much

I love Anna's writing and loved hearing about her adventures ... and about the world at its most beautiful and people at their kindest. I can't wait to read her other book!

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  • Kim
  • 09-12-2018

I loved this book

The author reads the book with such enthusiasm and energy I couldn't stop listening. If you liked North by Scott Jurek you will like this even more.

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  • pink fluff
  • 09-10-2020

Love Anna’s books!

So fun! Love to listen to Anna’s adventures while I’m out running!! She is fabulous! Looking forward to more!

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  • Mamacat
  • 07-10-2020

Exhilarating Escapades with Plucky Brit!

Anna McNuff, had done it again! She ensnared me with her exuberance in "50 Shades of the USA," and spurred me to get back to biking (thanks!). And, now, she's taken me on a run (I. Don't. Run.) across New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail where danger, snorting laughter and philosophical musings make for a mixed travelogue stew of adventure. She's thrust herself out in the wild, primitive camping with bars of chocolate for dinner, or 'remembering' civilization by staying with warm-hearted Kiwi families and soaking up local culture and food. It's a joy to see her ponder and mature as she treks solo in the bush. It's the difficult journeys which provide a perfect petri dish for good growth, as Anna's found out. Give it a read!

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  • Brittany
  • 02-10-2020

Inspiring and entertaining!

I was quite delighted to trip upon this book when skimming through Audible. Less than a minute into the sample clip and I knew I’d love it - I wasn’t wrong! The narration by Anna herself makes this truly magical - it almost felt like I was running right alongside her. Can’t wait to check out her other books!

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  • amanda
  • 26-08-2020

Cheeky, honest, delightful

Anna tells of her tramp through New Zealand (tramp as in through-run). Her upbeat tale of her emotional and physical journey, both with ups and downs, was a delight and uplifting. And yes, entertaining.

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  • tcbscott
  • 29-07-2020

What a great listen!

I hadn't heard of Anna before listening to her other book on pedaling through all 50 states, which was great! Then I wanted to hear more, and was happy to see she had another book on Audible. She's very enthusiastic and I love a good adventure read with all it's pitfalls and pleasures. Plus when the adventures happen in a country that I don't know as much about, like New Zealand, all the better. Highly recommended.

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  • B.J. Ryan
  • 20-06-2020

An awesome adventure!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. He gave me some bad ideas about maybe going on my own adventure someday. I love to run mostly on trails, and maybe one day I’ll be able to run New Zealand. Or run the USA. Or who knows, run everywhere! This book was awesome!

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  • LectricEye
  • 05-06-2020

Great Audible book

Fun story. I'll be listening to this again. I enjoyed the narrator's voice as well.

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  • TONYA
  • 02-06-2020

Anna McNuff is wonderful

Pant of Perspective was wonderful! Funny, exciting, full of adventure and friendships!! Highly recommended!

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  • Nele Lefeldt
  • 31-05-2020

Great story!

Inspiring and sweet story that makes you want to go outside and hit the trail asap.

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  • Portia
  • 24-04-2020

High octane guff with a dangerous message

I admit I’m only about a third of the way through, so I’m hoping the key messages change by the end. If the writer is as badly prepared for her long distance wilderness run as she (repeatedly) tells us then surely she will be a lot wiser by the end. Now I don’t mind a bit of feel-good story polish but so far I’ve leant: 1. It’s fine to set out into the wilderness badly prepared. 2. Maybe don’t bother researching the trail you are doing, cos hey, that’s just amusing ditziness and not at all dangerous to you or others 3. Don’t take a GPS, because you not liking the way they ‘look at you funny’ is more important than not getting lost and putting others at risk when they try to find you. Ditto, help your folks back home feel you will be a bit safer if you get lost. 4. It’s fine to start out on something this strenuous and isolated without fully training with all your gear 5. In fact it’s fine to set out when you are injured because - presumably- positive thinking will help you. Putting people at risk to find you because you didn’t listen to your body is, again, fine. So, the story. A lot of over the top ‘hey awesome’ and very little content or reflection. The descriptions of the landscape sound like they were added by another hand. Maybe they were and the author’s strength is running, not writing. But the disjunct is jarring at times. I kind of wish I hadn’t paid money to encourage more of this.

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  • Mrs G.
  • 18-10-2019

Awesome listen!

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in running/ adventures/ challenges. Read by Anna herself and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Anna in person it’s great to hear her reading this. I have been listening to this whilst running and now I’ve finished it I’m eagerly awaiting the next instalment once completed the Barefoot Britain challenge! Go Anna - enjoy your adventures and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2019

Amazing, inspiring, down-right brilliant!

Absolutely LOVED this book! Anna reads aloud in a very animated and enthralling way - love the accents! This book has everything - even a love story!! An inspiring read and just loved listening to it on my commute - don't know what to do now that I've finished it!!

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  • stephen du plessis
  • 15-12-2018

Great story about a great adventure.

Excellent storytelling. Inspiring and funny. I still need to write five more words now though.

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  • Lizzie
  • 25-10-2020

AWESOME

What a wonderful story. So enjoyed hearing about Anna's awesome adventure and her description of the country. Well read by the author.

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  • Layla Justice
  • 20-10-2020

Absolutely loved this book!

Thank you Anna! This audio book was brilliant, and made even greater by you reading it to us yourself! Why everyone doesn't do this, I'll never know, really brings the story alive! I looovved this story, and have been completely immersed in the McNuff NZ adventure, passing through places I know and many others I don't yet.. ups and downs, pain and glory! Fab! Seriously, it's a great book. If you want a cool adventure story, brought alive with character and passion, then this will see you right! Looking forward to Llama Drama now! :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-2020

Love it!!!

Absolutely loved this book - enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it ended. Anna is so full of life it was so easy to follow her along her journey!! Brilliant!!

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  • Bob Unsworth
  • 03-10-2020

Captivating listen

It’s like running in Anna’s footsteps, you’re there alongside her sharing the adventure with her. Beautifully narrated.

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  • Gnjoutside
  • 28-09-2020

Great fun and very honest

McNuff acknowledges the inherent selfishness of adventuring and counters it with inspirational honesty. Alongside her schools programme and fundraising this is refreshing! In this tough undertaking she achieves a significant feat with grit and humour.

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  • ksims77
  • 23-09-2020

Great listen

Wonderful insight from someone following their dreams (and the struggle endured). Well worth a listen.