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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
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 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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The book I was waiting for

I admit to a bias from the start - I've done parts of Te Araroa and I'm a big fan of the long distance endurance challenge story and of the New Zealand landscape so finding this was a bonanza. So I was really happy that it turned out to be even better than I hoped it would be. Anna's story and narration and attitude is always relateable, always entertaining and 90% upbeat, although she is brutally honest about the days spent sobbing alone in the bush moments. Loved every minute of it so my simple advice - if you like books about feats of athletic endurance OR adventure travel OR just stories told by an incredibly likeable, adventurous and entertaining woman, get this. You won't regret it. Seriously, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't enjoy listening to this book.

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Loved this book

I have started running 1000km to raise money (not in one go - but by Christmas 2020) so I looked for inspiration. I listened to Anna retell her story and it helped me so much. I don't need to be perfect, or faster, just do it well enough to make myself proud. I really loved this book.
Ps Well done Anna

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Funny as...

She showcases NZ amazing scenery and people while given a lesson on resilience! The jokes are a plus!

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What an inspiring book!

A great story of courage, adventure & realising how far the human body can be pushed physically and mentally. You have inspired me to hopefully one day check out this trail myself! Anna is real and hilarious and you won’t regret giving this a listen!

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Amazing

Anna writes an amazing memoir of a really tough challenge that’s not for the faint hearted. She overcomes challenges and struggles, injury and self doubt. I have ready a lot and I mean a lot of hiking memoirs this book is now my No1 favourite and cannot wait to read memoirs of Anna’s in the future. I aim to walk the Te Araroa one day amd this book has more than encouraged me that it is absolutely achievable. Thank Anna your a legend

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Best book for understanding why we run

I love Anna. The way she described the experience and the long path took me there for real. I like listening this book on my run, it is so magical. Must read!

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Loved loved loved this book. Honest funny and raw account of what sounds like an amazing adventure and achievement
Well done Anna

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Great Read

Funny, entertaining and makes me want to jump on a plane to NZ right now!
Love your work Anna!!

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A rocking adventure book

The kind of book that is perfect for listening, because the author/narrator’s personality and passion shines through. Anna’s experiences on her journey are enjoyable to listen to and chock-full of insights into the mental struggles that she worked through as well. I’m all fired up to find my own adventure now.

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Inspirational!

Absolutely loved listening to this audiobook, Anna was so easy to listen to! I listened as I was out running the trails here in Australia and her storytelling was so good it almost made me feel like I was right there, beside her experiencing everything she did! A must ‘read’ for sure! Thanks Anna and well done on finishing this amazing feat! 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

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  • 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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  • CFr
  • 14-03-2020

FANTASTIC performance

You will LOVE Anna. Her reading makes this good story great. Good story for runners or people with an interest in NZ.

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  • Shen-Tat
  • 29-02-2020

Motivation Supreme!

I loved this audio book so much! Every day that I drove on my commute it was like living an adventure. I love running and I love a good challenge and sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. It was so joyous and real to hear of Anna's challenges she faced and made me crave more for myself.

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  • Mills
  • 24-02-2020

Love her!

Anna is such an endearing person, that right from the start of the book you want her to be your friend. In the opening “read by Anna McNuff...*whispers*thats me!!” I was in for the ride.
I’ve already recommended this book to several of my friends and can’t wait to go on an adventure of my own.
But above all else, this book is about doing something you didn’t think you were capable of, but you did it anyways. It is the epitome of “leap and a net will appear” and “be scared and do it anyways”. It has awakened in me a fire to do the things that scare me, either it be adventure or even career related. 10/10 recommend to a friend.

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  • 08-02-2020

Wonderful!

It was a joy to listen and imagine to your adventure! I felt like I was being carried along the trail with you. Please write again!!

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  • vfoster
  • 31-12-2019

Loved book and Anna

Hilarious. Love her accent and how she made me laugh when she did silly things. Very inspiring.

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  • TR
  • 13-12-2019

Refreshing and very well written

If one should have a nugget of yearning for adventure within, this is the book and audible for you. I started with the audible and then even ordered the book. Why? Not sure but I do know there were a few of Anna's experiences and reactions to those experiences that are worth remembering ... as I ponder what and how this yearning for adventures will manifest. I suspect my running days are over, but I recently purchased a new single racing shell and am about to invest in a second bike ... a gravel bike for bike packing. I recall adventures from my youth (20's in to 30's). Have always loved my fitness to an extreme at times, and will now add Anna's story to my reference library as I identify and embark on ... who knows what ... but adventure for sure. Thanks for sharing your story Anna. You certainly have a talent for writing.
Note, a little bonus for me was your overnight with the Drysdale's. As I return to rowing, I've book marked YouTube video's of Mahe Drysdale at Olympics and Henley. He is a good one to study.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2019

Witty & inspiring!

I felt like I was there with Anna as she tramped her way across New Zealand. This story is sure to make you laugh and inspire adventures big and small.

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  • mwe
  • 22-11-2019

More colorful than Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods

Wonderful narration that brought the story to life. Thank you Anna for sharing your adventure.

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  • stormyweather books
  • 21-11-2019

Fun NZ adventure

My husband and I listened to this during our first ever New Zealand roadtrip. Interesting story, narrated very well.

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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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  • Ali
  • 23-03-2020

Uplifting and inspiring!

Anna is a whirlwind of positivity and can-do attitude. Humble, heartfelt, and inspiring a generation. Loved it!

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  • Paul Gaish
  • 11-03-2020

Anna is amazing

If you want a book about a story of self doubt and how to overcome it, then download away. Superbly written and such a tale of being a fool and being great!

Loved every minute.

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  • S. Walker
  • 10-03-2020

great running or just feel good book

loved this book. uplifting and easy to listen to. made me want to run some trails

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2020

Fun filled story of adventure.

Looked at this book several times thinking it seems girlie and would hate it. Impulse purchase and really did not regret. This girl is tough and is not afraid of and adventure. She reads the book herself which add to the impact and sentiment of every word and quip. Gr8 one time listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

excellent

My partner sent this to me as my first audio book.

far from being an expert all I can say is it had me hooked and I could not wait to get back on the road and listen to the rest. Anna is enthusiastic in an infectious way leading you through a story I was saddened it had to end.

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  • Pinkydo80
  • 14-02-2020

absolutely brilliant.

wow what an adventure. I felt like I was right there with Anna. Every step, breathtaking or scary as hell. what an inspirational

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2020

Inspiring

Amazing story from a truly inspiring person, loved listening to this and perfect motivation during long and difficult runs