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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 (35 ratings)

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"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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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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  • Queensland, Australia, but formerly Norn Iron...
  • 05-08-2019

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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Amazing book

Loved listening to this, need to book flight to NZ ASAP and do this hike myself! Amazing

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A must listen book!

Anna has shared her journey - physical, emotional and mental - through New Zealand. There’s no pretence, it’s not for anyone but her. I listened to it while training for a half marathon and loved the honesty of it. One of my favourite parts was her realisation that she was making choices that weren’t so she could tell others what she had done, but for herself, her journey and her memories. Loved this book! And want some unicorn pants of my own!

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inspriational

Such a good book the authors enthusiasm is contagious a will get you on your next adventure.

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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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  • Jessie Dodington
  • 22-10-2019

An expertAn expertly performed story and wonderful company, as all great books should be.

What I love about this story is that it isn’t born of some deep trauma, but more of a desire, a sense of lack in the normal day-to-day that I can really relate to. There is no bear fight or loss of limb but a real sense of the hour-to-hour mind-fighting and body-enduring feat of running over 3000km. Months of running and meeting people and finding out what it means to be Yourself. And holy crap! I rarely like books narrated by the author! Until I heard this book. I kept thinking to myself as I listened, this really really sounds just like how I think Anna McNuff would sound. Maybe they’re friends? I listened to nearly the entire book while training for my next marathon. I felt transported and it helped many of my boring miles pass. It was funny to me to be running and listening to McNuff... who was retelling of running and listening to audio books... a sort of mise en abyme. If you need company on your running adventure or love being transported to another country and lifestyle give this a read or a listen. I really loved it.

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  • Michael Rossi
  • 08-10-2019

Great Adventure!

This is a solid read (listen!). Anna does a good job of keeping the reader engaged and presents a great adventure.

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  • Lisa
  • 22-09-2019

Great listen

A really inspiring, entertaining book, and really fun narration. I love how her personality comes though with gusto. I've listened to it a couple of times, and will definitely pick up her next audiobook when it comes out!

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  • Abhejali
  • 31-08-2019

Very inspiring book with superb narration

I loved this book. First heard about Anna on Tough Girl podcast and was interested to listen to this audiobook because I just came back from New Zealand to run from north to south with the Peace Torch as part of the Peace Run relay. Although we ran on the roads to visit towns and schools, I loved it. Kiwis are really very very kind and Anna's description of her journey is very interesting, entertaining and inspiring. Her narration is superb and you can't help it but you are energised and inspired by her.

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  • Christina
  • 11-07-2019

Loved this book

I loved how she never downplayed her struggle or pain. If you are looking for inspiration here it is.

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  • C. A. Cameron
  • 06-06-2019

Grueling journey in perseverance, hilarity, pain

Our bookshelves and IPhones are being swamped with tales of adventures -- a refreshing amount by women, young and not-so-young -- who weave and wander thousands of miles about the world upon their feet, kayaks, skis and boots. This one I can proclaim as a certified favorite; just be aware that Ms McNuff, who records her memoir, will exclaim and proclaim about every minute of her six month journey running New Zealand south to north and in full English voice. An enthusiastic voice and spoken in tones so you will know exactly what she had been experiencing! :-) Be not afraid; it is who she is, she is courageous, hilarious, truthful, grateful and glorious in her vocal hugs of praise for all the Kiwi warmth and kindness with which she is embraced along the way is a decided plus.

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  • M
  • 20-02-2019

Best running book for inspiration

This book was so inspiring,!it had lots of humor and insights of the sometimes lone runner. The book inspired me to the point that when I do my long distance race this weekend, I will take everything in everything in a positive manner because being positive is a choice.

Love the narration, loved the book.

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  • Tobias Daniel
  • 11-02-2019

Great listen!!

Awesome adventure as told by the author, really entertaining. Really makes me want to get out and explore this wonderful world!!

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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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  • sarahbgoode
  • 14-11-2019

Take me with you!

Dear Anna,
Can I come on your next adventure, pretty please? I laughed and cried so much!

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  • v k king
  • 12-11-2019

Awesome!!!

I loved this book. Just finished and still a bit teary as both funny and touching. Massively inspiring and been checking out flights to NZ whist trying to work out if I can get away with taking the kids out of school for a few months for an adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2019

Inspiring<br />

Anna reads her own book with such enthusiasm you are drawn straight in and share her highs and lows. Not only a story of a run across New Zealand but one of facing your own challenges physically and mentally. She inspires you to go out and make your own adventures and conquer your challenges . fabulous.

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  • J.Sheridan
  • 24-10-2019

Inspirational audio book

I loved this book, listening to it on my long runs training for my first half marathon. I have always enjoyed travel and hiking but have recently become a ‘runner’ all be it a very slow one. Anna has kept me motivated with her humour and inspired by her persistence; I am up to 8 miles and might have to listen to it again to keep me going! I did have a tear at the end but as I was running in the rain I don’t think anyone noticed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2019

Superb

Inspirational stuff! Makes me wanna quit my job and fling on a backpack in search for adventure. Not sure how my wife and kids would feel about that! 😂
Would definitely recommend, 5 stars!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-2019

best audio book I've ever listened to

the narration in this book is amazing, the best I've ever heard. The story is great too. But the authors sense of humour is brilliant and the way she narrated it is 5 star. I think it will be the only audio book I listen to twice!

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  • Maria Gould
  • 10-10-2019

Fabulously read and a brilliant story!

Anna narrates the book brilliantly, her passion for adventure is contagious! Glass half full for sure! Brilliant story looking forward to more in the future!