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Publisher's Summary

Marathons are no longer impressive.

Pain is to be relished, not avoided. 

Hallucinations are perfectly normal. 

Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest growing in the world. But is it an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illness? 

Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and from a 24-hour track race in Tooting to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 

The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.

©2019 Adharanand Finn (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Makes me want to run for days!!

Love audiobooks read by the author and this was no exception. At first the Authors' (Finn) voice is droll and unengaging. But the story slowly but surely draws you in you and before you know it you are fully engaged. If you have an interest in ultras, and/or trail running you will definitely enjoy this somewhat biographic tale of pushing the body too new levels, through grit, determination and a strong mind. The story also touches on the power of family and friendship and how these can keep you going when you believe you are exhausted and finished. The story ultimately speaks about why we seek out these great and somewhat crazy challenges in a modern world where we are more comfortable than ever before.

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Gut wrenchingly honest account

Fantastic book. Great narration. An honest and insightful account of the reality and challenge of Ultra running. Best I have read

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favourite book of 2019

great insight into the eorld of ultrarunning. has motivated me to pursue my own goals towards an ultra in 12 months from now.

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Great read

A really good read. Found it to be captivating and a very good story was being told

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A long book but an enjoyable one

This book is long, but so is an ultra marathon. I enjoyed listening to different stories throughout the book.

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Loved it from start to finish.

Loved the way it was written (the wry humour). Each chapter provided an interesting and unique look at the sport. It was thought provoking and inspiring.

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Brilliant 👏

One of the first books in a while that I genuinely didn't want to end. Finn has perfectly painted a picture of what to expect when delving in to the world of ultra. Stoked some fires and exacerbated some fears - that's for sure. Brilliant 👏

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inspiring

loved this book. so inspiring, such a great listen and a wonderful voice to listen to

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Now I know I'm not alone

Adharanand recounts his own remarkable journey through the dark recesses of mind, encountered on long and often lonely trails. Along the way he compassionately probes the quirky and surprisingly tender stories behind runners' successes and crushing defeats, in the iconic events culminating in an epic tale at the UTMB

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An honest account of an incredible journey

Loved listening to this, very well narrated and captivating! Great for those interested in running as well as psychology and philosophy

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  • 27-06-2022

Well-written story but didn't love narration

Reasonably well-written, for a professional journalist, but I couldn't past the author's meek, monotone voice. Added to the mispronunciation of Dan Ariely's name (not 'airily') and a couple of others I wasn't too sure of, all seemed to diminish the credibility of the storytelling. But one can't help but admire his effort in each race. Kudos 👍🏻

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  • Shay
  • 05-03-2022

Insightful and inspiring

I really loved this book. It read like a story but was hugely insightful. Some of the content around injury and injury prevention I had encountered in other books but this brought presented it in a different, more tangible way. So much so that I have enrolled in the Gary Ward online course!
The big take away from this and quite a few books/interviews/YouTube videos that I get is unless you are actually injured the battle is in the mind. Beside 'live in the moment' I have yet discovered how to build this mental fitness. My current limitations are far more modest at the half-marathon and a very slow plodding marathon but everybody has to find their own limit and we all need to start somewhere. That is the second thing I took from this highly enjoyable book.

Well worth the read.

Thanks for making me smile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2021

A book that will inspire you

I have listened to this book twice and I am sure I will listen to it again. On my long ultra trail races, I think of Finn and he motivates me to carry on. A great book, by a great writer.

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  • Slawek Sindrewicz
  • 28-02-2021

There are deeper books, but that's a very good summary of "all the feels" of an ultra runner

Sometimes it feels a bit like listening to the summary of the actual book, as what from a perspective of an ultra lasts for an eternity, here is described over 30mins. Yet all the key elements are there to show why ultra running is not just running over mountains. If you've ever run a ultra, you'll find all the moments here where you'll laugh out loud, cringe at recollection of your own memories, or shed a tiny tear remembering that one finish.

Well worth it to remind you why you've done all that ultra thing in the first place!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-2020

FFF - First From Finn

Absolutely compelling until the last chapter. Adharanand as he refers to himself lives the story and it feels like you get the opportunity to meet the author himself as he takes you through the struggles, defeats and triumphs in an epic listen for any person not only Ultramarathon fans.

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  • Salman A.
  • 02-07-2019

Ultra runner account

As a person whom ran these races, I find it very very very very boring

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  • 06-02-2020

Excellent writer; horrendous reader..

The story and the lessons within are well worth it. The price alas is paid not only by purchasing the book, but by having to listen for hours to the authors dreamy, monotonous, droning voice.

Every time he droned in about “something” “sumfink” and nothing” as “nuffink” I could have stabbed myself in the eye.

Don’t give up the day job chap. Stick with writing.

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  • Doc
  • 20-08-2019

Annoying narrator voice

Yes, I know the author is also the narrator but his accent is seriously annoying.

He does these weird stresses on the last letter of certain words followed by a strange pause and it really grates. The topic he's writing about is interesting enough so my coping strategy is to increase the speed to 1.5 which helps a lot.

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  • 12-09-2019

Great book performance lacks slightly

Book is great I did however nearly give up as the performance isn’t amazing but I’m glad I continued. Great read and great stories

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  • Debs M-C
  • 03-06-2019

Brilliant!

Loved this. I listened to this while running and often my mind drifts, but I was gripped by this. It’s not just for ultra runners. Perfect for anyone interested in endurance sports. So well researched, with lots of interesting facts and stories.

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  • simon
  • 25-09-2019

Very good!

It start out a little slow and I didn’t think I’d get to the end (that may be just me). But suddenly I found it really interesting & entertaining. A well written book and read well, unlike many an ultra running book!

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  • Fiona Brophy
  • 24-07-2019

Brilliant story, excellent narration

I went to run a 5k park run on Saturday. As I headed off on the first km I thought "maybe I could run 100, you just have to keep going, right?".
This book brought me along on a fantastic journey and as the wife of an ultrarunner I could relate to the struugles he went through along the way. I was gripped by the story and even gave up my usual morning podcast as I walked to work to hear what happened next.
If it was a paperback I'd say it was unputdownable! Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2019

Fantastic Finn gets to the heart of ultra running

A gripping story from the very start giving a firsthand insight into the world of ultra running.
Finn manages to weave the story of his own ultra running journey to the utmb, with interviews of elite ultra runners as well as taking on issues surrounding doping and ethics in sport. A must read/listen for me!

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  • A. Johnston
  • 08-09-2019

Lively and informative survey of Ultra running

Great mix of a personal adventure into the sport at same time as mapping out the main races, personalities and also some deeper questions on issues in the sport and possible future direction. The author comes across really well as open to new expierences, brave and respectful to the sport, the traditions and the mountains themselves. Looked fwd to hearing each new chapter. Great writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2019

Inspirational

The story from start to finish is inspiring, knowing that even the fittest people go through struggles us normal people do. To feel like you're almost there and despite the woes faced makes for an interesting listen.

Mr Finn delivers again.

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  • Ian
  • 14-08-2019

Motivational

I bought this book to give me some inspiration and movitation whilst training for a half marathon and it did not disappoint!
A great read, would definitely recommend!

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