I have been listening to (and publishing ) audiobooks for years. I’m going to start reviewing the books about running, and runners, that I’ve listened to since I started my own trek toward marathon. I’m going to start with this one because – after Born to Run, it was the first one that I found – and because I enjoyed it so much.
In Running with the Kenyans, author/journalist Adharanand Finn tells the tale of how he took his wife and two young daughters and moved to Kenya for the purpose of trying to discover just why Kenyas are so dominant in the world of distance running. Finn was convinced, from his own experiences and research, that running barefoot from a young age was the secret. What he learned during his time in Kenya was that there is always more to the story. He ran in races. He ran with all sorts of athletes. He formed a team, and they ran a marathon through a game perserve where helicopters were necessary to keep lions off the trail. He got faster.
There are a lot of interesting lessons in Running with the Kenyans, and not all of them have to do with shoes, races, or running style. If you visit THE AUTHOR’S FACEBOOK PAGE you will see that he made friendships that will last him a lifetime… and that he still works to raise money and awareness for those who shared his road.
There is also a page where you can visit to help support the lions on that game preserve. Keep your eyes here on Badass Running because we may (at some point) do an event, or a virtual event, to add our own support.
If you enjoy audiobooks, I highly recommend this one. It is narrated by the very talented Mr. John Lee, who has been acting and narrating for a very long time, and who adds his own flair to the production. Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass your own solitary miles, and I can tell you that, while listening to the part where the author ran his marathon in the game preserve, I was running my own difficult miles…for a while it seemed as if was actually there….
Rating – five of five runnings shoes. Highly Recommended.
You can find this auidobook HERE – at AUDIBLE.COM
You can also get the print and Kindle editions on Amazon.com