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  • Nowhere Near First

  • Ultramarathon Adventures from the Back of the Pack
  • By: Cory Reese
  • Narrated by: Cory Reese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Nowhere Near First

By: Cory Reese
Narrated by: Cory Reese
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Summary

Long before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: He knew how to suffer.

In Nowhere Near First, Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest.

Nowhere Near First is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allows listeners a unique perspective into the challenges and rewards of running, but it also inspires each of us to turn tragedy into triumph.

“Cory Reese writes with humor, humbleness and honesty. His story is both uplifting and real, and his tales of persistence and perseverance are sure to inspire, whether you’re at the front of the pack or nowhere near first. Regardless of the title, this book’s a winner!” (Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)

“Cory Reese’s book, Nowhere Near First, is an immensely entertaining and profoundly educational story about overcoming challenges to forge a meaningful life. Reese’s story is must-read for people looking to find meaning and purpose in modern-day society.” (Karl Hoagland, publisher, UltraRunning Magazine)

“Cory has penned a very personal account of overcoming hardship in his personal and athletic life. Nowhere Near First tells his story of perseverance and survival in a vivid, down and dirty way that peaks with his extraordinarily positive way of looking at life.” (Marshall Ulrich, author of Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America)

©2016 Cory Reese (P)2018 Cory Reese

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Painful Narration

Not the most exciting books by any means and narrator is shocking. Talks about 'running' 100 mile ultras in 30hrs (that's walking pace), taking photos of himself jumping all the time and uses Forrest Gump one liners. Really painful listen and would return it if I could. :-(

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I enjoyed the content of this book but found the same tone all the way through quite difficult

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  • Nicole
  • 05-12-18

Narrator was TERRIBLE

THE STORY WAS GOOD. The writing is funny but the narrator was emotionless and monotone. It's too bad because it could have been GREAT. the narrator sounds like Stephen Hawkins' computer.

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  • Roxanne Conroy
  • 11-07-18

holy.cow.

What can I say other than, my entire perspective on running has changed. Thanks, Cory. I'm encouraged in my own journey.

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  • Ashley Michels
  • 10-02-19

HE WROTE THE BOOK!

It had good stories, but was so dry. I don't understand how the person reading their story sounded like he was reading it for the first time. No voice fluctuations or emphasis in any way.
The humor was geared towards middle aged housewife contemplating being bad and having a 3rd glass of wine.
I was expecting a little more from this book and found myself thinking of preciously read books on my long runs, rather than listening intently.

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  • Chrystall Ladlee
  • 25-07-18

Hilarious and Relatable

I’m nowhere near fast or first and just enjoy the experience. It’s encouraging to read a book from someone in the back of the pack too. I love that the author doesn’t take himself too seriously and really enjoyed the stories about friends, family and even strangers getting involved in his race experiences.

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  • Bleem Family
  • 27-05-19

Back of the pack runner.

totally worth my time and attention. I loved hearing from a regular guy doing regular running struggles in epic Ultra runs and getting them done. all too often we read or listen to the elites and all their accolades versus the stick-to-itiveness and Truth that comes from Cory. Love to meet him some day if I'm ever in Utah or maybe I'll bump into atta ultramarathon or rim to rim to rim. hey Corey what are you doing then September 2020?

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  • missy is awsome
  • 06-02-19

Fun and motivating! I’m so glad I gave this a try!

I didn’t know what to expect with this book and I ended up really liking it!
At first I had to get past how the author reads out loud. I’ve been listening to so many professionally read books that I took their talent for granted!
Either way this Audiobook is still worth listening to. I liked his training stories and especially loved hearing about how he influenced his family to run and train with him too!
I’m signed up for my first 30k and 50k and my perspective has switched from “I can’t do this, what was I thinking “ to “just have fun and enjoy the process of training and running the trails”

Thanks Cory for writing this book!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

useful if you plan to do an ultra

having done 1 Ultra, Cory is correct. his assessment of what its like is spot on. it takes me back to my 24 hr race and forward to my eventual next race. the pain and mind set are captured well here.

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  • Gomer44
  • 19-07-18

An engaging story.

Loved the story.
Corey speaks openly about his personal experience with running ultras. Just wish he spoke a little more quickly . Listen at 1.25 and you will be fine.


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  • ColoradoFlyGuy
  • 31-10-21

Not the best running book out there.

I love listening to people push themselves, their why, their story while on my runs while listening to their stories. I find them inspirational. This was a very hard listen though. From time-to-time my wife would be in the truck with me or catch snippets while I listened out loud. And after a couple of time she asked what on earth was I listening to, I felt a little embarrassed in a lighthearted way with the content she heard. I struggled to find specifically why this book (she always catches snippets of other books I’ve listened to) and I love to share their story, and she loves to dip in and out, but with this I couldn’t find anything truly inspiring about it. The lists he would reel off that he ate on a run mixed with his monotone voice had me questioning would my ears ever forgive me “a Twinkie…..a Mountain Dew……a slice of pizza…… cookies…….. a handful of cookies……. Another Twinkie…….diet Dr Pepper……..and so on. The only true benefit is that it’s only a little over 5 hours so I obviously finished it faster than my other running books. Ultimately, if you are looking to burn a credit on something before you freeze your audible account, sure give it a shot, but if your looking for a truly great book please use that credit on born to run, can’t hurt me, finding ultra, or other books.

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  • D. Reeves
  • 24-08-21

Incredible!

I’ve read many of the more popular books on running but this is the best! Cory Reese gives a sincere and very real perspective for those of us who aspire to take on the challenge.