Livin, Lovin Life; especially at the beach...
Unique, interesting and informative...
I liked it
An intriguing story and one that offers a unique perspective on running, marathons and USA
Enjoyable if not intended to be motivational - a sound and interesting story
Running, Growing Old, Philosophy for Life
The author is definitely a serious long distance runner, but he is also definitely not a professional. I believe many people fall into this category. The author works this type of amateur long distance running into a philosophy for life.
No. The book is repetitive at times and I thought it could use some better editing.
I am a fan of Murakami's fiction, but this book would appeal to anybody.
I'm currently training for a marathon and is this is the perfect audio book to listen to. Murakami is humorous and quite insightful!
This is the first Murakami book I read, and as a fellow runner I enjoyed his narrative. I also enjoyed his writing style so much that I have purchased some of his fiction, which I also have enjoyed.
I have never read any other books by this author. He appears to be a professional author who is writing this book as a hobby about his hobby. I can best describe the book as a lazy Sunday summer afternoon reading outside in the shade after a hard Saturday training run.
Happiness is a good book!
It is a good motivation book for running, traveling, starting a new business or just risk taking in general. It is amusing to listen to. I liked it.
An interesting perspective; if you don't exercise or run, I would probably pass. If you do run, it is a good book to listen on a long run. Good memoir, but is not going to give you any incites on running better.
I actually listened to this book as I ran. It was interesting to listen to something that was connected to what I was doing. In actual fact I'm really a cyclist and was training for a Triathlon and someone at an airport suggested I pick this up. Lots of great little bits about running and how this author reacts to it. This not teach you how to run , but it certainly gives you a perspective from this authors point of view.
Dianne in Canada
Yes, this was really boring. I kept listening trying to figure out if there was any point to his story. But it wasn't a story it was more like the ramblings from someones diary, or even more boring you could say it was someone writing because he thought what he had to say was worthwhile. I had to skip a couple of chapters but eventually managed to get to the end. Good thing it was a shorter book. If you want an autobiography type of story about an athelete try Lance Armstrong's books - they are good! This one is not that good.
I found this essay interesting and thoughtful; it is probably more interesting if you are a runner, or have read some of Murakami's other novels. Some of his phrases are quite beautiful and I found most of the book interesting.