I run occasionally, but wouldn't consider myself a "runner," yet still greatly enjoyed this book. Murakami's style is straightforward--more like a conversation than his occasional stylistic excesses. Also, goes far beyond running into its relation to writing and life in general. I'd recommend it, even if you're not a fan of Murakami, as it is not a typical book for him. It's easily accessible and enjoyable.
I haven't been on and off with running for years. One of my mentors is an Ironman triathlete and I had tried to follow his footsteps in vain. During my flight to San Francisco, I listen to this book. Once I landed, I was convinced that I need to make running part of my life routine. Everybody know or heard about benefit of running, but Mr. Murakami's own story give me a very strong belief that any healthy person can run long distance, and that habit will make a person's life change in better direction.Now, I have been running at around 5km a day, 6 days a weeks for months. The distance is gradually increasing and I hope some day I will be able to run a half-marathon, and then a marathon. Until those days, I will keep running.
I haven't read the print version so I can't make an informed choice.
I liked how the running helped him become a disciplined writer and gave structure to his life.
One in which he noticed other regular runners in his running time/spot and befriends them in his mind.
Why is it that I cannot get enough Zombie Books?
memoir. only one real character
no I haven't
yes it was
will listen to it again and again.
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.