I didn't run in high school or college. I felt that I was missing a whole bunch by not having been part of that culture. Need to be a life long runner from school to really enjoy this book.
While I appreciate the story and the subject and the performance - I've listened to so many others that I enjoyed even more. I would try another.
Nothing special. Somewhat predictable.
I've listened to over a hundred audiobooks. This one was not in my top 50%. But I wouldn't know that unless I completed it. So I would say yes.
I listened to this while running as I thought it was meant to be a classic running novel. It is, but mostly assuming that all runners are men. Where are the female athletes? I know it's of it's time, but the sexism is pretty blatant, and the female characters are thin and have no get up and go.
No. I would recommend the print version over the audio, although the audio is good.
There were a number of memorable moments and great quotable lines. While the plot is good, it's one of those rare books that is enjoyable even when it's just meandering along, a hallmark of good writing.
Patrick was okay, but I would prefer a different narrator.
No. I would compare it more to fine wine. A glass at a time, but not all in one sitting.
I would think an ex-elite runner, especially a middle-aged one, would absolutely love the book. It captures the essence of elite running in the 70s. From a political point of view, the author set up a few straw men and knocked them down, but that's okay.
Other books in this genre speaks more generally to the amateur runner or connects the elite runner to the everyday runner.
Okay i listened to the first 2 chapters and i nearly fell asleep while driving.