The story is one of the best, however, I would have much preferred a different narrator (I just felt like he wasn't a good fit for the age of the characters).
As a former college runner, I appreciate the author being so knowledgeable about the college running culture and telling Quentin's story in a fun and quirky way.
A college runner, actually. He would know better how to act the parts, and he would sound of the same age of the characters. It sounded like the narrator may have been a good 30 years older than these college boys. If not a college runner for the part, then at least someone who sounds more of the same character as Quentin Cassidy.
I like the title.
Such a runners cult classic. This book will be enjoyed for decades.
Also, there is a sequel to this book, which I started once but didn't finish, as at least the first several chapters aren't really running related. And I might say that although women could easily enjoy Once a Runner, the sequel seems to be more of a man's book (about fishing, war, etc).
Extraordinary book, and the reading makes it better. I use it to motivate me to consistency in every area of my life.
Bruce Denton's "introduction" in chapter 6 is really compelling. I think that the end captures everything about a race!
My favorite scene is probably the chapter called "Demons" where Cassidy tries to articulate what runner allows him to express. Don't let the title of the chapter fool you - it's a literary device.
When Denton says to Quenton at one point, "How nice for you to have arrived right on time." It's a beautifully poignant moment.
This is my first regretted purchase on Audible, not bad after 40 plus books. While the subject interested me, the narrator and the writer were less than I expected. I really should've listened to the sample more closely before this purchase.
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.