My review might make you think Running With Kenyans was written for kids--if you don't have kids don't worry--the book is not a children's book. So please read on.
My son is a natural athlete loving all sports and in particular, he is an extraordinarily fast runner. He also is not a child who cares at all about Harry Potter. So mix those two things together and you have a mom trying to find a decent audio book on sports that is okay for an 8 year old, yet not poorly written (which many of the chapter books are--sorry but it's true). Somehow I got to Running With Kenyans in my search and I am very happy I did. Every night I read to the kids myself then put on an audio book for them to fall asleep. We also listen to audio books in the car sometimes. This book is read perfectly. The narration is top notch. The story unfolds slowly, and with an easy rhythm like that of the running he describes. I simply love his story and the way he told it and the way, in the end, John Lee narrrated it. I would end up lying down with kids and not leaving the room because I had to keep listening.
Usually when people say "a page turner" they mean intrigue and tension galore. With this book I wanted to hear what happened next but not in a stressful urgent way but because Adharanand's writing makes you feel like you are there with him. And that's a nice feeling. Like when you don't want to leave vacation. His curiosity is contagious and his self-reflection humorous and honest.
We have now listened to this book, frankly, if I say a number I am guessing. 5 times? When we've had a hard night, or life seems scary, my son picks this book over all others in our Audible for the soothing tale of learning how the Kenyans run, the people and this father, Adharanand Finn, on his own journey.
I found Jeffrey to be honest and candid in his reflections about his character. I can tell that he was moved by playing the part and forever changed--well he says as much in a better way than I. The production and Susie Bright were top-notch. I am glad to have something for my post-season come down!
The narration and quality of recording is top notch. Of course the story keeps you on the edge of your seat.
My 6 year old absolutely loves this book, movie and audio book. He can't get enough. I, at first, did not want to buy a short book with my credit but my son was like, "The Lorax! the Lorax!" so I caved in. Now I am quite happy we got it. And we certainly got our money's worth because we listen to it every night!
Anne Hathaway is SO GREAT at reading this amazing classic. She does so many voices for each and every character. Her narration brings to life the intrigue, the trepidation, the fun, the kindness, the curiosity, the friendships, the courage and plucky-ness of Dorothy and her cohorts on their journey.
I can't recommend it enough.
I have already recommended this book to many Spencer Wells fans from his books to his documentaries (The Human Family Tree and The Journey of Man). If you care about anthropology, DNA, culture, the past or the future then you will find this fascinating.
Now, Spencer, as someone who is captivated by your work, I ask that you get a director when reading next time that makes you "pump it up" a little with more energy as well as stay on the mic more.
I listen to many audible books and for some reason Spencer is not as loud as the others and I have to turn our little plug-in computer speakers as loud as they will go. Others with more savvy set ups will have NO problem.
That said, do not let that stop you from getting this book. It's great and we will listen to it again and again, especially as my children get a little older. I am even gifting it to 2 friends for the holidays.
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