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What I Talk about When I Talk about Running Audiobook

What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running, and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon.

Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age 50, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

Translated by Philip Gabriel.

©2007 Haruki Murakami; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone....An early section recounting Murakami's transition from nightclub owner to novelist offers a particularly vivid picture of an artist soaring into flight for the first time." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant meditation on how his running and writing nurture and sustain each other....With sparse, engaging prose....Murakami shares his runner's high." (Sports Illustrated)
"Provides a fascinating portrait of Murakami's working mind and how he works his magic on the page." (The Plain Dealer)

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    David Ward 07-28-15
    David Ward 07-28-15
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    "Starts strong finishes slow"

    The beginning promised much in the way of the inner voice of the runner - and the comparison between running and writing seemed as though it might reveal some significant insights. As the book progressed, I got the feeling of being stuck on a long run with a companion self-obsessed about detailing his superiority for the fact that he laces on some running shoes and thinks that it's compelling for one to hear about all the little things that bothered him in life.

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    Jeffrey 07-19-15
    Jeffrey 07-19-15
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    "I Love Murakami"

    I've read every single book and short story of his, it's nice hearing the life behind the text.

    In regards to the audiobook itself, I enjoyed listening to this man's voice. Very soothing and perfectly paced.

    If you love Murakami, you'll love this book, as you'll learn more about him. If you have no previous interest or admiration for him, I would recommend you read a novel or short story by him first and then come here.

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    Luke 07-14-15
    Luke 07-14-15
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    "The bomb"

    A wonderfully honest tale of self realization and intentional goal setting applied to both running and writing novels.

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    Amonite 07-11-15
    Amonite 07-11-15

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    "I'm not a runner and I love Murakami"
    What made the experience of listening to What I Talk about When I Talk about Running the most enjoyable?

    I love Murakami, so when I saw this book (after finishing Kafka on the Shore) I wanted to know him a little more as an author, and that's definitive what happened. There are some parts that weren't of interest since I am a non-runner, but it made me connect with him as an author much more! I really enjoyed it, short and sweet!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray is an excellent reader, his voice is very pleasant and natural!, I really like his work in this piece.


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    roy coates 05-23-15
    roy coates 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice bio"

    listened non stop, good book well spoken narrator and writer. after born to run nothing measured up

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    Matt S. Ohio USA 04-21-15
    Matt S. Ohio USA 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mildly Depressing"

    As a runner who recently turned 40, I'm able to related to many of the observations here. That said, I came away with very little inspiration or positive messages from this one. While there's much passive acknowledgement that positive EXISTS and the author is thankful for the experiences, the majority of the words seem to dwell on inevitable disappointment associated with aging.

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    paddleride 04-08-15
    paddleride 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok"

    It was ok, but not what I expected. I download audiobooks for 15+ mile trail runs. It was just ok.

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    Maria 03-16-15
    Maria 03-16-15
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    "Perfect motivation and philosophy"

    The must piece of art to be read/ listened. Each time i find smth new and deep in this novel.

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    Christina 02-05-15
    Christina 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Straightforward, brief memoir"

    I was underwhelmed with this book. :(. I might be the only person... He presents very relatable experiences and is very humble but the book was not particularly thrilling or interesting. It was a straightforward brief memoir about the author and his endeavors in running.

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    Steve 01-24-15
    Steve 01-24-15
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    "So much more than I expected"

    I already know the worst day of my life. It is the day that Haruki Murakami does one of two things; dies, or stops writing.

    Even something that I had absolutely no interest in, he can write about it in such a fascinating, emotionally profound way, that I'm instantly engaged.

    Buy it, read it, you'll enjoy it.

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