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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

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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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    Michael Balsom Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada 08-04-16
    Michael Balsom Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor narration"

    Enjoyable musings on running, but I found the narrator to be arrogant and pompous at times.

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    Kevin 07-06-16
    Kevin 07-06-16
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    "Good not great"

    The structure of the audiobook was good and the narration was fine. I love the topic and may be biased for it but even with that it didn't hook me. I enjoyed this book.

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    windsurfnerd 06-10-16

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    "loved it."

    the narrator's pacing was perfect and the story was beautiful!! the translation was excellent

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    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-31-16
    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2012

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    "great book"

    really one of the more memorable books I've listened too while running. I enjoyed the author take on his training, races, expectations and how it can all change with age.

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    Lori 05-03-16
    Lori 05-03-16 Member Since 2013

    Love books of all kind!

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    "Keeps me running!"

    I believed I could and after reading Haruki's memoir I found I could. Running is the great reset button in my life. It started with this book!

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    Michael 02-24-16
    Michael 02-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    inspirational to hear how running impacts a person in other areas of their life..awesome to say the least.

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    Sean Casey King of Prussia, PA United States 02-06-16
    Sean Casey King of Prussia, PA United States 02-06-16
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    "Stream of Consciousness"

    I'm a runner and a big fan of Murakami's novels, so I was excited to read this book. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't love it either. He meanders around a number of topics, injects race stories here and there, and does the usual introspection we'd expect, but the book lacks any real point or take-away. I can't recommend it.

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    Samuel Lareau 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book. Easy to listen too."

    I think every runner will enjoy listening to this book. Very well written and narrated.

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    Kindle Customer " this is planet earth" 11-09-15
    Kindle Customer " this is planet earth" 11-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Mens sana in corpore sano"

    Murakami- San's memoir prose is as honest, challenging, insightful and captivating as his fiction. Recommended even if you don't like running.

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    Jared 10-08-15
    Jared 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Helps understand your runner spouse :)"

    This book helped me understand my wife who is an avid runner. It was interesting to hear why they do it (or at least one or some of the reasons). It may even have motivated me enough to start running.

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