During the Depression, the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months. The American sports establishment, however, is desperate to crush what it sees as a professional challenge to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Every day is therefore a struggle for survival, for Flanagan himself as well as the runners. Flanagan’s Run is an epic tale, and a testimony to the strength of the human spirit.
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Storyline and history combined
Never knew what crazy thing they'd end up in next.
Doc cold then Kate Sheridan
Long but worth it. You really know characters by the end.
I started listening to this book 3 or 4 times but when I finally got past the beginning, and became engaged with the characters I slowed down once more, worrying about the characters and how they all would come out in the end. it engaged me enough that I looked up the factual events that inspired this book. the reading was superb and I was often amazed the readers ability to pull off such a vast amount of accents... and pulled them off well! this book was amazing, a classic in my opinion.
On your marks, get set, go! And I was off and running for 16 wonderful hours. How is it possible that this book is so unknown. It was utterly charming, compelling, riveting, suspenseful, uplifting . . . . I could go on and on. I adored the characters - with a special love for the enduring Doc Cole and the unapologetic Charles Flanagan, and the ever feisty Kate Sheridan. The weaving through of historical figures of the 1930s - like Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover gave this book a E. L. Doctorow feel, combined with Steinbeck-ian prose and P.T. Barnum hoopla.
A full review is not complete without RAVES for the narrator - Rupert Degas. This band of merry travelers, diverse and multi-cultural, was performed masterfully by a single man, doing justice to each character's unique personality. Even singing Scottish folk songs as the story unfolded. Bravo!
An enjoyable story that could easily be made into a movie. It's a little corny at times but that does not bother me and does not detract from a good storyline. Well narrated.
Or maybe a mini series.
Great cast of characters and sub-plots, great period detail, great landscapes, great entertainment.
And a genuine love of long distance running runs throughout.
This is a well written well researched book that is very entertaining. The many characters are well developed and the narration is very well done. I only wish Tom McNab had more books on Audible.
Vivid, epic, compelling.
I liked its intelligence, the way it captured the times, and the way it made you care about the characters.
This is the first time. After listening for a few minutes I was convinced it was an ensemble cast. Degas's narration voice is very easy to listen to and he has great dynamics. His versatility if excellent and he handled all of the voices very well and very consistently. I have heard many good performers, but he has been the best so far. Looking forward to another by him.
Some of the historical references seemed to be a bit of a stretch, but they added interest and did not sap the overall strength of the story. Glad I listened.
Before I listened to this book, I read reviews that said it was a good book for runners. I dismissed that because it wasn't a manual, it was a novel, and I'd like to read about runners more than, say, football players.
So glad I did. I never lost interest, never thought that if I were reading it off the page, I'd be skipping this part. The reader is a genius at making the many voices fit the characters and be recognizable. The many characters are perfect. We learn why they want to run and then there's the deliciousness of them coming together and making the story.
These characters overcome a succession of obstacles that can't be predicted. They are people I'd love to know. The story is exciting and feels good.
Having lived in different parts of the country, it was interesting to read about their trials and successes in those parts. Wholeheartedly recommend.
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