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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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.
If you are training and logging lots of miles, buy this and listen to it while you run. Over and over, if you are like me. I feel like old Doc Cole is running with me, advising me. Sometimes the storyline is too good to be true. There are moments of cheesiness. As a professional (magazine) writer myself, I have a generally low tolerance for cheese. But this is so enjoyable that I cannot fault the author. I would have it no other way. I have read and listened to hundreds of novels and have always had a tough time naming a favorite. Wally Lamb, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan—these are among my favorite authors. But Flanagan's Run is a personal favorite all-time book. Probably because I also am obsessed with running, but even for a non runner, this is a wonderful, fun, somewhat-historial piece of fiction.
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Some of the historical references seemed to be a bit of a stretch, but they added interest and did not sap the overall strength of the story.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.
As a runner I loved this book, I think non runners will enjoy it also, although fiction it is based on an actural race and is an entertain listen.
He is AMAZING! I mean, the accents are spot on, and he even sings. HE SINGS..He is THE most talented performer I have listened to yet.
This is a unique story and I HIGHLY Recommend this book
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