Once a Runner is the story of Quenton Cassidy, a collegiate runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the political and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school's athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes' protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team.
Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life: a head-to-head match with the greatest miler in history.
This audiobook is a rare insider's account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners; an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man's quest to become a champion.
©2009 John L Parker; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The best novel ever written about running." (Runner's World)
Extraordinary book, and the reading makes it better. I use it to motivate me to consistency in every area of my life.
Bruce Denton's "introduction" in chapter 6 is really compelling. I think that the end captures everything about a race!
My favorite scene is probably the chapter called "Demons" where Cassidy tries to articulate what runner allows him to express. Don't let the title of the chapter fool you - it's a literary device.
When Denton says to Quenton at one point, "How nice for you to have arrived right on time." It's a beautifully poignant moment.
This is my first regretted purchase on Audible, not bad after 40 plus books. While the subject interested me, the narrator and the writer were less than I expected. I really should've listened to the sample more closely before this purchase.
I didn't run in high school or college. I felt that I was missing a whole bunch by not having been part of that culture. Need to be a life long runner from school to really enjoy this book.
While I appreciate the story and the subject and the performance - I've listened to so many others that I enjoyed even more. I would try another.
Nothing special. Somewhat predictable.
I've listened to over a hundred audiobooks. This one was not in my top 50%. But I wouldn't know that unless I completed it. So I would say yes.
I listened to this while running as I thought it was meant to be a classic running novel. It is, but mostly assuming that all runners are men. Where are the female athletes? I know it's of it's time, but the sexism is pretty blatant, and the female characters are thin and have no get up and go.
No. I would recommend the print version over the audio, although the audio is good.
There were a number of memorable moments and great quotable lines. While the plot is good, it's one of those rare books that is enjoyable even when it's just meandering along, a hallmark of good writing.
Patrick was okay, but I would prefer a different narrator.
No. I would compare it more to fine wine. A glass at a time, but not all in one sitting.
I would think an ex-elite runner, especially a middle-aged one, would absolutely love the book. It captures the essence of elite running in the 70s. From a political point of view, the author set up a few straw men and knocked them down, but that's okay.
Other books in this genre speaks more generally to the amateur runner or connects the elite runner to the everyday runner.
Okay i listened to the first 2 chapters and i nearly fell asleep while driving.
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