©2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2010 John L. Parker Jr.
If you are thinking of purchasing this book and expect it to be about running with many motivational passages about training or racing.... don't do it! If you expect to read a story about an inspirational comeback to make you feel good.... don't do it! If you expect to be entertained with pages full of interesting characters and stories.... don't do it! If you expect to laugh, cry, applaud or anything other than yawn.... don't do it! That being said, if you can't possibly find any other book on which to completely waste a credit.... do it!
Along with Once a Runner this book Again to Carthage has insights in what makes a runner tick that only another runner will ever know. By that I`m talking about those of us who define ourselves by that name who come to life at the mention of it and never need to be asked twice to go training.There are chapters in this book that made me cry tears of joy as i tooled along one of my regular bush tracks as i heard what could have been my own words in how i described myself and what running meant to me. I felt myself becoming Quinten because i felt the same. I am an Ironman legend triathlete and a 30 time marathoner I am an undertaker of the difficult task, and the book enunciated perfectly. In the chapter of the marathon trials i felt and knew like an old friend every step, every feeling and emotion that Quinten had and Johns description of that was perfect for me. If you want a book about races splits times and results then read something else. This book is a continuation of the life and the real meaning of what a real runner feels and dreams about. In short to put in the effort he did demands a committment to running that trancends a race or a result. It is something much deeper than that. It is a book about looking into your heart and soul. I have it on my iPod and this book as well as Once a Runner are now my constant companions as day after day i take the miles of trials and trials of miles.
I read Once a Runner years ago when I was in High School and it was a great narrative to motivate me at the time. Now that I'm graduated from College, I liked the way Parker brings you through what it's like to have "commitment issues" with your running and get back into the sport.
I loved Once a runner, listened to it 3 times. I fell a sleep more than once during Carthage, boring, boring boring. Should have quit whilst he was ahead.
Among the best. This is better than Parker's once a runner
Trip to the Bahamas. Love the way it is arranged into stories about life
He did a good job narrating but I had a hard time realizing who was speaking in the story. His voice does not sound different when characters are speaking
Live your life like a clock
This is one of the best books of all time. An athletic mark twain and a 21st century Hemingway. The vocabulary is mental gymnastics.
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