They said it could never be done. No human could ever run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1952, three amazing athletes begged to differ; English medical student Roger Bannister, Australian privileged son John Landy, and American farm boy Wes Santee. At a time when war raged in Korea and Edmund Hillary dared to scale Mount Everest, these three marvelous runners raced into the spotlight and stole the attention of a breathless world.
Dramatic, exciting, and gloriously reminiscent, The Perfect Mile is an endlessly fascinating tale of heroic achievement and a testament to the determination of the human spirit.
©2004 Neal Bascomb; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"Bascomb's excellent account captures all of the human drama and competitive excitement of this legendary racing event." (Publishers Weekly)
I always lean towards the non-fiction. Truthfully, some real stories seem stranger than fiction! I'm a bit of a political junky as well!
The shear pleasure I derived from listening to this book is difficult to express. Hearing each of the runners' stories, as they dug and clawed their way into sports legend was inpirational and astounding. Each with their own journey and path but each with the same destination. I found myself sitting a few extra minutes in the parking lot, driveway or side of the road just to hear a few more lines from the book (I listen to books in my car for the most part).
I literally did not want this book to end! I hear rumours of this book being made into a movie. I hope they take their time and care when casting this masterpiece.
I have listened to an audiobook everyweek for the last 5 years and this book is on my top 5!! Yeah, I know that Roger Bannister was the first to run the mile in 3:59:4, but this book leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering about the outcome. It makes you want to get off the couch and start running. It is inspirational, a great listen.
This is an excellent book, wonderfully read (as always) by Nelson Runger. The story is about three athletes who participated for the love of sport, not for money. While the story is uplifting, it is ultimately very depressing because it provides a sad contrast to today's athletes who are in it for the bucks. Highly recommended.
A fun thriller that is the true story of Roger Bannister and his colleagues. It is a Rocky-type sports story. I really enjoyed listening to this while running. (However not only I did I not crack a 4 minute mile, I probably didn't even crack 8.)
The story of 3 men, from 3 countries all striving for athletic perfection is a fascinating tale endurance, commitment, belief and inevitably achievement.
The story of Roger Bannister is etched in time, and being a Geelong/Melbourne Australia boy John Landy's achievements are just sowed into our running culture... yet I was completely unaware of Wes Santee before listening/reading this book.
I well written documentation of the journey towards a 4 minute mile, which was truly inspiring as I devoured this book on my iPod whilst out training for a marathon.
Even though I knew who broke the four minute barrier, I still was anxious to hear the outcome of each of these three runners.
As a coach, this book is so full of lessons to pass on to my athletes! Lessons like perseverance, no excuses, the importance of good sportsmanship, the ugliness of bad sportsmanship, self-sacrifice, and hard work.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever put on a pair of running shoes or watched any kind of race.
Learned many things about Bannister and Landy that I never knew. The author and narrator do a good job of keeping your interest. I would have to say one of the best books I have listened to this year. Right up there with Cinderella Man.
Being a runner, and being a fan of Olympic/amateur athletics, to me this was an increble listen. Well written and read, it is one of my favorite Audible listens to date.
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