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5.0 out of 5 starsInspirational, validating, perspective changing must read!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! As the reader, I felt as though I was right there with the main character due to the way the author described his journey through sounds, thoughts, sights and feelings. You don't have to be a musician or a runner to truly appreciate this book. Any person who has been through times of perserverance, self-doubt, fighting negative thoughts, and feelings of failure will feel validated that they are not alone. The big take home message is at the end of the day, happiness is a choice regardless of your situation. Great, uplifting book! Highly recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 starsPleasant emotional roller coaster
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
I was surprised the book was written in third person. It was a pleasant surprise. I pictured a cartoonish Mitch the whole time. It was amazing to feel his beautiful soul and his love for Dylan transcend the pages. I was happy, sad, I cried, I laughed. I had so many emotions just like when I hear his music. This a great gift to all fans.
I found Mitch Aldens book AWESOME, and super motivational. I love his dedication to running, music and his love for his wife and fur child Breeze. I find Mitch's book very detailed in all aspects, his mind is amazing with detail. I'm very much (hint- hint) looking forward to his next book, and many running adventures together if our schedules ever collide.
5.0 out of 5 starsInspiration to get up and do more!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2015
As a friend of the author, I'm a bit bias when it comes to writing this review.
That being said, this is a great read. It is full of personal and honest thoughts from the mind of one of the nicest people to walk/run this planet. He perfectly blends the world of running with the world of music in a way I didn't expect.
If you have a creative bone in your body, be ready to be inspired to get up and go for a run or to create something new. If Mitch can do what he did during the time covered in this book, we have no excuse.
And one final thought that I must share is there is a special chapter told by his beloved dog Roo. This chapter alone makes the book worth the purchase price. It made me laugh and tear up a bit as I had the pleasure of meeting this special furry friend while they were still with us.
I was Mitch's high school English teacher in his junior year on Long Island. He graduated in 1987. I, of course, am partial when a former student asks me to read his/her book. MUSICAL MILE, however, presented me with a different challenge. It was about running,( marathons no less) and a type of music that for me was foreign territory. Basically, I'm lethargic and a lover of classical music. So, I was a bit leery as to what my reaction would be to a different world
As began reading, my first impression was, "Wow! This kid can really write !" I was caught up by the sensitivity of his impressions and the accuracy his images. His relationship to his subjects was simply poetical. But then something dawned on me. I didn't have to run to appreciate his total dedication, to and love for this sport. I could simply sit and envy his obvious devotion and drive in attempting to give it his best. The music was an easier solution. He had given me a CD of his music, and here I could easily become part of a world that he had created that was not only true to life, idealistic and poetically explosive, but equally impressive was a voice that without effort pierced through the center of his lyrics. Here was an honest direct and true artist.
As all good books, this one transformed me, changed my outlook on things, and made my life just a bit richer. Mitch and I met a few weeks ago after all these years, and I have to say, and here I will admit to total bias and pride, the man and the writer are one and the same.
George Blouin/Auburn Maine
P.S. I will be attending his concert this summer when he sings in Auburn. My advice? Go into Mitch's world !
5.0 out of 5 stars"Be Happy" ...and read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2015
Inspirational. Uplifting. Mitch's story of what it means to "LIVE" is a story all will enjoy and hopefully learn from. It's a fun story to read, and will make you smile throughout. Mitch's life decisions are those many of wish we had the courage to take. Mitch's struggles in this book were all because of his decisions both short and long term. For the most part this is not a story of someone struggling with unexpected life events(illness, death, nature's wrath, etc.), but rather the struggle, pain, and self-doubt and the subsequent victories from fighting through all that were because of Mitch's choices. Choices, which many of us wish we had taken at some point in our lives, until our often more practical selves or the contrarian in us took down a different path. Hhe tells a story of how important "happiness" is in our lives, despite the sometimes struggle to remain in "our happy place". Mitch is always confirming that happiness every day! So get some happiness in your life and start by reading this book! ...you may even become a long distance runner after reading this book!