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  • Running

  • A Love Story
  • By: Jen A. Miller
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

As the 2008 recession hit, Jen quickly found herself with a newly purchased home, a fading freelance business, and an alcoholic boyfriend. To avoid slipping into an even deeper depression, she took to the streets. What started as a silly assignment (running and reporting on a 5k) soon became an obsession (running 50+ miles a week training for marathons). Running gave Jen focus, discipline, and a way to block out negativity; it gave her the confidence that her relationships with men never had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ironic title

  • By Leslie on 05-03-16

Writing seemed childish & didn't flow for me.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I purchased the audiobook after listening to an NPR segment they had with the author introducing this book. I tried to like it, but got to chapter 3 - and I just had to stop. I wanted a book about love & running, not about the author's everyday life in high school & college sorority. I had to roll my eyes every time she mentioned her high school softball team and her multiple scholarships (which were a lot). Then, all of a sudden, she starts running? The lackluster, long set-up and the sudden switch to her 5-k race-day was really oddly written, so I just gave up. Such a shame! I really did want to like this book after listening to Jen's interview.

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