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  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

  • A Memoir
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,511

From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is what it says it is

  • By Rick on 03-10-09

Nice little book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I've never been a fan of Murakami and purchased this book only because it talks about running. Nevertheless, many times while the listening to it, I catch myself thinking of a person I know, who isn't crazy about this theme, but would appreciate the book. So, I would recommend this book to anyone as a good and thought provoking read.

  • 14 Minutes

  • A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life
  • By: Alberto Salazar, John Brant
  • Narrated by: Danny Pardo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The narrative follows Alberto's boyhood in New England, his rise to stardom at the University of Oregon, his dramatic victories in the New York City and Boston Marathons, his long malaise due to injuries, which resulted in a near-suicidal depression; his resurgence due to intense spiritual experiences and discipline; his close alliance with Phil Knight and the Nike corporation; and describes his numerous near-death experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible and Distracting Narration

  • By Mark on 06-04-14

Good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

While Serbians are definitely not Muslim(Bosnians are), otherwise it was a pretty interesting inside look into elite athlete's life and death and life. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in sport of running and in particular in this great and controversial coach.

  • Running with the Kenyans

  • Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His Curiosity is Contagious

  • By Sharlene on 01-28-13

Worth the read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Boring at times, but well worth it in the end. Only for runners, not running folks will find the book boring.

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  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Honest and moving story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-15

I would recommend this book to anyone who has kids, not only runners. Beautiful in its simplicity story, deeply touching.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Out There

  • A Story of Ultra Recovery
  • By: David Clark
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

David Clark went from the rock bottom of bankruptcy, addiction, and obesity to becoming an accomplished athlete. In this compelling story of his life, he not only shares his journey with complete honesty, but he also lays out a blueprint for change that anyone can use to redefine what is possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of ultra recovery

  • By med c on 08-06-15

Very honest book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-15

The most honest book on the subjects of addiction and ultra-running out there.
Great story and good narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Life Without Limits

  • A World Champion's Journey
  • By: Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee, Chrissie Wellington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chrissie winning, on repeat

  • By Mona on 03-13-13

Great motivational book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-15

I enjoyed it from the first to the last chapter. Her life and her accomplishments are incredible! I would recommend this book to not only those interested in sports, but almost anyone, as this book is so much more than just about sport.

  • Born to Run Barefoot?

  • Sorting Through the Myths and Facts of Barefoot Running
  • By: Chas Gillespie
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Two million years ago, Africa: A skinny, long-limbed creature who walks on two legs, can’t sprint, and has no weapons turns away from his under-nourished friends, and runs down a much stronger antelope. Dinner. Over succeeding generations, this creature evolves into one of the best distance runners on the planet: the human being. Yet in the age of modernity, we find ourselves unable to run without more than half of us suffering injury. This book looks at the injury epidemic in running and what the barefoot running movement believes are the causes of injury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but to the point.

  • By Mila on 07-20-15

Short, but to the point.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I liked the author's approach of the subject. Very useful tips at the end of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful