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  • Once a Runner

  • By: John L. Parker Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding!

  • By Rick J. Mitchell on 03-28-10

Into the mind of a runner

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

My son is an avid runner, and the insights offered by this novel are unparalleled. I enjoyed the opportunity to really get a glimpse into the running world and what he goes through. Incredible nuances, unique insights, accurate representation, and all wrapped up in a great story that even if you are not a runner, you will enjoy.

  • The Pursuit of Italy

  • A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
  • By: David Gilmour
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? These questions are asked and answered in a number of ways in this engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance - and weakness - of Italy today. David Gilmour's exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new take on Italian history

  • By Judas Mallory on 10-21-17

Good history: Tough Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The book itself was a reasonably thorough geopolitical history of Italy and provided a new understanding of what drives the country. While it often digressed into unnecessarily long detailed lists, it did provide insight into the evolution of the country. Foreign language quotes or words were not always translated into English, leaving the reader occassionally ignorant of the meaning. While I overall enjoyed the book, I found the narrator to be distractingly difficult to listen to. He infused every single sentence, right down to the end of book attributions, with overwhelming drama, grandious and pompous. He read with dramatic pauses after a word, a phrase, every 5 or 6 words, having absolutely nothing to do with the meaning or action of what he was reading. I am not sure he was paying any attention at all to the meaning. The book was good enough to put up with the narration.

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