Again to Carthage

Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Series: Once a Runner, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Quenton Cassidy thought he had left his athletic career far behind as he built a successful professional career in south Florida. But as several personal tragedies and the wear and tear of life began to weigh upon him, he wonders if perhaps he hasn't given up a special part of his life too soon. His return to the world of competitive running is dramatic and revelatory to both the protagonist and the listener, as is his desperate, all-out attempt to make on last Olympic team.
©2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2010 John L. Parker Jr.

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Again to Carthage

Along with Once a Runner this book Again to Carthage has insights in what makes a runner tick that only another runner will ever know. By that I`m talking about those of us who define ourselves by that name who come to life at the mention of it and never need to be asked twice to go training.There are chapters in this book that made me cry tears of joy as i tooled along one of my regular bush tracks as i heard what could have been my own words in how i described myself and what running meant to me. I felt myself becoming Quinten because i felt the same. I am an Ironman legend triathlete and a 30 time marathoner I am an undertaker of the difficult task, and the book enunciated perfectly. In the chapter of the marathon trials i felt and knew like an old friend every step, every feeling and emotion that Quinten had and Johns description of that was perfect for me. If you want a book about races splits times and results then read something else. This book is a continuation of the life and the real meaning of what a real runner feels and dreams about. In short to put in the effort he did demands a committment to running that trancends a race or a result. It is something much deeper than that. It is a book about looking into your heart and soul. I have it on my iPod and this book as well as Once a Runner are now my constant companions as day after day i take the miles of trials and trials of miles.

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a relevant sequel

I read Once a Runner years ago when I was in High School and it was a great narrative to motivate me at the time. Now that I'm graduated from College, I liked the way Parker brings you through what it's like to have "commitment issues" with your running and get back into the sport.

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Sadly not even close.

I loved Once a runner, listened to it 3 times. I fell a sleep more than once during Carthage, boring, boring boring. Should have quit whilst he was ahead.

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Don't do it!

If you are thinking of purchasing this book and expect it to be about running with many motivational passages about training or racing.... don't do it! If you expect to read a story about an inspirational comeback to make you feel good.... don't do it! If you expect to be entertained with pages full of interesting characters and stories.... don't do it! If you expect to laugh, cry, applaud or anything other than yawn.... don't do it! That being said, if you can't possibly find any other book on which to completely waste a credit.... do it!

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Eerily Insightful

I've been a runner my whole life. this whole series has so many parallels to my life it's eerie. at this point in my life this book has a lot of my own mentality built into it. Everything about the performance of this book was great. it's a great one to listen to while on a long run!

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Great ending to this series!

I am not a runner (or any type of athlete), but I have loved all three books in this series. This time we get to meet more of the family and a different location, but the same loveable Cassidy.

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Worth a listen

There aren’t a ton of fiction books on running. This is one of the better ones I’ve heard.

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Story was painful

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I had to stop at the halfway point, and I'm not one to give up, but this was horrible.

Would you ever listen to anything by John L. Parker Jr. Jr. again?

Not sure I would. I read the first book, "Once a Runner" without listening to it, but this was rough.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Really disappointed.

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very good

very good story and I loved it alot I will be reading it agine soon

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Runners beware 😉

Enjoyed this almost as much as Once A Runner. But in a different way. Hope you do too!