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Publisher's Summary

Raven Kraft has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him - many of them hundreds of times. From all 50 states and dozens of countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, they come to run with Raven, and in the process find friendship, inspiration - and a nickname.

Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over 1,000 miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven - and why they keep coming back. Taxman, an accountant in his mid-60s, has done 1800+ runs. Dizzy, a middle school principal from Cuba, met his wife and his best friend on Raven Runs. Butcher, an ex-convict, credits Raven with saving his life.

In an uncertain world Raven shows up, no matter what. Quirky and appealing, tenacious and magnetic, Raven is a legend of the running world. As he says, "I may be the only thing that hasn't changed around here in the last 40 years." Laura Lee Huttenbach reveals how one man's daily ritual has blossomed into an uncanny gift for weaving people together - and an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way.

©2017 Laura Lee Patterson Huttenbach (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Triumph over peril

Running with Raven tells an incredible story of a man who chose to straighten out his life, where when so many others in similar circumstances choose a life of emptiness. Raven has listened to this version of the book and asserts that Ms. Ryan, does his voice/and intent a lot of justice. As I've now listened to it twice, I contest it's one of the finest books on redemption I've read. Knowing that Raven is still alive and well, and is still running daily, makes this story even more powerful.

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Must read for runners!!

I really enjoyed the story of Raven. My long runs didn't seem so bad after listening how this man has ran eight miles everyday for the last 43 years. He's had some good times and some really bad, but through it all kept his word on eight. Very inspiring! So much to me in fact, I gotta run with Raven soon.

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A Must Listen for New and Veteran Runners

What did you love best about Running with Raven?

Inspirational story that encouraged me keep my own 3-year daily run streak going. While I haven't run the 8 yet, I feel like I was down there with Raven and his motley cast of characters. In a world of fake/bad news, this was an uplifting book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with Raven?

Learning about the struggles that life threw at Raven and how this run became his way of bringing a little control to life.

What does Allyson Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great emotion and voice work with many colorful characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Life to Run

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Highly recommended for h.s students on life lesson

Would you listen to Running with Raven again? Why?

Having had the honor of running with raven a few months before the book coming out. Listening to the book while running allowed me to relive the inspiration of running with Raven and hearing his stories and gain a true understanding of his accomplishments. As someone that believes running is the greatest treatment for mental health and the other principles Raven lives by such as consistency, and honoring your word. I believe this book should be ready by all high school students

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Amazing!

This great read highlightes the fasinating story of Robert Raven Kraft & many of those of whom hes come across during his journey

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Incredibly inspiring story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook for anyone who is looking to be completely uplifted and inspired by a story about the true meaning of commitment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Raven is an incredible and fascinating individual who cares deeply about his community and the people who he has crossed paths with.

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Raven has saved so many lives, has brought so many people together, has seen many people come into his life and then leave. This story is told so well and is an amazing tale of consistency, commitment, and tells of one man's passion for all people. It was an incredible experience to have read this book and then to run with him, meeting many of the characters and hearing first hand many of the stories. He really hasn't forgotten a single detail.

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Amazing true story. Well written, well read.

If you could sum up Running with Raven in three words, what would they be?

inspiring, unbelievable, true

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book centers around the Raven. His passion is amazing, but his pain is sobering.

What about Allyson Ryan’s performance did you like?

She puts life and individuality into a range of characters, each unique.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Raven runners discussing the severe pain and anguish in continuing the streak each day.

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An average man can change thousands of lives by a single daily act that repeats for more than 40 years. However, in creating this community, he has to endure severe, unimaginable pain in order to lead the run. It's an amazing true story; the Raven is a living legend.