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The Outrun Audiobook

The Outrun

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Publisher's Summary

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life.

As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

©2016 Amy Liptrot (P)2016 Canongate Books Ltd

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    wally 01-15-17
    wally 01-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow to Start But Picks Up Brilliantly"
    What did you love best about The Outrun?

    The narrator's recovery among her native Orkney islands. She made recovery a combo of hard work, being one with nature, and the healing power of the sea


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't grab me from the first - her alcoholism and downward spiral were dull and uninspiring. She told me nothing new. But her return home really picked up the pacing of the book. Counting the birds was terrific.


    Which character – as performed by Tracy Wiles – was your favorite?

    The narrator of course.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Life on the Orkneys. I may visit.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I want to start over at the beginning."

    I need to move to Scotland. it's settled. obviously an island. will need a snorkel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • jillian grant
    9/11/16
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    "Overall, a well written and read book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Outrun the most enjoyable?

    Hearing about the birds on Orkney and other islands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outrun?

    Can't think of 1.


    Have you listened to any of Tracy Wiles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Hearing about some of Amy's experiences with depression and some of her thoughts, I can relate to.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this book is well written and read and I found her journey to becoming and remaining sober interesting, but I found it a little boring at the end and I feel awkward saying that about a story that is actually real life.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    9/23/17
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    "An important listen, but a little haphazard"

    Dealing with an addiction is no mean feat, it's an illness as Amy Liptrot explains in this memoir where she battles alcoholism. Some of the incidents are truly horrifying, not because of what she does to herself, but more so what the illness does to her and as a result her life spirals downwards. And while that part I can truly engage with, the random long explanations about her newfound passions for astronomy, sea and bird life seems to go off in a tangent.

    You can definitely recognise her addictive personality manifesting in new hobbies, and obsessing in the same way. And at least that's healthier, but as a reader, I seemed to lose concentration on her rural lifestyle. Very good insight into mental health and addiction though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn
    Swansea
    9/13/17
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    "The Outrun"

    A fascinating, informative and very insightful book which could help anyone struggling with an addiction or just wanting a good read..

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    4/24/17
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    "Soothing"

    Wish I could of just kept listening. Let's you know life can be hard but it can get better.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • paper siskin
    6/1/17
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    "Uncompromising and beautiful"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A meditative evolution through addiction and regaining control. Beautifully written with its evocative prose, this book will resonate with the unhappy, recovering and anyone in search of where they belong.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Dickinson
    St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, VI
    3/15/17
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    "loved it"

    loved this book. amazing and beautiful. honest and powerful. restful and hectic. I'll miss listening to it.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • carol
    10/17/17
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    "A bit disappointed in the story"

    I found this book a bit tedious, and it was just one voice, without altering the narrative. this book is not for me, I listened up to chapter 16, and it was so boring for my tastes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    West Malling, United Kingdom
    9/28/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I wasn't sure how this would be but I loved it -the balance between the author's story of becoming sober,her childhood on Orkney,and Orkney now was perfect for me.It evoked very strongly the contrast between London,which feels like the archetypal city,and the island.
    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stylo
    9/26/17
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    "This book deserves its many awards"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outrun?

    There were many memorable moments. The most poignant was her period of living in London before deciding to give up alcohol.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it is very moving. I really appreciate her honesty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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