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What I Talk about When I Talk about Running Audiobook

What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age 50, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

Translated by Philip Gabriel.

©2007 Haruki Murakami; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone....An early section recounting Murakami's transition from nightclub owner to novelist offers a particularly vivid picture of an artist soaring into flight for the first time." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant meditation on how his running and writing nurture and sustain each other....With sparse, engaging prose....Murakami shares his runner's high." (Sports Illustrated)
"Provides a fascinating portrait of Murakami's working mind and how he works his magic on the page." (The Plain Dealer)

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    Jason Hogan 02-03-17
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    loved it! Haruki Murakami gets running and how to tell the story of what goes through the mind of the average long distance runner

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    julian 11-27-16
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    "great insight "

    love to hear about the philosophies of one of my favorite artists. very insightful and entertaining.

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    Karen Lehrer SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 11-25-16
    Karen Lehrer SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 11-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for runners"

    I was hoping for more information on Murakami, as I'm a huge fan. Great for runners.. This is about his relationship with running and it's discipline.

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    J. Sutton Providence, RI 11-22-16
    J. Sutton Providence, RI 11-22-16
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    "Fun and interesting"

    Provides a lot of insight into the author's world view and approach to writing novels. Made me want to get out my running shoes.

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    "Good, but repetitive..."

    Simple ideas expressed clearly the first time and confusingly thereafter... worth reading for inspiration and advice!

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    Michael Balsom Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada 08-04-16
    Michael Balsom Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor narration"

    Enjoyable musings on running, but I found the narrator to be arrogant and pompous at times.

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    Kevin 07-06-16
    Kevin 07-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good not great"

    The structure of the audiobook was good and the narration was fine. I love the topic and may be biased for it but even with that it didn't hook me. I enjoyed this book.

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    windsurfnerd 06-10-16

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    "loved it."

    the narrator's pacing was perfect and the story was beautiful!! the translation was excellent

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    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-31-16
    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2012

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    "great book"

    really one of the more memorable books I've listened too while running. I enjoyed the author take on his training, races, expectations and how it can all change with age.

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    Lori 05-03-16
    Lori 05-03-16 Member Since 2017

    Love books of all kind!

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    "Keeps me running!"

    I believed I could and after reading Haruki's memoir I found I could. Running is the great reset button in my life. It started with this book!

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