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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Gerard
  • Wallan, Australia
  • 08-12-10

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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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 06-16-12

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Martin
  • greenville, NY, United States
  • 07-18-10

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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Not in a Class with "Once a Runner"

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book itself is the problem; no narration can save the basic material being narrated.

What could John L. Parker Jr. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I couldn’t listen past the first few chapters; frankly, I could see neither character nor plot development coming any time soon, if at all.

The book wanders endlessly and aimlessly (and not at all believably) around Quentin Cassidy’s psychological troublings. Boring descriptions of the Vietnam War; they seem to function solely as a vehicle to show off the author’s technical military knowledge. Gratuitous vulgar language.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was satisfactory.

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

Disappointment. Very few sequels/prequels live up to the strength of the original work, and this book definitely exhibits that problem.

Any additional comments?

If you are, have been, or want to be a runner, read “Once a Runner.” It never loses its grit and hold on you.

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Third time listening to this one. Love it.

Love the story, love the characters, love the details runners will only get, love the descriptionsI'm and the dialog, love the performance. At once intelligent, articulate, scientific and witty. Classic book. I'm sure I'll visit again in a couple of years. BUT START with Once A Runner

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Worth multiple readings

The sequel to Once A Runner, like the original, is worth multiple readings. Parker is a gifted storyteller and there are morsels of wisdom, especially for runners of all abilities, within the pages. It takes quite a few chapters to get into the running saga of Cassidy's quest, but it's worth the delayed gratification. Parker is witty and his vivid, detailed prose brings the story to life. I've both read and listened to this book, both are worth the time. I've especially enjoyed listening while out running, and likely will do it with this and other Parker books.

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I'm a sucker for JLPjr.

The rightful conclusion to the trilogy, Same tone and detail. Loved the others the best.

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The right stuff

All the things you expect in a a John L Parker Jr. novel. The pains of training intertwined with lots of family backstory. And of course a climactic race. Definitely should be read after Once A Runner and Racing the Rain. Highly recommended.

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  • Jonathan
  • Franklin, PA, United States
  • 01-11-16

Just finished listening to it again!

I just finished listening to all 3 books in this series by John L Parker for a second time. I listen while I run, and I love all three stories. Having grown up running in the pine scrub forests of central Florida BD (Before Disney), I can see Parker's vivid characters and scenes in my mind's eye. As an older runner coming out of rehab, I can relate to the main character's longing to get back in the game. It's not all sunshine and roses. The hardships and the challenges are what make the story compelling. Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job narrating all three books. An awesome series. Now I want to start all over again.