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When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running. This book contains stories from runners, telling their stories to other runners about. running — how it has changed their lives, their bodies, and their spirits. Runners will love these inspirational stories of fellow runners challenging themselves, recovering from injuries, and staying motivated.

©2010 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A Little Too Litle

O am a runner and I bought this book to hear running stories. There were a few stories I really liked, some that were okay and some that didn't seem worth much. Overall I wanted more good stories.

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Not particularly inspiring, mostly boring.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

I haven't finished the audiobook because everytime I attempt to I find myself increasingly agitated by the stories and end up switching to another audiobook. The stories have been thus far almost wholly banal and often grating. The stories are about average people who hated exercising and then started running, and lo and behold, discovered despite themselves that they enjoyed it. This is the great insight from each story and gets boring quickly. They are the types of stories you expect to see in the pages of Self magazine or some other publication cashing in from the weight loss industry. But at least in those pages you'd get the fun of before and after pictures.

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Good listen to inspire me during my runs

What made the experience of listening to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie the most enjoyable?

I'm a novice runner and I found listening to this audiobook inspiring during my runs. I also liked that it wasn't a big deal if I 'spaced out' and missed out on part of a story as a new one would start in a few minutes. I didn't have to worry about missing an important plot detail.

What other book might you compare Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie to and why?

It's similar to all the other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. It was like Born to Run in terms of being a good book to listen to while running. Although Born to Run is a single story not a bunch of smaller ones, they're both great for runners.

Which character – as performed by Christina Traister and Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

Can't remember a favourite.

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

I liked the story about the boy who watched his father run and how that repeated itself with his own kids when he grew up. It made me hope that my running now will inspire my kids to be runners.

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  • Gerard
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 07-03-12

Runners are a Diverse lot

Where does Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I comes' in 3rd on my list

What did you like best about this story?

This is a short story collection from some elite athletes, middle of the packers like me, and one's from those who really let you know what overcoming obstacles is all about

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

I like writing myself and have a blog and this book has given me some direction.<br/>I listen to these audiobooks while I run instead of music and they just make the whole run a very enjoyable experience<br/>

Any additional comments?

Like all the others I have, I enjoy listening to them because I love running and it gives me a good feeling to know others have put pen to paper to record their feelings

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I really enjoyed this book

This book is a great motivational tool. I love listening to other people's stories on how they started running. If you are interested in running then there is no better way to find out more about the subject than listening to people tell their stories.

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Kind of disappointing

I was kind of disapointed in this book, because I have liked most of the Chicken Soup books. I just thought these stories tended to be more predictable than inspiring. I did like the story about running with geezers and the one about the blind runner's guide, though. They gave me a little bit of a different perspective.

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  • Tracy
  • Bloomingdale, NJ, United States
  • 11-14-10

nice listen

I have enjoyed listening to people personal stories as to why they run. It isn't very long, but maybe that is for the best. It could inspire a runner who is listening to it while running to keep moving. What I liked about it is that it involves regular people, like us.

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  • Donna
  • United States
  • 08-01-12

Skip the First Chapter

Where does Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A bit corney at times, but good company. Skip the first chapter so you don't get a bad taste when the author of the chapter tries to make a hero of his Dad for bandit running Boston. Most runners would look at that as being a liar and a cheat. Other chapters make you smile.

Any additional comments?

Fluffy make you smile book

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  • Colin
  • 01-24-11

The not so lonely Long Distance Runner

I started running in my early twenties. And despite a few gaps I am still running today and enjoying every minute of it. Every one of the glimpses into other runners lives is a joy. I loved it. I know exactly how they feel about running because I feel the same way. From the sarcastic comments from my girlfriend as I get out of bed at 5am to run 20 miles to the sense of loss when injury robs me of something that has become an integral part of my life. I share these things with so many other people. I was so glad to find that audible have 2 more Chicken Soup...running audiobooks. Can't wait to get them.

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  • Ms. A. Kennedy
  • 07-10-13

Great motivational tool

Would you consider the audio edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. I listened to it in the car on the way home from work and it made me want to just park the car and start walking/running.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Go your own way....

Any additional comments?

A really good listen for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. The stories are personal and although they are all coming from a different place/background, there is always something that you can relate to in each one. This is the kind of audio book you could listen to again and again. Really motivates you to get up and get moving without bogging you down with techinical stuff and routines and telling you what to do.

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