The Running Dream

Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself - she wants to take Rosa with her.

©2011 Wendelin Van Draanen (P)2010 Listening Library

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9 year old rates this 15 stars

I don't WANT to relisten to this immediately. I NEED to relisten to this immediately.

You'll love it if you like Out of My Mind.

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excellent choice for my 14-years old daughter

This is the first audible book that I listened and bought having my 14-years daughter in mind. She has been learning English for 8 years and she could perfectly understand this audio book. Our whole family listened the book and we liked it a lot. The story is very interesting and very well told and the narrator is excellent - very clear voice, expressing all sorts of emotions and characters in a different way. I prefer stories about a real life that have some deeper values and meanings in it - this book is like that. Last but not least the story begins in a sad moment of a girls life but it has a happy ending.

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Bad Narrators

What other book might you compare The Running Dream to and why?

Flipped; Runaway; Confessions of a Serial Kisser; all also by Wendelin Van Draanen in her characteristic charismatic, touching style. They all have Y.A. female leads and tell stories of self discovery.

How could the performance have been better?

it was a good book with a touching ending, but I was distracted by the narrator. She kept going up at the end of her sentences? Like everything was a question? And? I just don't think? that because the person telling the story? was a teenage girl? That she needed to keep doing that? It made me dizzy. Still, all in all an inspiring story :)

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An Inspiring Story

An inspiring story that takes you through hard, but also hopeful times. Great for all ages👍

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Amazing

The story was very good. There were many ups and downs during the story, and a roller coaster of emotions. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially, people who feel like there is no coming out of their all time low.

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AMAZING BOOK!!!!

It was an amazing book I sure loved it, what a great story! So inspiring!

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loved it

loved it it was one of the best books I have ever read you should read it

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it was good really good good job it was amazing<br />

I loved it so much good jod it was amazing hi hi hi hi hi

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Best Book Ever

Jessica is an amazing character and she goes through a lot of thing and and she still has to go to school with only one leg and her track team wants to Bye her a running leg. Will Jessica's track team raise all the money the need.? Will Jessica de able to run agin?

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Very enjoyable

Teenagers that behave well: fictional for sure! lol ...this book should be read by teenagers everywhere! I much enjoyed it. The characters were very moral. This was refreshing. The book starts and finishes well.