In 1982 Murakami began running to keep fit. Here he reflects on his running experiences. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-listen for fans of this masterful author and for the increasing number of people who find a similar satisfaction in running.
©2007 Haruki Murakami (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc
"Hugely enjoyable.... You don't have to run a marathon to be captivated." (Sunday Telegraph)
"This is my most recent inspirational find.... Murakami makes me want to write hard and run far and fast." (Easy Living)
Kildonan by the sea
I am a walker never liked running or competing in events, not my thing, but this is a book about so much more than running or competing, it is about what you get from doing something you enjoy, about growing old, the pleasure of enduring, strugling and achieving not some great goal but a personal triumph that only you understand.
This is my favourite Haruki Murakami book it is honest and beautiful, full of insight and humanity, it is a pleasure that gives you a way to find joy in your own very personal achievements.
Narrator was a great fit, totally convincing. Murakami's fiction has often left me cold but this was a pleasant and interesting journey into the psyche of a writer and runner who's fascinated about why those two pursuits intertwine so naturally. Great for listening to at the gym or...surprise surprise...whilst out running.
mathematics, philosophy, physics, arts, religion, linguistics, polity, literature, science, non-fiction, and a bit of fiction here && there.
My first book by Murakami and I cannot believe I didn't read him all these years. It's all the right lessons of life delivered in a tastiest and most lucid mix... the ones that can be applied to every aspect and every profession. Treat it like a self help book if you will, or a memoir, you're bound to be enriched by an order of magnitude more either way. The content, performance, and overall experience has been first class. I'm going to listen to it for my own running sessions, instead of music, it's so mesmerising, almost musical...
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It is not only book about running, it is also about life, and the will to keep on going.
After finishing many of his novels, Honestly i didn't expect Mr. Murakami to have this peaceful view about life!
If you love his novels, then this is definitely a book for you, and you will find interesting things about them :)
A reasonably interesting listen if you're a runner. Worth the price as it is a slightly cheaper audiobook, but nothing to write home about necessarily. It's more like having a chat with a fellow runner than a book that is going to blow you away. Having said that, I don't regret the purchase.
This is the best book about being a runner rather than telling you how to be a better runner.
Feet in the Clouds
He captures the rhythmn of being a runner. His narration is perfectly suited to long runs.
Book mixed with the writer's other life experiences. I was expecting a lot more emphasis on the running part with more details but didn't really get that. Whilst I have no issue with the writer talking about his novel writing experiences, how he started etc but the book title is about running l, not novel writing.
Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.
I was a little apprehensive at first to listen to a book about running especially for someone who doesn't run but once again Haruki Murukami brings the subject to life through wonderful little anecdotes, takes and philosophies. Only he can do such a thing. It actually inspired me to take up running some day.
I have found listening to this book has beautifully encapsulated so much of what I've learnt about myself and other people through running. Murakami doesn't tell you about running, he shows you.
"Very natural and real"
Loved this book.. the author kept it so real.. loved his approach and honest view about everything in this book.. it inspires me to define my own goals n not be disturbed/distracted about the general notion of "success"
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