We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Audiobook

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Regular Price:£10.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (140 )
5 star
 (80)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (120 )
5 star
 (58)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (118 )
5 star
 (75)
4 star
 (40)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Wras 21/04/2017
    Wras 21/04/2017 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1827
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    346
    259
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    184
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fascinating monolog about life."


    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jack Williamson 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Run Haruki, run..."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vijayant Singh 06/04/2017
    Vijayant Singh 06/04/2017 Member Since 2016

    mathematics, philosophy, physics, arts, religion, linguistics, polity, literature, science, non-fiction, and a bit of fiction here && there.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Splendid"

    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...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    fahad 21/03/2017
    fahad 21/03/2017 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A simple, yet great memoir"

    Here you will know more about Murakami San
    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 :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ross 21/03/2017
    Ross 21/03/2017 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth a listen if you're a runner"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 22/04/2017
    John 22/04/2017 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I don't know of a better book about running"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best book about being a runner rather than telling you how to be a better runner.


    What other book might you compare What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to, and why?

    Feet in the Clouds


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He captures the rhythmn of being a runner. His narration is perfectly suited to long runs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mahabibi 12/04/2017
    mahabibi 12/04/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Always worth reading"

    Murakami is one of today's best writers, with great insight and ability to relay it on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    FaMa London 10/04/2017
    FaMa London 10/04/2017 Member Since 2016

    FaMa

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not really a running book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Suswati 05/04/2017
    Suswati 05/04/2017 Member Since 2016

    Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    94
    94
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprising little gem"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deme 05/04/2017
    Deme 05/04/2017 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A book for runners, a book for everyone."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • shannagen
    29/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.