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Don't Stop Me Now

26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...).

Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking. Each of the 26.2 chapters also features a fascinating insight into how others first started - from Paula Radcliffe to Steve Cram, the Brownlees to Jenson Button, Nicky Campbell to Nell McAndrew.

©2015 Vassos Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Listened whilst running!

I listened whilst training for Great North Run - absolutely loved it. Vassos is my running guru - keep telling everyone about him. Think the fact he was narrating is what made it so engaging. I feel we're now running buddies!!!!!

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Well written, well read and entertaining!

If you could sum up Don't Stop Me Now in three words, what would they be?

Informative, fun, honest.

What other book might you compare Don't Stop Me Now to, and why?

Not read anything of this style before. Yet.

What about Vassos Alexander’s performance did you like?

Enthusiastic narration (I always prefer narrator/author audiobooks)

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

Each chapter having a section from a previous meeting with a well-known event runner.

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Very nicely written, not filled with jargon that a new runner would be put off by. I'm relatively new, just one half marathon under my belt so far (more booked though, as it definitely is addictive!) and everyththing he's written about in terms of starting out, resonated.

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Fandabbydosey!

A really honest inspiring, witty listen..with an added bonus of his own wonderful voice! highly recomend

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A great journey enjoyed during my own journey

I honestly didn’t know what to expect but this book has everything, hints, tips, laughs, highs and lows. Some really good insights from runners from all running genre..

Definitely highly recommended

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Enjoyed the content - but hard to keep up with

Having really enjoyed my last 'running/ultraman themed' book, I was looking forward to this as the reviews were good and the synopsis also.

The content of the book is good, funny and light - well what I can keep up with and this isn't a running pun.

I found the delivery and order of the book really jerky and I had to overly concentrate to work out what part of the story tI was in or was it a personal anecdote or a story from someone else. There was far too much movement around in the story for my personal liking, which is a shame. I had to turn off a few times as it was giving me a headache.

I was only listening to this on a commute, so generally little distractions that would cause me to lose concentratiaon but I couldn't imagine trying this book on a run - which I know isn't it's sole purpose but generally these types of books are a good running companion.

Whilst Vassos comes across well in the audio and had good pitch and tone variations I'm not the structure has helped with this.

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highly recommend

Well read narrative and a highly motivational speaker and subject. encouraged me to keep running and more regularly even if short runs. If you are a novice runner I highly recommend to give some enthusiasm.

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Great Book

loved this book. Great stories and read really well. A combination of his own stories and famous people. Makes you want to go out and run!

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Try to get past Vassos Reading the Intro

I really struggled to listen to Vassos read Chris E's blurb at the beginning. No one should ever read about themselves in the third party, it just sounds horrifically pompous and arrogant. It made trying to get into the rest of the book very difficult as my mind was rather distracted with a false projection and opinion. As they say, first impressions are hard to shake even when you know better.

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Inspirational.

whilst listening to this book I have stopped smoking and been for about 20 runs. I am now set to run my first 10k.

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Not as good as I would have liked

First of all he shouldn’t have read it himself. Now I know he works for the BBC and all that but honestly the author has an awful voice that breaks up all the time though there’s a lot of inflection in the naration as you’d expect. the other thing that put me off was how formulaic it is or stylized. It starts off with where he’s at in his own run that’s after the introduction and then it bangs on about science and methodology and talks as if he’s interviewing an actual runner and then those mini biographies just well, no. It’s not for me at all. I’ll keep it, I don’t have a choice about that but really Vasos jsut tell your story, the other stuff we can get by reading science books and sports psychology books and autobiographies. it’s like padding for an insubstantial story to me all that other stuff.

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  • Clark
  • 09-06-20

The Audible Version Sometimes Hard to Know who’s talking

Great book, throughly enjoyed it however as Vassos both authors and narrates the book it was often difficult to know when he was talking about himself and when he was telling someone else’s story. If you’re reading the book this would probably be less of an issue. A great book though with Vassos’ self deprecating sense of humour and fun to listen to while running.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-18

brilliant audio book for the uninitiated runners

great style and very well spoken by vassos. was entertaining and educational for me personally

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  • rodrigo
  • 17-04-16

Inspiring to build up your mileage.

I listened while training for a half marathon. The inspiring stories of athletes who went from normal lifers to ultra marathoners makes that 10 miles "long" training session short. And helps to put into perspective how "tired" you are after running 10k.... It helped me get to the half marathon level.