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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

Critic reviews

"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)

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  • LC
  • 15-05-17

Very poor narration

What disappointed you about What I Talk About When I Talk About Running?

Its about the worst narration of a book I have ever heard. The reader keeps giving exaggerated emphasis in all the wrong places, completely changing or distorting the meaning.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As above - I have listened to over 300 audio-books so far, and this is the worst narration of them all

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Always worth reading

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

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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.

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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.

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An inspirational memoir

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" is a story which captures a quintessential aspect of human life. It reminds us that the joy of achievement is not only in outrunning the competition but it's also in the small improvements you bring into your performance every day. It gives you a sense of purpose and makes your life experience worthwhile.

This memoir captures Murakami's experience between the year 2005 and 2006. Although the author had primarily summarised his experience from sports and writing novels, his philosophy could be equally be applied in any domain.

In short words, this memoir is a simple yet profound experience. You should definitely read this if you love running and also read this if you don't, you will not be disappointed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Maybe, I enjoyed this book and perhaps I may return back to it in future seeking for inspiration again.

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worth a listen if you're a runner

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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.

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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 :)

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Too young to quit

This book has motivated me to resume running. I am only 28, why not running?

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  • Kasper
  • 27-01-18

Like listening to a friend

For what it is, it's perfect. Want to hear a man talk about running and how it has been an intricate part of his daily life as a writer? If yes this is the book for you.

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  • Sólveig
  • 21-05-17

Fantastic book!!!! Could not stop listening to it!

Fantastic book!!! Could not stop listening to it!! The storyteller does a good job!! I will now look at other books from this writer :-)

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  • shannagen
  • 29-12-16

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"


1 of 1 people found this review helpful