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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John L. Parker Jr. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

Once a Runner is the story of Quenton Cassidy, a collegiate runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the political and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school's athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes' protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team.

Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life: a head-to-head match with the greatest miler in history.

This audiobook is a rare insider's account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners; an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man's quest to become a champion. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Coady | 2/18/2014

    " This book makes me want to move to a cabin in the woods & do nothing but train! I read it once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/16/2014

    " A classic hopeful tale for all runners. Made me want to jump out of bed and go train! I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilymenz | 2/16/2014

    " My husband read this to me on a road trip to Florida. We are both former runners, and I have found this book on the "favorite" list of many other runners as well. I think the story is so good that it would appeal to nonrunners as well. It's very good light fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 2/11/2014

    " What I liked about it was learning what it takes to be a world class runner. The language was really bad. I almost put it down several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli | 1/26/2014

    " An amazing book that made me smile and think of what it really means to be a runner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Halbert | 1/24/2014

    " My all-time favorite book! As a lifelong runner, I love all of the feelings and emotions that go with daily runs and races. Just reading this book creates those same sensations. I'm not sure if it is for everyone, but it definitely does it for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/24/2014

    " Wow. Amazing book. In a way a bit formulaic for a sports story and some characters are a bit stereotyped/two dimensional, but the ending is outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Moritz | 1/20/2014

    " Since entering the running community a few years ago, I heard so much about this book. And yet, I started it without knowing much about it other than the amount of high praise it received. At first, I didn't get it. The first quarter or so of the book took some time for me to get into. Perhaps it's because it's a "guy's" book, I thought. The story lines depicting collegiate pranks from the 1970s just seemed to get in the way at first. Get to the running stuff, I thought. But as the story unfolded, I appreciated those moment (though I did think some of those scenes went on too long). It's not just a tale of the making of an elite runner (though that's poignant enough) but also an interesting look at the political dynamic of athletics on college campuses. The general setting may have changed, but the impact that football has on other sports, and the desire to stifle dissent among student-athletes, I think still rings true today. The training and racing scenes definitely were relatable, regardless of whether you're running a sub-4 minute mile or struggling through 11-minute long runs. It took some time for me to warm up to, but I can appreciate the reason why this is a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " Lived up to it's reputation. Great- inspiring book. Honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 12/25/2013

    " THE classic long distance running novel. Highly recommended to anyone who is into running - especially longer distances. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martin | 12/21/2013

    " This is without a doubt the worst book I have ever read. At about page 160 I could not take it anymore and returned to the library. I can't believe they have two copies of this thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crestina | 12/9/2013

    " Makes me think about running and all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/8/2013

    " If you are a runner... you will relate "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 10/8/2013

    " This book describes running and racing and the emotions that come with it better than anything I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Firstprize | 9/28/2013

    " If you are runner then this is definitely a book for you. It catches the essence of being a runner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 9/1/2013

    " Fantastic read. Especially if you are into running but still great if you are not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Meeker | 8/29/2013

    " A little slow at times. But a good story about a great miler. And small bits of running advice mainly focused on high mileage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 8/22/2013

    " Could have done without the first 60 pages or so. It was just filler and unnecessary. Once they really started with the training/running it got interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer H | 4/10/2013

    " I'm about halfway though this book. And it's pretty great. The highs and lows of running, what's going through the character's minds. Even the amatuer runner can appreciate the feelings. I think I'm going to buy it, because I'm reading the library version right now and really like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/25/2012

    " I believe this book has something for everyone...from the beginning runner to the experienced runner. I think the more I read it, the more I'll take out of it. I can't wait to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Hinson | 10/9/2012

    " This is a fantastic book! I got sucked into it and loved it. I can't wait to read the second book "Again to Carthage". Must read for all aspiring runners/athletes. Very very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 8/2/2012

    " Almost gave up on it, but the last 20 pages were worth sticking it out for "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 2/8/2012

    " HOLY FUCK READ IT! My heart hasn't pumped like that from reading ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 1/28/2012

    " I enjoyed this book because of the shenanigans of young college athletes portrayed alongside the intensity of athletic training. I loved the absurdity presented by the general public looking for the "secret" to long-distance running. Typical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 8/6/2011

    " I thought I would really like this book. I expected a biography or autobiography but it read like a work of fiction and was told mostly in metaphors. Not my favorite book.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 7/17/2011

    " its good. second time i read it. an extremely fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dax | 5/31/2011

    " The definitive book on running. It's hard to get, out of print, and I have been warned never to lend this book out because it will probably never be seen again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/12/2011

    " John Parker is a master at capturing the anticipation and nerves associated with a race. (Not that I could ever dream of being that worthy of a runner). Well told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 5/12/2011

    " This book was hard to read. I didn't follow the authors train of thought in a lot of places. I finished it because the main character was somewhoat of an inigma and I was curious enough to try and figure him out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/8/2011

    " The story itself isn't anything amazing and occasionally the writing feels a little forced but the author really nails the experience of training and racing. Short, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 4/26/2011

    " A pretty good novel about running, but nothing truly spectacular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 4/12/2011

    " All the reasons I picked this up turned out to be justified! January in Eugene, OR and I wanted some motivation to get outside in Tracktown while it was still soggy. Its a cult classic for a reason, Parker is definitely trying to appeal to a running audience. I thought he got it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 3/31/2011

    " A really good, thoughtful, book - not life changing for me, but I loved the author's poetic writing style, and even though I am not an avid runner, I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the overall message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 3/25/2011

    " Not sure why, but a difficult time getting into this book. Once I did, found it interesting to get into the psyche runners and maybe understand my own running habits a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 3/19/2011

    " A college runner trains a lot. He is trying to break the sub 4 minute barrier for the mile. He drops out of college because of troubling happening on campus. He then races at a race he was banned from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 3/16/2011

    " The classic when it comes to running fiction. Parker accurately portrays the life of a runner in an inspiring way, filled with humour and heart. A must read for any runner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/13/2011

    " Pretty well-done given that author is not a novelist. Good descriptions of the experience of training and of running. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry | 3/4/2011

    " Best running book ever written. If you are or ever have been a track distance runner (not a weekend 5k jogger) this book will strike a chord within you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/4/2011

    " Like running, it was half vexing and half transcendent. "

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