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Download Once a Runner Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,950 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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