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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Kitamura Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464571
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Four years after Rivera knocked Cal from dominance in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Cal’s coach, Riley, has set up a rematch. It will be good for Cal, and he’s ready for it—he’s been training harder than ever, trying to shake the lethargy that’s plagued him ever since he lost. Knowing he’s going to face Rivera again, he gets his focus and energy back, but Rivera has never lost a fight, and in the final days before the match, both Cal and Riley secretly begin have doubts, though neither wants to let the other down. In taut, rhythmic language, Katie Kitamura renders the urgency, discipline, and mutual affection of athlete and coach with depth and subtlety. As the excruciating tension builds around the big fight, the listener will be captivated through the final electrifying scene.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deft, subtle, and hard-hitting all at once…A disquisition on hope, hurt and vulnerability that’s heartbreakingly acute.”

    Ekow Eshun, author of Black Gold of the Sun

  • “She knows her way around the ring and the human heart.”

    Elizabeth Benedict, author of Almost and The Practice of Deceit 

  • “In taut, pared-down prose, Kitamura takes the reader right into the ring. Kitamura’s understanding of the psychological dimension of this brutally physical sport is uncanny and never less than convincing.”

    Hari Kunzru, author of The Impressionist

  • “[Kitamura] writes with the kind of controlled, compressed passion that produces literary gems.”

    Jon Fasman, author of The Geographer’s Library

  • “This is a terrific debut: charged, intimate, raw. Here is an author who not only understands the alloying of muscle and mentality in sport, the elation and heartbreak of competition, and of life, but can also write about it all with compassion and beautiful austerity.”

    Sarah Hall, author of The Electric Michelangelo

  • “Hemingway’s returned to life—and this time, he’s a woman.”

    Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder

  • “With refreshingly unadorned prose, Kitamura reduces to an intensely crystalline moment the tension surrounding a fighter and his coach as they prepare for a match.”

    Yannick Murphy, author of Signed, Mata Hari

  • “Spare and beautifully written…Kitamura, a journalist who for years has followed MMA matches, brings a physicality to her story with descriptions of the action so vivid the reader feels the pain of every punch and kick.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mark Bramhall’s urgent delivery of the exciting novel turns it into a production listeners won't be able to turn off…Bramhall’s punchy delivery is the perfect vehicle for the story of a man who sets out to conquer his own fear.”

    AudioFile

  • “Brutally honest, The Longshot tells of a man's passion and dreams, and what's left when those hopes collide with reality. Kitamura's debut is a gripping novel of courage. A Barnes and Noble Discover Author selection.”

    BarnesandNoble.com review

  • “This convincing meditation on combat skews admirably close to the stories of F.X. Toole as it plunges toward its harrowing ending. A real shot to the heart—a resonant portrait of a man out to prove he can take anything the world throws at him.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rector | 1/15/2014

    " A great noir novel set in a less regulated world of MMA fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 12/20/2013

    " Really good...sigh, sad to leave it behind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/28/2013

    " Slow moving Hemingway wannabe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kelly | 11/14/2013

    " I love MMA, but didn't like this book. It was far too slow for me, and the ending was way too predictable. Wouldn't read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/9/2012

    " Great book, even the second time through when I knew how it all turned out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Margulies | 10/5/2012

    " What a marvelous debut -- kudos to Katie Kitamura! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eb | 2/11/2012

    " Tight, terse, gripping. The final fight scene is a heartstopper. If I have one complaint, it's about the Britishisms. Kitamura's writing about all-American dudes, here, people who'd never say, "I've not seen him" instead of "I haven't seen him." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 9/22/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Which surprised the hell out of me: I am not interested in mixed martial arts, and don't have the stomach for fights in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 9/21/2011

    " On the surface, this is a sports novel, but the prose is so powerful and elegant that Kitamura makes Cal and Riley's tale universal. A really beautiful story about choice, sacrifice, success, and bravery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Alexander | 9/7/2011

    " Short, punch-packed prose. For fans of UFC or to root for an author who will immerse you in a great fight story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/14/2011

    " Katie Kitamura, though from NYC, knows the West and somehow gives a unusual view of the mixed martial arts competitive world. The trainer and former fighter steals the show, but his protege always looks like a long shot that might make it. Good suspense and the final section is in Tia Juana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/11/2011

    " A tight little novel providing a very intimate view into the actions, thoughts, and feelings of a MMA fighter on a "comeback" and his trainer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/23/2011

    " Short, punch-packed prose. For fans of UFC or to root for an author who will immerse you in a great fight story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 5/6/2010

    " Really good...sigh, sad to leave it behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 4/21/2010

    " Dandy first book by this writer. Unexpectedly good story about the fight
    game and the men who lose themselves to the sport. Lots of action, lots
    of thought. Completely took me by surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/9/2010

    " What a marvelous debut -- kudos to Katie Kitamura! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/20/2009

    " A great noir novel set in a less regulated world of MMA fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eb | 3/31/2009

    " Tight, terse, gripping. The final fight scene is a heartstopper. If I have one complaint, it's about the Britishisms. Kitamura's writing about all-American dudes, here, people who'd never say, "I've not seen him" instead of "I haven't seen him." "

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About the Author
Author Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist, author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. She is a recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship and has written for the New York Times,Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and Frieze.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.