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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455190751
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From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami’s four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone…An early section recounting Murakami’s transition from nightclub owner to novelist offers a particularly vivid picture of an artist soaring into flight for the first time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The bestselling author of wildly imaginative novels like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle here muses ‘in real time’ about his sport and hobby, long-distance running. While Murakami writes that he worked over the text, it seems starkly unself-conscious (or poorly translated)—as when he talks about shining his running shoes. And yet this lack of guardedness as presented in Ray Porter’s forthright and relaxed voice gives the book rare bite. Murakami isn’t pushing his running, or his prose. ‘It doesn’t matter what field you’re talking about, beating somebody else just doesn’t do it for me.’ If Murakami had a point to make, or if Porter had tried harder—had embellished the text or reached for an accent—this recording would fail. Instead it succeeds brilliantly. No secrets here, just the companionship of a dazzling intellect.”

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  • “Murakami’s single-minded focus on the task at hand will impress runners and athletes of all levels…His discipline also extends to his writing, which he approaches with the simple but devoted attention of a master craftsman…as always Murakami employs his artful, lucid prose to good effect.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/19/2014

    " Very interesting and beautifully written book about running and the life of a running writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanapo | 2/14/2014

    " Want to be finisher ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riku Sayuj | 2/11/2014

    " I must say that I am very thankful to this book for getting me back into the habit of running and giving me a ready made excuse to spend 45 minutes of my time thus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/23/2014

    " I could relate in many ways. Very honest and unpretentious style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 1/17/2014

    " Murakami makes me smile. And I ran more while reading this, so that says something~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Gordon | 12/10/2013

    " Strictly for runners only, I don't see anyone else interested in these musings. About surprising little other than his thoughts on running, don't expect alot more. As a runner for many years I did really enjoy it, it reminds me why I love to run and how I share this love with so many others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowzat | 11/22/2013

    " Good, but not as good as his fiction. It did help me keep going during today's tri workout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poonam | 9/19/2013

    " A memoir around writer's love for running, his training and participation in marathons and triathlons etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gergely | 7/21/2013

    " Smart and humble notes about his way of thinking, about getting old, about setting your own goals and making it work. It's a very nice read, just in time for me, still much younger than the author but approaching the age he was talking about. A lot to learn, and a lot to reflect on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alain van Hoof | 5/17/2013

    " Read the Dutch version. As a runner it is a nice read but not more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/10/2012

    " If you are an aspiring runner, an aspiring writer, or both, you will want to read this. It's a quiet and honest sort of memoir, with a restrained and intimate quality to the writing that I really like. "

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

    " After reading this book I retook running after 7 years. One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 12/29/2011

    " The better voice behind a writer is the voice back heart this case when running. I learn about Murakami a trainning hard, constant and delicate. To have a power to create a beutiful words and same time concentrate for a goal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 phoebe | 11/3/2011

    " i have been running twice a week since i read this. coincidence? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sruthy | 8/28/2011

    " Its an amazing account of Murakami's marathon obsession and also basic tips on how to start running. I loved the writing style and also how the author frankly explains the various obstacles and falls he faced in actually trying to be a good marathon runner. Its an amazing read !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 6/1/2011

    " This meditation on the importance to Murakami of running, daily, is full of beautiful thoughts, observations, and memories. And as all great books should, it changed the way I see the world. Well worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 5/30/2011

    " Une leçon de vie. A relire encore et encore pour trouver du courage et se mettre à faire des efforts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 5/26/2011

    " Reflections on long-distance running and comparisons to everyday life. This is one of my new favorite books. I want to read something else by this author now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/13/2011

    " Mirukami is one of my favourite authors, but reading what is essentially his running diary and training log just didn't do it for me. A couple of interesting bits, but one for the die hards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/10/2011

    " too much about running and too little about what running has taught him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina and Joshua | 5/7/2011

    " What can I say, I love running, and this book made me want to run. Murakami is approachable; his writing is conversational, funny and friendly, and his dedication to running is inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yi | 5/6/2011

    " "pain is inevitable suffering is optional" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wingedbeaver | 5/5/2011

    " Not exactly what I wanted it to be, but still an easy enjoyable read for someone like me who loves running and writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlasg | 5/3/2011

    " good for runners or writers or someone looking for discipline "

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About the Author
Author Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.
About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.