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Publisher's 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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Good read while running.

Tried this out as my first audiobooks while running and it turned out quite well. The narration was calm and clear and easy to understand and helped keep my focus while running. Its an easy read, don't expect more.

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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

I‘m not a runner. So this book was an insight into the unknown . It was a captivating glimpse which made me realize that I lived like a sprinter while it takes a different kind of being to be a marathoner. Enjoyed the narration. Definitely worth a hear!

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Bible for runners

As an amateur half marathoner, who hopes to run triathlons and marathons one day, I think I will keep coming back to this book.

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To all the runners out there...

... listening to this was an amazing decision. it sparked the old desire to run. if you've had a running phase in your life, you'll totally relate to it. if you enjoy murakami you'll enjoy it. combine the two and you'll have a wholesome experience listening to it. And the narration is good too.

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Beautiful Read

Beautiful read. very nicely narrated. Relatable to all the long distance runners. The book is not just about running but life as a whole. Enjoyed it.

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An okayish book

Narration was good. Other than that, there is nothing particularly bad or particularly good. There wasn't much for me to learn here.

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Repetitive

overhyped monologue . it could be a short essay at best. It may inspire some sportspersons but isnt too impactful for others. The reputation of the author forces one to somehow finish the book

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Running and I can grow old together

Title: What I Talk About, When I talk about running
Authors: Haruki Murakami
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

The running memoir by the established and loved Japanese Author, Haruki Murakami gives an insight of his writing career and its relation to long distance running and not just running.

The book talks about how long distance learning has made the novelist he is today. Let’s decode that:

1. Each stride is as important as the long range vision: This strategy not only helps one while running, but in every facet of life.

2. Rigour has no escape: Each activity requires persistent rigour, otherwise achievements will be like a dream, short lived.

3. Moving forward is a state of mind: In long distance running, everybody does physical training, but it’s the mental strength that takes you over the tape. Believing in breaking your own ceiling is what makes you better.

4. Make the best of your life: I like how he puts it. I choose running because it’s the only sport where you only compete with yourself and not others on a regular basis.

I would like to end this review with a quote from this book, like Murakami, as a fellow runner, I would like Running and I to grow old together :)

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Loved listening to this audiobook

Murakami brings out his love for the discipline of running very authentically. As someone who recently got started on their fitness journey and aspires to be a writer, this is a wonderful book, almost like one is having a conversation with the author himself.

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a thoroughly enjoyable work of writing

one very inspiring thought out of this book is that there is no point running if you are actually walking (which I used to do quite a lot on long runs prior to this). has kept me running instead of easily quitting and breaking into a walk frequently. loved several parts of the book and the narration in particular was done beautifully

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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"


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  • Raiya Kishwar Ashraf
  • 20-11-21

Banter with a friend

Listening to this book was like having a long conversation with a friend. Haruki’s storytelling together with the matter-of-fact reading made for a great listen during walks. Recommend to anyone with a desk-based job!

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  • kferic
  • 10-10-21

Simple but brilliant book

Interesting book, very modeste writing style. Since it a biography I like it even more because H. Murakami is a simple, organised, openhearted person. The narator is perfect.

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  • 04-01-21

Easy short read

As a runner I really enjoyed this book. It left me feeling and wishing he had a part two of this story. He definitely helped me realise alot of runners think and feel alot of similar things. And our competitive behavior is very similar. live it. Will definitely read it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-20

10/10

Such an amazing book, made my runs so much more enjoyable. One of the best books i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-20

What he talks about when he talk about himself

What he talks about when he talk about himself -is running.

Mixed bag this one, annoying lack of insight at times but there are lessons to be learned from this book for sure.

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  • Cari Batenburg
  • 08-01-20

Didn't know if I would like this but...

I loved it so much! Who would have imagined that listening to a person's thoughts and experiences of running would be so enjoyable and thought-provoking.

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  • Filipe Pereira
  • 12-02-19

he is a natural. his way is so fluid ! I

he is a natural. his way is so fluid ! i saw myself in each word! became a fan!

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  • Sue
  • 05-04-17

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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  • Phil D
  • 24-01-19

A beautiful book beautifully narrated

This is an absolutely wonderful book. I love how it is both about running and also nothing to do with running whatsoever. It is in no way a self help book or a manual on exercise, but more Murakami's autobiography told through the act of running.
You can see how the structure of the book was conceived as it could easily be the passing thoughts and memories thought up by someone during a run.
The book's themes run very deep. I suppose overall it is about life and its deep complexities. Health, longevity, tenacity, achieving your goals, mortality.
Murakami's clean Japanese prose style is beautiful to read and this performance is beautifully narrated without any embellishment or unnecessary drama. I've already listened to it twice.

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  • sealion
  • 24-03-21

Seriously disappointing

I was so looking forward to this book. It’s hailed as a running classic and source of inspiration but I found it a turgid, self-indulgent ungrateful monologue of great superficiality. The moments that almost resembled something akin to self reflection or a probing of the deeper emotional relationship with running led nowhere. The prose was immature and boyish, and the potentially philosophical elements linguistically crude with simplistic and pointless metaphors. Written from a (self confessed) self centred perspective I struggled to get through each whining chapter and gained no insight, wisdom or even enjoyment. Seriously disappointing.

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  • mahabibi
  • 12-04-17

Always worth reading

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

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  • Indranil Sarkar
  • 03-04-17

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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  • Deme
  • 05-04-17

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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  • Dollybird
  • 10-05-21

One for the fans

I liked it but I love Murakami, so it was like listening to a wonderful wise friend telling stories. Admittedly, that friend bangs on a lot about what not, but hey, he's your friend, his anecdotes are lovely. You might not ring him for a while though, you know, in case he asks if you've taken up running.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-21

Just meh!

Ok it was easy to listen to, but I don't really understand the purpose of this book. It doesn't really seem to have a story to it. He just seems to randomly bounce between subjects of running, then triathlon. Not worth a credit for sure.

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  • Jim 8888
  • 17-02-21

Foot for Thought

I wasn't sure what to think about this book. It's off the beaten track in more ways than one, almost a philosophical examination of long distance running, the life of a novelist and what the point of being either actually is. I suspect that you could read or listen to this book several times and get something different from it each time. On the surface, it seems quite a simple read but there are probably layers to it if you chose to look deeply into what is being said. One example that sticks in my mind is where the author passes a pretty girl every day on his regular run. She becomes part of his motivation to head out, in the hope he'll see her in a new outfit, or that she'll give him a bigger smile as she passes by. But he knows he's too shy to try and stop and talk to her, never mind learning her name. That doesn't diminish the connection though and, for him, looking forward to the regular occurrence reinforces his sense of self and is another reason to enjoy running. For others, this might be a missed opportunity that they'd torture themselves over. The lesson is to find your own path, find what works for you and commit to it in a manner that is true to how you live your life. It is your life after all.
Maybe I should go back and read or listen to the book again. I enjoyed it, but finished it wondering if it was the book that was a bit shallow or if it was just my reading of it? I kind of suspect the latter.

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  • fahad
  • 21-03-17

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 :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-21

A marathon of a book

If you're a runner, of any level, this is extra ordinary to help with improving your mind and willpower. I found this book so relatable as a timid person. I found solace in his journey and it inspires me to improve my own. The narrator made the book an easy listen and felt like a great representation of the author.
I would highly reccomend to teens through to adults.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-21

Motivating and inspiring

Was recommended this book but didn't expect too much of it. pleasantly surprised, an easy listen and although this wasn't his intention it motivated me to take my own running a bit more seriously. have listened to some sections twice just because I enjoyed it so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Okay. Easy listen

I didn’t love the book. It was a nice light easy listen, got a bit boring and slow at times. Not an inspiring book, more like a journal of thoughts while running.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-22

Cacio E Pepe

After reading a lot of books about running I downloaded this book not giving it much thought. I did not know the caliber of writing I was about to read.

The writing is simple, yet extremely well written.

I truely enjoy every minute of this book, so much so I have ordered the hard copy to read again.

When describing the book to my wife, I called it the Cacio E Pepe of writing. A simple dish with only three ingredients, pasta, parmesan and black pepper, easy to make, but when made well it’s one of the finest meals you’ll ever have.

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  • Steve
  • 30-12-20

Damned Narration

My background is acting. I enjoy narrating. There are a couple of styles of narration that I find lazy, irksome and distracting. One of them is the traditional ‘forced breathy- ‘centred’ voice of ABC and some BBC poetry readers. ( not poets- they can have the worst vocal range in the world and stay connected to their craft). This narrator lacks a connection to the work. He sounds miserable, appears to miss irony and mistake dark humour for sadness.There is a lack of storytelling and some intonation patterns that are way too obvious so this book has the feel of the narrator working rather than the author telling his story. I’m also not entirely sure what story the author is telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

Superbly simple, inspiring and a fond warmth!

A fervent fan of Murakami's work, I never knew much about the man himself. This was a fascinating and demystifying insight into a modest man with a brilliant gift at story telling.

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  • Shauna
  • 03-04-18

Murakami x Porter - dream collaboration

A new side of Murakami that makes him all the more wonderful. And the best narrator to tell the tale. shut up and take my money.

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