The Boy Who Runs
- The Odyssey of Julius Achon
- Narrated by: Fred Sanders
- Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-16-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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"Julius can't remember who first saw the men. He heard no warning sounds - no dog barking or twig snapping. Until this point, events had moved too swiftly for Julius to be afraid, but now panic seized him. In another instant he realized that his old life was finished."
Thus begins the extraordinary odyssey of Julius Achon, a journey that takes a barefoot 12-year-old boy from a village in Northern Uganda to the rebel camp of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army, where he was made a boy soldier, and then, miraculously, to a career as one of the world's foremost middle-distance runners. But when a devastating tragedy prevents Julius from pursuing gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he is once again set adrift and forced to forge a new path for himself, finally finding his true calling as an internationally recognized humanitarian. Today Julius is the director of the Achon Uganda Children's Fund, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Uganda through access to health care, education, and athletics.
While pursuing his destiny, Julius encounters a range of unforgettable characters who variously befriend and betray him: the demonic Joseph Kony, a "world-class warlord"; John Cook, a brilliant and eccentric US track coach; Jim Fee, an American businessman who helps Julius build a state-of-the-art medical center deep in the Ugandan bush; and finally Kristina, Julius' mother, whose own tragic journey forms the pivot for this spellbinding narrative of love, loss, suffering, and redemption.
Written by award-winning sportswriter John Brant, The Boy Who Runs is an empowering tale of obstacles overcome, challenges met, and light wrested from darkness. It's a story about forging your true path and finding your higher purpose - even when the road ahead bends in unexpected directions.
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By Sarah Annette Piano on 05-10-18
A Beautiful, Heart-breaking, Inspirational Story
Just listen to this story. Even if you are not a runner you will be moved by the narrative as well as Julius' attitude towards life and the cruelest of its realities. If you are a runner, you'll be moved to put your shoes on and get to work - for the sake of your own heart and other's hearts.
Julius and his family have lived through some very dark times in human history by moving forward, keeping the faith and remaining patiently hopeful in what good people can do when they dream big and put their heads together.
By Daryl on 11-27-16
Not just for Runners
This book will appeal to a wide variety of people. It's the story of a runner from a country that's been in turmoil for most of his (and my) life. It tells of his success, his failure, his mistakes. Julius is both achingly humble and frustratingly proud, and I found John brant did a terrific job of fleshing him out in both of these regards.
The narrator didn't add to nor distract from the story, which I personally prefer in books like this. He characterized as needed, but did nothing overtly dramatic.
Well worth your time and credit if you are at all interested in running, Uganda, NGOs assisting the poor... You know what? If you like reading, this is by all counts a good book.