A Race Like No Other

  • by Liz Robbins
  • Narrated by Chris Fogg
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York City Marathon: 26.2 grueling miles across five bridges and through five distinct boroughs, accompanied by the cheers of two million fans and propelled by the unique motivation that churns inside every participant.
New York Times reporter Liz Robbins brings the famed New York City Marathon to life, capturing the day's festivities mile by mile. She tells the stories of the determined competitors - from their friendships and rivalries to their adversity and redemption - through the prism of the unforgettable 2007 race. Infused with rich history of the event's legends and its colorful neighborhood characters, A Race Like No Other provides a curbside seat to the first Sunday in November, breathlessly carrying the reader from the start on the towering Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the triumphant finish line in Central Park.


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Customer Reviews

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Story is interesting, narration is challenging

Would you listen to A Race Like No Other again? Why?

The NYC Marathon is a great race. The book conveys a lot of what is great about the race. However, narrator seems to have issues with some works (e.g., St. Moritz, Addis Ababa and chutzpah). I don't know if the writer or editor's listen to the book after it is narrated. My guess is "no." So, the book becomes unintentionally comical due to the narrator rather than the content.
I doubt if I will listen to this again.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe if you have a book about the NYC Marathon, how about a narrator with a New York accent? Or at least someone who can pronounce "chutzpah."

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- steve finkelstein

Poor Narration Detracts from Riveting Story

I downloaded this book to get myself mentally prepared for running the NYC Marathon this November. I loved the story, the history, the way it follows the details of runners both elite and amateur, but the narrator's consistent failure to pronounce words--not just proper names and foreign terms, but also multiple regular English nouns--nearly ruined this book for me. I have never heard so many gaffes in all my years of listening to audiobooks. Is there no budget for editors?
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- Aubrey and Owen Russell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins