• The Perfect Mile

  • Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-17-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (248 ratings)

Regular price: $34.97

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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Part of what it means to be human and alive is to achieve. We relish stories like Apollo 11 and Captain Matthew Webb's swimming the English Channel because adversity was overcome by extraordinary skill and effort. Neal Bascomb's account of the men behind the four-minute mile is just such a story, filled with struggle and relentless optimism. We were really impressed by it.
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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time. They said it could never be done. No human could ever run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1952, three amazing athletes begged to differ; English medical student Roger Bannister, Australian privileged son John Landy, and American farm boy Wes Santee. At a time when war raged in Korea and Edmund Hillary dared to scale Mount Everest, these three marvelous runners raced into the spotlight and stole the attention of a breathless world.
Dramatic, exciting, and gloriously reminiscent, The Perfect Mile is an endlessly fascinating tale of heroic achievement and a testament to the determination of the human spirit.
©2004 Neal Bascomb (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Bascomb's excellent account captures all of the human drama and competitive excitement of this legendary racing event." (Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By j & b on 09-05-04

Most inpirational!

The shear pleasure I derived from listening to this book is difficult to express. Hearing each of the runners' stories, as they dug and clawed their way into sports legend was inpirational and astounding. Each with their own journey and path but each with the same destination. I found myself sitting a few extra minutes in the parking lot, driveway or side of the road just to hear a few more lines from the book (I listen to books in my car for the most part).

I literally did not want this book to end! I hear rumours of this book being made into a movie. I hope they take their time and care when casting this masterpiece.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Todd on 08-10-04

nailbiting, on the edge of your seat

I have listened to an audiobook everyweek for the last 5 years and this book is on my top 5!! Yeah, I know that Roger Bannister was the first to run the mile in 3:59:4, but this book leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering about the outcome. It makes you want to get off the couch and start running. It is inspirational, a great listen.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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