To Be a Runner

  • by Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author - and lifelong runner - Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes. To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about running by bridging the chasm between the two categories of running books: how-to and personal narrative. Spinning colorful yarns of his running and racing adventures on six continents - from competing in the infamous Raid Gauloises to coaching his son’s high school cross-country team - Dugard considers what it means to truly integrate the activity into one’s life. For example, how the simple act of buying a new pair of running shoes can be a source of meaning and hope. As entertaining as it is provocative, To Be a Runner is about far more than running: It is about life, and how we should live it.

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Feels like a great run does

If you are a runner, were a runner or in any way at the core of your being know running is inseparable from your essence, and have see your 'best years' as behind you, then this book will reconnect you with that feeling you use to live for, that feeling after a great run. Enjoy.
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- Aleksandar

A Miss

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm a runner so I expected to enjoy this audiobook. Unfortunately it didn't deliver much. I found myself bored and distracted while listening to it.


Would you recommend To Be a Runner to your friends? Why or why not?

No. There are far better audiobooks in this genre.


What three words best describe Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance?

Average. Somewhat dull. Blah.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Perhaps the running context of this book will appeal to some runner. I'm a 5 time marathon finisher, trail runner and more but this book still didn't connect with me. I never finished it.


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- ChargingDC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios