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WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING

by | Read by Ray Porter

Biography & Memoir • 4.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

The bestselling author of wildly imaginative novels like THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE here muses "in real time" about his sport and hobby, long-distance running. While Murakami writes that he worked over the text, it seems starkly unself-conscious (or poorly translated)—as when he talks about shining his running shoes. And yet this lack of guardedness as presented in Ray Porter's forthright and relaxed voice gives the book rare bite. Murakami isn't pushing his running, or his prose. "It doesn't matter what field you're talking about, beating somebody else just doesn't do it for me." If Murakami had a point to make, or if Porter had tried harder—had embellished the text or reached for an accent—this recording would fail. Instead it succeeds brilliantly. No secrets here, just the companionship of a dazzling intellect. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2008]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 9781433243875 $19.95 • Three cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433243882 $19.95 • Four CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 9781433243851 $24.95 • Three cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433243868 $33.00 • Four CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433243899 $19.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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