List of 41 Audiobooks to Listen to While Running
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|26 Marathons||Meb Keflezighi, Scott Douglas||Holter Graham||Biography||
When Meb Keflezighi – the first person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon medal – ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career. 26 Marathons takes listeners on those legendary races, along every hill, bend, and unexpected turn of events that made each marathon an exceptional learning experience.
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||William Shakespeare||Richard Burton||Fiction||The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night's Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.|
|Anna and the French Kiss||Stephanie Perkins||Kim Mai||Novel, Romance||Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian, and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.|
|Anna Karenina||Leo Tolstoy||Maggie Gyllenhaal||Fiction||"Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. But when I agreed to read it for Audible, I had no idea how much work it would be, how intense it would be, and how deeply I would fall in love with it.... I feel like performing this novel is one of the major accomplishments of my work life – it was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure." – Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal|
|Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen||Christopher McDougall||Fred Sanders||Biography||Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.|
|Bridget Jones's Diary||Helen Fielding||Imogen Church||Romance||
Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement – a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
|Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race Against Time||Ida Keeling||Lisa Renee Pitts||Biography||
Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is the memoir of 104-year-old world-record-holding runner Ida Keeling. After Keeling’s two sons were brutally murdered, justice was never found. Keeling felt like she didn’t have the strength to carry on, and she couldn’t hope anymore. But, encouraged by her daughter, Ida put on her first pair of running shoes at the age of 67 and began to chase the paralyzing sorrow from her heart.
|Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life||Sanya Richards-Ross||Sanya Richards-Ross||Biography||"For as long as I can remember, life has been measured in seconds. The fewer, the better." Most people equate success with having more, but Richards-Ross' quest was always for less. She started running track as a little girl in Jamaica and began competing when she was only seven. At 31, she's had a career's worth of conditioning to run a 400-meter race in 50 seconds, hopefully 49, or, even better, 48.|
|Eat and Run||Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman||Scott Jurek||Biography||For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force in the world of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, and many others. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.|
|Emma||Jane Austen||James Yaegashi||Fiction||Emma is one of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.|
|Faithful Place||Tana French||Tim Gerard Reynolds||Mystery, Thriller & Suspense||In 1985, Frank Mackey was a 19-year-old kid with a dream of running away from his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective, is going home whether he likes it or not.|
|Finding Ultra||Rich Roll||Rich Roll||Biography||The night before he was to turn 40, Roll experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Plunging into a new way of eating and daily training, Roll morphed from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, he embarked on a light jog and found himself running a near marathon.|
|How to Lose a Marathon||Joel A. Cohen||Nicholas Techosky||Humor||In How to Lose a Marathon, Joel Cohen takes listeners on a step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to being a couch potato who can finish a marathon. Through a hilarious combination of running tips and narrative, Cohen breaks down the misery that is forcing yourself to run.|
|Into the Furnace||Cory Reese, Luke Thoreson||Cory Reese||Biography||Into the Furnace explores the inner workings of bravery, hope, and passion. These themes are framed against the backdrop of the Badwater Ultramarathon – a 135-mile race across the hottest place on the planet, Death Valley. Cory Reese has walked into the furnace. He has faced adversity, both in running and in life. His book captures the essence of what it means to suffer, persevere, and ultimately, create a life of clarity and purpose.|
|Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)||Mindy Kaling||Michael Schur||Biography||If you want to know what Kaling thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages), you’ve come to the right book, mostly!|
|Let Your Mind Run||Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton||Deena Kastor||Biography||Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method – run as hard as possible, for fear of losing – brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she moved to Alamosa, Colorado, where she encountered the notion that shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible.|
|Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports||Kathrine Switzer||Kathrine Switzer||Biography||Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering woman in sports.|
|My Year of Running Dangerously||Tom Foreman||Tom Foreman||Biography||My Year of Running Dangerously is Tom Foreman's journey through four half marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running. Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible.|
|Once a Runner||John L. Parker Jr.||Patrick Lawlor||Fiction||
Once a Runner is the story of Quenton Cassidy, a collegiate runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the political and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school's athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes' protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team.
|Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe||Becky Wade||Allyson Ryan||Biography||From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her yearlong exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia – nine countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running – investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world.|
|Running Home||Katie Arnold||Katie Arnold||Biography||For over a decade, Katie Arnold chased adventure around the world, reporting on extreme athletes who performed outlandish feats – walking high lines 1,000 feet off the ground without a harness, or running 100 miles through the night. She wrote her stories by living them. After she married, Katie and her husband vowed to raise their daughters to be adventurous, too. But when her father died of cancer, she was forced to confront her own mortality.|
|Running Like a Girl||Alexandra Heminsley||Elizabeth Sastre||Biography||Until five years ago, Alexandra Heminsley was decidedly not a runner. Nor was she athletic in any sense of the word. She was an ordinary, curvy woman who was convinced that sports of any kind, especially running, were beyond her. But she's made running part of her life, and gets to reap the rewards: not just the obvious things, like a touch of weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-belief and immeasurable daily pleasure.|
|Running Man||Charlie Engle||Charlie Engle||Biography||Running Man is a compulsively listenable, remarkably candid memoir from world-class ultramarathon runner Charlie Engle chronicling his globe-spanning races, his record-breaking run across the Sahara Desert, and how running helped him overcome drug addiction and an unjust stint in federal prison.|
|Running to the Edge||Matthew Futterman||René Ruiz||Biography||In the dusty hills above San Diego, Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach. Starting with a ragtag group of high school cross country and track runners, Larsen set out on a decades-long quest to find the secret of running impossibly fast, for longer distances than anyone thought possible.|
|Running with the Kenyans||Adharanand Finn||John Lee||Biography||Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners – and put them to the test – combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.|
|Running with the Mind of Meditation||Sakyong Mipham||Neil Hellegers||Self-help book||As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. He's been trained in horsemanship and martial arts but has a special love for running. Here, he incorporates his spiritual practice with running, presenting basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed.|
|Running: A Love Story||Jen A. Miller||Randye Kaye||Biography||As the 2008 recession hit, Miller quickly found herself with a newly purchased home, a fading freelance business, and an alcoholic boyfriend. To avoid slipping into an even deeper depression, she took to the streets. Over the course of a few short years and hundreds of miles, Miller fell in love with running, and in doing so found a way to fall out of love with the wrong kind of men and back in love with herself.|
|The Count of Monte Cristo||Alexandre Dumas||Bill Homewood||Fiction||On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Château d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.|
|The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time||Mark Haddon||Jeff Woodman||Fiction||Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger syndrome. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles with definite answers. One night, he observes that the neighbor's dog has been killed. He has never left his street on his own before, but now he'll have to in order to find out who killed the dog.|
|The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Clare Corbett||Thrillers & Suspense||Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. And then she sees something shocking. Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Douglas Adams||Stephen Fry||Fiction||Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.|
|The Importance of Being Earnest||Oscar Wilde||James Marsters||Fiction||This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.|
|The Incomplete Book of Running||Peter Sagal||Peter Sagal||Biography||On the verge of turning 40, Peter Sagal – brainiac Harvard grad, short, bald Jew with a disposition toward heft, and a sedentary star of public radio – started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running 14 marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles all over the US and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings.|
|The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion||Catriona Menzies-Pike||Olivia Mackenzie-Smith||Biography||Thirty-year-old Catriona Menzies-Pike defined herself in many ways: voracious reader, pub crawler, feminist, backpacker, and, since her parents' deaths a decade earlier, orphan. "Runner" was nowhere near the list. Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim, she found herself an instant convert.|
|The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training||Dawn Dais||Dawn Dais||Self-help book||Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she set off to complete a marathon.|
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Steven Chbosky||Noah Galvin||Fiction||
The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows "wallflower" Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
|The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience||Jennifer Pharr Davis||Jennifer Pharr Davis||Autobiography||The more a sport requires endurance, the less significant the gap between women's capabilities and men's capabilities becomes. Record-holding endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis explores what makes women uniquely successful in the growing sport of endurance hiking and how those lessons can allow women to push themselves past their limits and to challenge their body, mind, and life.|
|The Turn of the Screw||Henry James||Emma Thompson||Horror||
Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?
|Ultramarathon Man||Dean Karnazes||James Yaegashi||Biography||Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.|
|Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption||Laura Hillenbrand||Edward Herrmann||Biography||On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.|
|What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir||Haruki Murakami||Ray Porter||Biography||In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and – even more important – on his writing.|