What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Haruki Murakami

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2008

Duration: 4 hours 25 minutes


Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

Translated by Philip Gabriel

"Murakami's power to imagine is breathtaking."-Boston Globe


  • Ariel Haug

    As much about writing and creativity as it is about running. Great book with excellent narration.