The Outrun

  • by Amy Liptrot
  • Narrated by Tracy Wiles
  • 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life.
As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Overall, a well written and read book.

What made the experience of listening to The Outrun the most enjoyable?

Hearing about the birds on Orkney and other islands.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outrun?

Can't think of 1.

Have you listened to any of Tracy Wiles’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hearing about some of Amy's experiences with depression and some of her thoughts, I can relate to.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this book is well written and read and I found her journey to becoming and remaining sober interesting, but I found it a little boring at the end and I feel awkward saying that about a story that is actually real life.

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- jillian grant

An important listen, but a little haphazard

Dealing with an addiction is no mean feat, it's an illness as Amy Liptrot explains in this memoir where she battles alcoholism. Some of the incidents are truly horrifying, not because of what she does to herself, but more so what the illness does to her and as a result her life spirals downwards. And while that part I can truly engage with, the random long explanations about her newfound passions for astronomy, sea and bird life seems to go off in a tangent.

You can definitely recognise her addictive personality manifesting in new hobbies, and obsessing in the same way. And at least that's healthier, but as a reader, I seemed to lose concentration on her rural lifestyle. Very good insight into mental health and addiction though.
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- Suswati

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2016
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd