During the Depression, the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months. The American sports establishment, however, is desperate to crush what it sees as a professional challenge to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Every day is therefore a struggle for survival, for Flanagan himself as well as the runners. Flanagan’s Run is an epic tale, and a testimony to the strength of the human spirit.
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Engaging story, brilliantly narrated
Brilliantly read, cheaply written
Real characters, subtlety, insight into the depression, such as in "They shoot horses don't they?".
It was almost worth listening to for the wonderful performance of Rupert Degas. Unfortunately it is the literary equivalent of a cartoon - no genuine characterisation, no subtlety, just cheap drama.