Flanagan's Run

  • by Tom McNab
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

This engaging story is superbly narrated by Rupert Degas who, yet again, brings characters to life by endowing each with a unique identity reflecting their background, age and gender.

Flanagan’s Run, which is set in the great depression, is a fairly light-hearted yarn charting the progress of a handful of runners who attempt the heroic task of completing the gruelling trans-America foot race in search of fortune and fame. Perfect holiday reading.
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- JanAtNotts

Brilliantly read, cheaply written

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Real characters, subtlety, insight into the depression, such as in "They shoot horses don't they?".


Any additional comments?

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.

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- hfffoman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2010
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks