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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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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.
I am not a runner, but I loved this book. The characters are so real, the story an interesting one, narrator did a great job. Definately a 5 star listen. I hope to see more from this author.
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I started this book hoping to be inspired by the running. What I discovered was far more than a simple novel on running. (I have run 2 marathons, once beating Oprah Winfrey in the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon. Normally you just want to finish, but who wants to get beat by Oprah!)
In Forest Gump fashion, the 3000 mile race takes in most of the historical American figures of the 1930s. There's Mary Pickford, Douglass Fairbanks, Will Rogers, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone and Frank Nitty, J Edgar Hoover just to name a few.
Author Tom McNab creates some of the most colorful characters I've experienced since McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Each person is motivated by their own circumstances, well written by a master story teller. He does a wonderful job creating a competition between runners that kept me riveted to the end.
If a similar event was held today there would be little fanfare. Pulling off such an event in 1931, with the world in a depression and corruption rampant throughout America, would require more than a few miracles. Once again McNab delivers in Lonesome Dove style with a group of people who must overcome disaster after disaster to reach their final goal.
Rupert Degas handles a myriad of diverse voices together with a great deal of suspense as well as any one I've heard.
This one gets 5 stars on great characters and just plain fun!
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