From A Marathoner’s Point of View

With over 100,000 visitors to the Marine Corps Marathon Expo this past weekend, our debut presence was quite a success.  The expo began Friday morning, kicking off an exciting weekend of discussions with thousands of runners and spectators.  From active military members to retired vets to family members and runners in general, we had great conversations about audiobooks and the different ways people listen.  We received comments like “I always listen while I run—I have my book all queued up for Sunday’s race already!” to “That’s such a great idea! I usually listen to music but sometimes I get so bored so I’ll definitely give this a try.”  We offered up Revolutionary Summer, by Joseph J. Ellis, as a complimentary full audiobook download and it was very well received.  Some of the other popular titles that were mentioned as really entertaining for long runs were Relentless, Fight Club, and, of course, our beloved Lee Child.  We heard from several runners that Dick Hill has gotten them through more tough runs than they can count.  So if you have any big races coming up give running with an audiobook a try—and look for us at the expo, we may be there promoting our titles with our ever popular prize wheel—and maybe we’ll even be running too!  If anything were going to inspire us, the Marine Corps Marathon would certainly be it.

If you’re looking for a great listen for an upcoming run, give one of these popular titles a try:

Chase the Lion
Quit playing it safe and start running toward the roar. 

When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message. run away. That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers.
Flags of Our Fathers
Author:
In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.