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  • Running Is a Kind of Dreaming

  • A Memoir
  • By: J. M. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Running Is a Kind of Dreaming

By: J. M. Thompson
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A powerful, breathtaking memoir about a young man's descent into madness, and how running saved his life.

“Voluntary or involuntary?” asked the nurse who admitted J. M. Thompson to a San Francisco psychiatric hospital in January 2005. Following years of depression, ineffective medication, and therapy that went nowhere, Thompson feared he was falling into an inescapable darkness. He decided that death was his only exit route from the torture of his mind. After a suicide attempt, he spent weeks confined on the psych ward, feeling scared, alone, and trapped. One afternoon during an exercise break he experienced a sudden urge. “Run," I thought. "Run before it’s too late and you’re stuck down there. Right now. Run."

The impulse that starts with sprints across a hospital rooftop turns into all night runs in the mountains. Through motion and immersion in the beauty of nature, Thompson finds a way out of the hell of depression and drug addiction. Step by step, mile by mile, his body and mind heal. In this lyrical, vulnerable, and breathtaking memoir, J. M. Thompson, now a successful psychologist, retraces the path that led him from despair to wellness, detailing the chilling childhood trauma that caused his depression, and the unorthodox treatment that saved him. Running Is a Kind of Dreaming is a luminous literary testament to the universal human capacity to recover from our deepest wounds.

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Much more than a book about Running

Such an enjoyable listen, dark and sad at times but very honest & inspirational.

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Interesting and educational

An absorbing personal account of a difficult subject. The counterpoint with the ultramarathon and JM's journey through mental health and addiction is skilfully managed. It comes over slightly self indulgent occasionally but it did give me a new insight into depression and the addict's selfish chaos, subjects I knew little about. Well narrated.

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  • 12-06-22

A true and vulnerable story about mental illness

Although the jumps between scenes were a little disjointed, I got the hang of it after awhile and really got into this book! The author courageously shares his struggle with his mom’s “madness” and his own depression. This book is beautifully written, with lots of little gems of unique insight. It also surprisingly made me want to run!