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by Geoff Williams | Read by Robertson Dean

In the 1920s, Americans embraced endurance contests— from marathon dances to flagpole sitting and more. In 1928, publicist C.C. Pyle, armed with big dreams as well as a big mouth, organized an ambitious race: a California-to-New York run, with runners averaging more than a marathon a day. Dozens of runners—with limited training knowledge—entered. Robertson Dean recounts the experiences of many of the runners in a deep and folksy tone. As for Pyle, it’s as if you can hear the showman pitching his ideas while talking out of the side of his mouth. It’s a style that is totally appropriate for the man whose financial troubles shadowed him every step of the way. Dean carries the story of the race well, his bass voice clearly bringing this slice of Americana to life. M.B. 2014 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine