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The Long Run Audiobook

The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

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Publisher's Summary

On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery.

In addition to his physical injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 premier athletic events and had qualified for running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, one doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is the emotional and incredibly honest story of Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

©2010 Matthew Long (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer 09-12-15
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    "Beyond Inspirational"

    This story will make you laugh and cry, but most importantly it will inspire you and give you the perspective and push you need to accomplish whatever challenge you are facing.

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    Ashley 04-11-15
    Ashley 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This will inspire you to run"

    listened to this book while training for a marathon it was the perfect story to help get through those hard days.

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    Kindle Customer Elizabethtown, PA 17022 01-05-15
    Kindle Customer Elizabethtown, PA 17022 01-05-15
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    "Amazing!!"

    Wonderful story of God's grace on a person who suffered so much yet never gave up. Matt long is an inspiration to us all.

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    Fernando Henriques 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"

    Great book, inpowerment and motivational. Show how small are our regular problems and how we can achieve greatness if we really want and chase, focus and dedicate ourselves to achieve it.

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 09-17-14
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Everything in New York is not Really Amazing"

    Like many books about living in New York City, the author treats absolutely everything that happens in a normal person's life like it is amazing just because it happened in New York. If the same events were told of a person living in Iowa, it would be called boring.

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    Emily 09-11-14
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    "COURAGEOUS AND POSI ++ YOLO"
    Would you listen to The Long Run again? Why?

    Truly inspirational. If you didn't feel like you had to go and achieve something after listening to this well then you are not normal. Feeling all the POSI vibes from Matthew. ++


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Matthew set himself a goal and no matter what he found a way to achieve it. Living the true YOLO lifestyle


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    Betina Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Betina Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting insight into New York & very inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Run to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio so much if it was in print I would have read the book through the night! Well put together and inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Long and all his family and buddies!


    What about Matthew Del Negro’s performance did you like?

    Rough sexy voice!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Long run


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of insights, importance of family and friends! Reminds me how much I love running! Most interesting part for me as a South African woman living in Maputo it was so interesting learning re NY! Only thing missing was - did he meet girl of his dreams yet?

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    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 01-28-14
    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 01-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Just love books.

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    "Incredible"
    What made the experience of listening to The Long Run the most enjoyable?

    The narration was good, the story incredible!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Run?

    I like the fact that Mathew Long didn't cover the fact that at times he had a bad attitude about the situation he found himself in but he eventually found his way. We are not all positive thinkers all of the time as the experts like to tell us to be.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at the marathon. What an achievement.


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    Kerri Courtenay, BC, Canada 07-10-13
    Kerri Courtenay, BC, Canada 07-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding and Motivating!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Run to be better than the print version?

    Excellent book and so inspiring. So great to listen to while out for a bike ride or a run.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the blackest points in his life and how he managed to crawl back up and keep trying.


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    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 04-24-13
    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "New to Running"
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    This book is very inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I know of his family and have spent time with his father, This book kept me wanting to listen and run more. I enjoyed the narrators take on his accent and found it endearing. His story is truelly awe inspiring. The ups and downs paint a great picture.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book was emotional at times, but it doesn't stick to a low point for any length of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for anyone who likes to be inspired, who needs to be reminded of how blessed they are. Would be good for a younger person too.

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    4/13/13
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    "Truly Inspirational"

    This one of those books you could truly sit and listen to in one go. For Matt to survive his horrific accident was one thing, both physically and mentally, but to then go on and compete in those events is remarkable. This story helps you from sweating the small stuff and to go out there and achieve whatever you want to, in any walk of life.

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  • morag
    east kilbride, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Inspiring!"

    I loved this book . I've just started running and entering triathlons and this book gave me the inspiration to push myself and my goals. Matt has overcome some huge obstacles, his grit and determination is an ax ample to everyone attempting a new challenge. Full of love, supportive family, failures and incredible indurance it'll give you the jolt to get you across any finish line !

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  • heather
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/15/12
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    "inspirational"

    i really cannot express just how fantastic i found this book; what an incredible story. i have to say listening to the journey matthew long endured not only amazed me but also encouraged my to continue persuing my exercise schedule; on a cold rainy night i would listen to the long run whilst jogging the streets of manchester and it made my runs almost fun!!



    i enjoyed the long run so much i have bought a paperback copy for two relatives for christmas and hope they will find it as inspirational as me!

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  • Mark
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
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    "Inspiring"

    Great story and very motivational. The narrator does a good job and the emotion of the author comes through. Recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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