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
I thought Matthew Del Negro was an excellent narrator. In fact, I'd say he was absolutely perfect to read this story, accent and all. This was one of the times, listening was more powerful than reading.
Matt Long...my new hero.
Next to Scott Brick, Del Negro is my favorite narrator. His voice is very natural. You never felt he was reading, but telling the story.
This book made me laugh and cry. Moments of great sadness, and moments of overwhelming joy.
Everybody who thinks they can't, they're too old, too overweight, too injured, to sick...etc. to push yourself and get healthy needs this book. They NEED this book.
It is an inspirational story and nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it would be more exercise and diet based but I was pleasantly surprised with this vivid description of how will power is more important than 100 doctor estimations of recovery.
The narrarator was AWESOME! I have listened to many audiobooks and some were ruined not by the content but by the annoying narration.
some parts made me laugh and some made me cry so is the rollercoaster tale of recovery after such tragedy. I think the parts where he recalls 9/11 were the most difficult
The Long Run is an amazing story about Matt Long's life -- his athleticism, his values, his courage, and his dogged determination to choose the life he wants to live. It is amazing what the human body and human spirit can overcome when one gives persistent effort and surrenders to the support of loved ones and a team of amazing therapists/coaches.
Matty Long - He is amazing and full of inspiration.
Stop complaining & get moving!
Don't read this if you want to stay a couch potato. This motivated me to sign up for a marathon, so look out if you listen to it. The possibilities are endless.
Yes it is about real people and real life. Motivativating, inspiring, and attention gabbing.
Has to be Matty Long and his fortitude and never say never mentality....even in the face of outstanding odds. The man had a 5% chance of living let alone what he has accomplished.
Again Matty Long
The tough love his mother and father showed when Matt needed it the most, and then Matt telling his mother it was for her!
If you run or thinking of running a must read .... Motivation for me as a new runner at the right time. I relate to real people and real events and that is this book!
Courage. Endurance. Encouragement.
Wow. I don't think anything else comes close.
His transparency. His honesty.
I laughed. I cried. I cringed. I sat silent, at times.
I tackled some tough stuff in my life after listening to this book.I love Matt's motto. . .No longer will I wish. . .No longer will I want. . .from now on. . .I will.
This book was at times heart wrenching, hilarious, and sad. It kept me entertained the entire time and I recommend this book to anyone interested in a amazing story.
Bought this book for a friend who had a car accident and became a quadriplegic in June. He wanted to hear people's stories who had overcome great obstacles. This book is such as story. I listened to it, and was so motivated I began working out and running. I'm still going strong several weeks later, and I've now picked through all of Audible's fitness bios. Even if you aren't interested in fitness, it's a great read.
When the author details what he went through - the accident, the surgeries, and so on - your gut will clench up and you'll audibly gasp. Very much enjoyed this book. Well balanced and the use of a New Yorker to narrate worked very well, you can really hear Matt Long's own voice come through narrator Del Negro.
This would make a great short story. I should have skipped the unabridged on this one. Interesting guy. Inspiring what he went through. Just WAY too much detail.
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