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The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon | [Matthew Long, Charles Butler]

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

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. This book 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.
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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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    Average Guy Midwest, EARTH 06-22-12
    Average Guy Midwest, EARTH 06-22-12

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    "Most inspirational book I've ever read. Period."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Run to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Long...my new hero.


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

    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.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry. Moments of great sadness, and moments of overwhelming joy.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany LAREDO, TX, United States 05-07-12
    Tiffany LAREDO, TX, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspirational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrarator was AWESOME! I have listened to many audiobooks and some were ruined not by the content but by the annoying narration.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Del Negro – was your favorite?

    Matt Long


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

    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


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    Lydia Crain Tucson, AZ United States 04-16-12
    Lydia Crain Tucson, AZ United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Intense and Inspiring"

    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.

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    Carla palmer, AK, United States 04-03-12
    Carla palmer, AK, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Motivational!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matty Long - He is amazing and full of inspiration.


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

    Stop complaining & get moving!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff GROVE CITY, PA, United States 03-22-12
    Jeff GROVE CITY, PA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the time to listen"
    Would you listen to The Long Run again? Why?

    Yes it is about real people and real life. Motivativating, inspiring, and attention gabbing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Del Negro – was your favorite?

    Again Matty Long


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

    The tough love his mother and father showed when Matt needed it the most, and then Matt telling his mother it was for her!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-12
    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You don't have to be a runner to read this. . ."
    If you could sum up The Long Run in three words, what would they be?

    Courage. Endurance. Encouragement.


    What other book might you compare The Long Run to and why?

    Wow. I don't think anything else comes close.


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

    His transparency. His honesty.


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

    I laughed. I cried. I cringed. I sat silent, at times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Steven Redding, CA, United States 10-29-11
    Steven Redding, CA, United States 10-29-11
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    "Purely Amazing"

    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.

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    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 10-20-11
    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 10-20-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Very motivational"

    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.

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    Simon Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 04-09-11
    Simon Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 04-09-11
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    "It'll make you cringe at times (in a good way)"

    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.

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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 04-30-11
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Long book."

    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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