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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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    Howard PLANO, TX, United States 11-16-12
    Howard PLANO, TX, United States 11-16-12
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    "Dont pass this one up!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!
    It is a great book that will help you reach your goals!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Long... Because it is about him.


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

    All of them... Matthew Del Negro is a great Narrator... It is hard to believe he is not the Author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... But I think listing to it in multiple sittings is actually a better experience... It lets the story sink in!


    Any additional comments?

    Dont pass this book up!

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    Cyrus 10-31-12
    Cyrus 10-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not just a book about running....."
    Where does The Long Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily, among the top 3.


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

    There are so many to recall. Probably the final chapters where Matt Long describes his experience running the NY Marathon.


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

    Matthew Long


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Being a new runner, this book transformed my outlook toward running. Here I was with my niggling injuries and doubts, and then you had Matt Long, going through what he did, and not just recovering from his accident, but pushing through all obstacles and actually completing the NY marathon and the Ironman. Pure grit !!

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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 09-10-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Tough call, in some cases yes, but there are other ways in which Long's bitterness bleeds through his story in so many places that it infects the entire book. While he's done miraculous things to recover physically from devastating injuries and his will to persevere is amazing, throughout the book it's clear that his emotional healing and moving past/through the anger, resentments and bitterness continues to this day.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Long and Charles Butler ? Why or why not?

    I hope that Matthew continues his path of healing and if he writes another book to talk about his psycho-spiritual healing, I'd buy it. At this point it seems like he still has some healing to do.


    Do you think The Long Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yep, he needs to focus as much on his psycho-spiritual healing as he has on his physical healing. I'd really hope that Matthew finds a way to get out of his body and into his soul.


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    James Penton Canberra, Australia 07-15-12
    James Penton Canberra, Australia 07-15-12
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    "Could not stop listening"
    Where does The Long Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Inspiring, shows if you have a dream, desire then nothing can stop you achieving it


    What does Matthew Del Negro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Captured you and just drew you in


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Human 07-06-12
    Human 07-06-12
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    "READ THIS BOOK AND NEVER USE EXCUSES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Run to be better than the print version?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE FAMILY SUPPORTED EACH OTHER.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I CRIED WITH SADNESS AND JOY, DURING THE ENTIRE STORY.


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

    IT COULD BE WORSE


    Any additional comments?

    ANYONE WITH ANY PROBLEM, SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
    AND REEVALUATE THEIR LIFE !

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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.

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    Tiffany Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-07-12
    Tiffany Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    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 2014
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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 04-03-12
    Carla 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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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 2015
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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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