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
Yes, great encouragement for those long roads in front you. I personally found the story extremely engrossing. Very enjoyable story with real characters, brought to life with in a way that grips you.
The Long Run was a great listen. The narrator sounded like he could have authored the story - a rough New Yorker with some soft spots on the inside. I guess this enhanced the listen, but sometimes it was kind of distracting. Moments when it was especially distracting included anytime the author talked about his childhood and how his parents made it work with very little at times. The narrator makes the story sound exaggerated at times and the story really speaks for itself.
This book was uplifting and heartbreaking and then uplifting again. I've never, so badly, wanted the best for a complete stranger. Long seems like the kind of guy everyone loves, and there are moments in his story where you really empathize with not only his physical struggle to recovery, but the emotional, and social recovery too.
My only complaint with the story was that the author gets a little political, and I don't much agree with his politics. It could be frustrating when he would lay it on thick, but any political side comments were at least short.
I listened to this book while training for a marathon and it really inspired me to push myself and be thankful for the body and abilities I have. That's probably my biggest takeaway from the read - our bodies are amazing and we should be taking advantage of that every day.
Great listen for any one athlete. Or anyone that wants to be one.
It is a great book that will help you reach your goals!
Matt Long... Because it is about him.
All of them... Matthew Del Negro is a great Narrator... It is hard to believe he is not the Author.
Yes... But I think listing to it in multiple sittings is actually a better experience... It lets the story sink in!
Dont pass this book up!
Easily, among the top 3.
There are so many to recall. Probably the final chapters where Matt Long describes his experience running the NY Marathon.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspiring, shows if you have a dream, desire then nothing can stop you achieving it
Captured you and just drew you in
THE FAMILY SUPPORTED EACH OTHER.
I CRIED WITH SADNESS AND JOY, DURING THE ENTIRE STORY.
IT COULD BE WORSE
ANYONE WITH ANY PROBLEM, SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
AND REEVALUATE THEIR LIFE !
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.
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