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The Walk | [Richard Paul Evans]

The Walk

What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.
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Publisher's Summary

What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life and inspire yours.

Richard Paul Evans' extraordinary New York Times best sellers have made him one of the worlds most beloved storytellers. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man's search for hope.

©2010 Richard Paul Evans (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 05-30-11
    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent a Must Read"

    What a great book. It left me with a very nice feeling knowing we are all on our walk and have yet to meet all the people we are to meet. I cannot wait to read the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Chelmsford, MA, United States 05-03-11
    Beth Chelmsford, MA, United States 05-03-11 Member Since 2004
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    "A story of Hope"

    Over the last week I've been listening to "The Walk" during my morning walks and it's been a great match. I've looked forward to the next installment each day, and I'll be downloading the next book. This isn't a flashy tale, just a story of a man facing Job-like challenges, his life stripped away to nothing, working his way back to meaning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda gardnerville, NV, United States 04-23-10
    Linda gardnerville, NV, United States 04-23-10
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    "Tedious"

    The Walk proceeds at a snail's pace chronicling fast food meals and minute details of various small towns on one man's journey of what I assume will be self-discovery ... if he doesn't commit suicide out of sheer tedium first. Hated it!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 04-23-10
    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 04-23-10
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    "JUST OKAY..."

    This was not one of my favorite books by Richard Evans. This book was kind of like the gift if you listened to it. He left everything and started this walk and he never finished the walk before something happened to him. The book really does not have an ending. You have to just have to make your own ending. This book was not the worse I have heard but not really the best EITHER.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 05-21-14
    Trish Virginia 05-21-14 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Quite Enjoyable!"

    Honestly, I had no idea this was the first book in a series. When I finished listening, I was disappointed that the "Walk" had barely started, but the story had taken a turn, and it really did wrap things up nicely. When searching for other books by Richard Paul Evans, I discovered this was Book 1 of 5!! I was very happy, because I was really enjoying the journey. I am currently finishing up Book 2, and have just purchased Book 3. I think that is probably the best recommendation there is! That, and talking about it with others--Done!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rashelle 02-07-14
    Rashelle 02-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One Man's Journey"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    I do. I think it makes the main character seem more real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Walk?

    I don't know that there was a most memorable. The whole story is important - even the little things that didn't seem important at the time become an important part of the journey.


    What does Richard Paul Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The gentleness in his voice and the desire to persevere.


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

    When one is lost, there are unexpected ways to be found.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this and am so excited that there are more books in the series. I am excited to see the growth of the character. He seems real to me and makes me want to find that growth in my personal life as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Kenosha, WI, United States 06-18-13
    Katherine Kenosha, WI, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "exceptional, this book should be a movie!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    They both offer something unique. The audio offers the story told in the author's own voice complete with inflections and nuances you wouldn't get in print. The print version offers drawings of maps and a layout like a diary to help put the visual picture together with the story. So I guess the best experience would be to listen to the audiobook while following along in the print book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan, the main character. What an insightful character!


    Which character – as performed by Richard Paul Evans – was your favorite?

    Alan, see the answer above


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

    It all was moving, but especially the epilogue at the end of the book. The author has the special ability to sum up several ideas in as few words as possible, and the right words are chosen. It is a remarkable talent.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm on the third book in the series, The Road To Grace, and each book just makes you keep coming back and reading more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carole A. Mauloff Geneva, IL USA 11-05-12
    Carole A. Mauloff Geneva, IL USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This is a wonderful story!"
    Would you listen to The Walk again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again and actually, bought and am listening to book 2 in the series of 3. It is equally delightful as the story continues.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is very likable even though the plot is sometimes a little unbelievable. It is one of those stories that compels the reader to keep reading to find out what happens next!


    What about Richard Paul Evans???s performance did you like?

    He doesn't use fake or goofy voices that interfere with listening because they are obnoxious.


    If you could take any character from The Walk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character as I would want to offer him some suggestions for making his life a little easier.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author and read everything he writes. His books make me feel uplifted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York, NY, United States 07-18-11
    Amazon Customer New York, NY, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2010

    drrhonda

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    "Fast Food Walk"

    I listened to this book while in the pool trying to work off a few calories. Boy was that a mistake! Although ostensibly about a man's search for meaning in his life, it comes off as a man's search for the World's Greatest Milkshake. Although not orginally as put off as others by this light piece of inner turmoil journal, I found it less enjoyable once I found out it was a novel, not a real journal, and read poorly by the author. If the story isn't your true life story, let someone who can give the story a bit of life read it. Trust me, there are plenty of good actors out there who work for next to nothing doing this kind of work. And they are really, really good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Beverly Hills, FL, United States 04-21-11
    Aaron Beverly Hills, FL, United States 04-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "good book"

    this book was good for the first in the series. I wanted to know what was going to happen next as i listened. i hope the next book keeps my interest as good as this one. It was a bit short though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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