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The Walk | [Lee Goldberg]

The Walk

It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. It will be days before help can arrive. Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth.
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Publisher's Summary

It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.

Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.

All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it's not that easy.

His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. Aftershocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets. There's no power. No running water. No order.

Marty Slack thinks he's prepared. He's wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be... if he can survive The Walk.

©2009 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 10-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    I was hesitant & skeptical at first because the main character is so hard to like. However, if you keep listening and can get past some of the crude humor, the book has some hilarious parts. The author does a great job of putting Marty through the ringer without going too far. The ending is sad, happy and has a nice twist (I had my suspicions but the author did a great job of throwing me off.)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 06-04-12
    Terry 06-04-12
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    I really liked this! I was a little unsure at first and had to learn to love the main character Marty, or at least learn to like him. There were a few things that didn't make sense, but all in all it tied together. The way the book ended was a little disappointing. The idea behind it was really good - it just would have been better if there had been a little lead in to it and a little after story. This book was interesting and entertaining and has given me a few things to think about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Putnam CT 09-12-13
    Mike Putnam CT 09-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.

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    "A great listen. exactly what the summary promised"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    I drive a truck so reading and driving tends to upset people. I found this book awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buck steals the show with is great insults and one liners


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Luke did a great job in all characters, but Buck gets my nod. Marty of course is the main character and everyone that was introduced had a different voice, even woman and children had their own voice. A command performance.


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

    Mr. Buck Weaver licensed bounty hunter. Because I would be able to experience the Buck Weaver experience which is different for guys then it is for women.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about the Big One, the earthquake all Californians are concerned about, and that is exactly what the summary said it would be and the 30 mile walk there after.
    Luke Daniels gives a performance not just a narrator, from the cocky presents of Buck to the snotty TV executive Marty to any character introduced. His reading placed images of each person speaking. A+++

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-06-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Redeems itself in the end"

    For a while I was not sure I was going to stay with this book to the end, it seemed hokey and the characters did not appeal to me, but there was enough action and interesting encounters to keep me involved. Then I actually turned a curve and began to like the book, and the ending is unique and I really liked how it turned out. I think the writers aim in the beginning is to present a character that you are supposed to dislike, then move him from one epiphany to the next as events overtake him on his trek home through disaster until he is finally redeemed, and the author accomplishes this. There is a great twist in the ending that I did not see coming and it is one that I really liked.
    I thought this was going to be a prepper story, and on some level in the background mostly it is, but it is more of an action story, still if you are a prepper you will like the author's description of events and the main characters attempts to deal with them is decently crafted.
    I would say this is a recommend with the advice of staying with the book until you understand what the author is trying to do with the story, it is worth the effort in the end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 06-15-12
    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great read!"

    This booked kept me fully engaged! The characters were great and realistic and the narration was spot on! I would highly recommend this book. If you liked Alas Babylon, my thoughts are you would also enjoy this book!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sugarpucker 04-27-15
    Sugarpucker 04-27-15 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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    "Fun and Introspection"

    This is my first Lee Goldberg book. It was very enjoyable. The main character lives through 'The Big One' in California and spends the book trying to make it home to his wife. The journey takes you through his internal journey as he makes discoveries about himself and his life. But reading it just feels fun, eventful and entertaining. There're gun fights, explosions, crazy people and bodily functions. Very fun, but with the added bonus of emotional enlightenment. Good stuff.

    Luke Daniels is the narrator. If you have read my other reviews, you know I have a complete talent crush on Luke Daniels. He is amazing. Listen to anything he narrates. You will find it enjoyable. Seriously. He's that amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT! "

    I absolutely loved this book! this was my first book doing audio and it was fantastic! loved the guy who narrated it he was fabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 02-19-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 02-19-14 Member Since 2014

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "I hate walking but liked this walk"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    Haven't seen the print version


    What other book might you compare The Walk to and why?

    This isn't a typical end of the world type book. It isn't a howto guide. It isn't a political statement. It doesn't involve zombies. So with books doing the rounds at the moment I haven't seen any to compare it to.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The way he made me feel as though the world/God/higher power/life was out to get him. The twist and turns as a result of that


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

    I take his wife because she sounds hot hehehe


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The Walk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buck, if I told you it would ruin a wonderful aspect of the story.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection and pace.


    If you could rename The Walk, what would you call it?

    nothing, I love the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. The main character, Martin Slack, is just a normal guy who is unhappy in his marriage and not thrilled with his line of work. Following the quake that levels LA Martin is forced to trek across the destroyed city and it's multitude of horrors in an effort to be reunited with his wife. Along the way he is tested and pushed further than he ever imagined he could handle and is joined by a professional bounty hunter named Buck who seems to exist only to needle and torment Martin.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 01-02-14
    Jan 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Unbearable"

    Premise could have been great EOWAWKI read.... but "Buck" a main character uses 3-4 swear words in each sentence he utters, and his name rhymes with the most constant. There is a fixation on all forms of elimination, reproductive organs and if the female characters have a bra on or not. I was so surprised the writer of the Monk series would ruin a plot with so much needless crud... sure life has some swear words but this is ridiculous. Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots, Survivors, Swan Song, Earth Abides... I would sooner listen to The End or Lucifer's Hammer, both books I didn't really care for... this was the worst.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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