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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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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12
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    "Nope, nope, nope."
    What would have made The Walk better?

    A better reader.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Goldberg’s story?

    Only listened to the first part of it, and it didn't catch me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    Just can't recommend it.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 02-19-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 02-19-14 Member Since 2013

    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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 01-02-14
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 04-19-13
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    deedeeg

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    "Buck"

    I liked the premise of this story and the narrator is a favorite of mine as I loved his narration of The Iron Druid. What I didn't like about this story was Buck. Buck is about as annoying of a character as they come. He comes off way too strong and by contrast, Marty is much too passive. I understand why this dynamic was necessary as I figured out the twist to the story by the halfway point. Overall it was just OK for me but I think most people would probably enjoy the Walk, so I would recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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