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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160-Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail | [Jeff Alt]

A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160-Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail

Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family.
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Publisher's Summary

Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family. Walk alongside Alt and experience the joy of turning dreams into goals and then achieving them. His lessons from the trail celebrate family, stewardship of the earth, good health, and the American spirit.

©2012 Jeff Alt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Engaging.” (Newsday)

"Lively…Humorous...Upbeat...It will make you feel good. Alt’s zest for life shines through on every page. Alt’s words amply convey the camaraderie among fellow hikers, the beauty of the eastern mountains, and the physical hardships that must be endured on a walk of over 5 million steps…” (Outdoor Times )

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    Pamela M. Southern California 11-11-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 11-11-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "An Enjoyable Adventure!"

    I love reading about the challenges of through hiking on long trails like the AT & PCT. The wilderness, animals, weather and characters you meet along the way always pull me in. This story had it all. It was as if I was hiking right along with Jeff. He gave great detail of the Appalachian Trail and his experiences along the way.

    You could tell this book was written by a first time writer and there were some misspellings but I didn't care. Jeff is a good guy trying to do something great for someone he loves. I felt his story was interesting and heartfelt. It's worth the read /listen.

    If your looking for a super great book on hiking I recommend "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson (read it 3 times) or "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, a fantastic book!

    Ps.... if my reviews help you could you please click on helpful? I am starting to wonder if my time and efforts are worth it. Thank you

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 10-24-12
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 10-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thanks For The Great Trip Jeff"

    I love stories about epic journeys on foot, and the A.T is one of the most epic.
    Really enjoyed Jeff's good natured, upbeat, steady-paced telling of his journey, could totally visualise being on the trail and it was engaging from beginning to end. Loved hearing about the landscape and terrain, the psychological ups and downs, the hiking strategies, the fellow through hikers, the shelters and the towns along the way, all very entertaining. For a non-professional writer, Jeff writes very well.

    I'd already read Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods, and if you want lots of reseach, history and hilariousness I highly recommend that - but it was great to hear this story knowing that Jeff had made it all the way to the end. In fact there was barely a moment when he doubted he would, which I imagine is pretty rare on the A.T.

    As for tears and laughter - quite a few gentle laughs and just a few tears at the incredible acheivement of completion. If you like hearing about heroically long hikes over mountains and through forests, you should DEFINITELY get this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley M. 10-10-14
    Ashley M. 10-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Uplifting book"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Listening to this book made me so excited to start my own appalachian trail hike I would literally tear up (with anticipation) at my desk sometime.


    Any additional comments?

    It is obvious Jeff it not a professional writer, but the story is so great and well read his simplicity just fits. HIGHLY recommend if someone is planning their own thru-hike. The book focuses on the experience of hiking and interacting with individuals rather than a book about just the trial itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JW California 08-26-14
    JW California 08-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk for Sunshine the most enjoyable?

    I have also listened to Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods, which was enjoyable and, of course, funny. But, I enjoyed A Walk for Sunshine even more. It was upbeat adventure filled with something new in every chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing the stories about the other hikers and animal encounters. It was also very informative about how many hikers manage to walk the entire Appalachian Trail. It was also encouraging to hear about his support team, which seemed to make all the difference. And, great to know this was all done for a charity. Heartwarming!


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

    I listened to this book while doing my own daily walking, so I listened for about 1 hour per day. But, there were many days when I would get back home and continue to listen. I was glad that Jeff made it the entire way, but sorry to have the book end. Great listen through Audible!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Telford, PA, United States 05-22-13
    Christine Telford, PA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Teacher, Outdoor Sports Enthusiast

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

    Yes, good if you want to hike the AT


    What did you like best about this story?

    Author's positive attitude


    What didn’t you like about Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

    He sounds like a robot and has an annoying accent. Very dry and robotic.


    Was A Walk for Sunshine worth the listening time?

    Yes, up until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should have ended the book a couple paragraphs after reaching Maine. He goes on and on with repetitive inspirational drivel. This ruins the effect of a good ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dee South MS 07-06-14
    Dee South MS 07-06-14

    bookie

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    "It Doesn't Get Much More Inspiring than This!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Walk for Sunshine to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a book with my eyes in many years so I cannot answer this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of doing something so difficult to bring attention to a worthy cause. Determination!


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice. He sounds exactly like I would expect the main character to sound like.


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

    Yes. And I almost did exactly that!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading if you love walking books. I love these books about the AT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 07-30-13
    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I like post apocalyptic novels, zombie novels, fantasy, memoirs about war, novels about hiking and paranormal romcoms

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    "An amazing journey for a good cause"
    What did you love best about A Walk for Sunshine?

    I loved the whole adventure on the trail, the people that Wrongfoot interacts with. The one thing that stands out of course is that he walk's for a cause greater then just self satisfaction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He tells about every aspect of his journey on and off the trail. The fund raising and the conclusion to his Triumph of the AT. I really liked the end of the book where after the trail is ended he kind of does a Q&A bit. Talks about the physical challenge vs the mental on the trail and Hiking with children. Being a new father I listen attentively to his every word.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His friend's dog and it's distaste for dog back packs.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have read a few books based around the AT and the PCT and I always have mixed feelings about when some one completes their hike. I can't imagine what it's like to do that. Be on a trail for 6 months and then try to go back to the "real world." and be able to adapt.


    Any additional comments?

    Kirby Heyborne did a great job with the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 12-19-12
    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up A Walk for Sunshine in three words, what would they be?

    this is a great book about the Appalachian tail and should be thought of as a good reading id for anyone who is thinking of taken it on


    What did you like best about this story?

    even if you have slon this book you should send some mone y to the sunshine hosue


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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