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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

    26 of 26 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.

    8 of 8 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!


    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Daniel Smith Glade Spring, VA USA 08-19-15
    Richard Daniel Smith Glade Spring, VA USA 08-19-15 Member Since 2009

    Love a good thriller!

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    "A Pleasant way to pass some time"
    Would you listen to A Walk for Sunshine again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoy hiking myself, live near the AT and enjoy the subject.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The personal struggle with the trail itself.
    Some of the minute details of the fundraising.


    What aspect of Kirby Heyborne’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have changed the pronunciation to correct the trail name: it's Appalachian, which is pronounced as throwing an apple-atch-ah. I know the name varies in it's pronunciation by where and who regarding the mountain chain etc, but the trail itself is uniformly pronounced "apple-atch-ah". You can verify this with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy if you wish. Anyone listening would most likely know this, and as the name occurs repeatedly in the story it becomes one of those nails on the chalkboard kind of distractions.
    That matter aside, the balance of the narration was fine.


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

    No, while compelling I had no problem stopping and joining back later. It has the advantage on no real "plot" line to remain aware of. This makes it an easier book to take in sections.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-24-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A refreshing breath of fresh air"

    Well written, and uplifting this story takes the listener along the AT for the highs and lows and really helps to inspire you to want to get outdoors. There aren’t a ton of laugh out loud moments (like Bill Bryce’s “A Walk in the Woods”), but there are enough real movements to connect you to the author trail and other hikers you meet along the way. In addition I like that this is a story about doing the trail for a reason other the self-development. I personally find those types of stories (such as “Wild”) hard to connect with because the author is either doing something stupid or is a bit self-centered.

    Mr. Heyborne does a very good job. It's a bit more reading than performance due to the type of book, but he really adds to the enjoyment of the story.

    1 of 1 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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    Kris 08-24-15
    Kris 08-24-15
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    "Disappointing!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less attention to his personal possessions and travails and more attention to the trail.


    What could Jeff Alt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A mention of Emma Gatewood and other women who have walked the trail. His oversight of the history of the trail is disappointing. So much so, I did not go past his first day on the trail.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Walk for Sunshine?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 08-18-15
    Chris 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst thing ever."
    What disappointed you about A Walk for Sunshine?

    Lame story, just hike the trail. Focused way too much on raising a tiny amount of money.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Alt again?

    Never.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. He oddly pronounces the word Appalachian (in my opinion) and I couldn't finish.


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

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I have buyer's remorse for this one... It was on sale, I now understand why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ro_runner 07-07-15
    ro_runner 07-07-15
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    "Limited"

    If you are expecting a book that describes the flora & fauna of the trail, this one is not for you. This book describes shelters, hostels, other hikers, pizza, ice cream & beer along the way, leaving the natural magnificence to shirt, bland comments such as, "The views were awesome." The term "trail magic" is overused to the point of annoyance. The narrator also has a perky Mr. Rogers type of inflection that detracts from the story. My advice is take a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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