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The Mission Walker

I Was Given Three Months to Live....
Narrated by: Jaimee Paul
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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2018 Audie Award Finalist for best inspirational book!

Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only three months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy and radical liver and lung surgeries and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul. 

When she finished she yearned to walk the mission trail from its start - in Mexico. But no one had traversed that trail in 250 years. 

As you will learn in this audiobook, Edie doesn't care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live despite the odds. 

With fading strength and only one lung, she walked another 800 miles through the rugged mountains and deserts of Baja, Mexico, to the California border. In a walk of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment, she carried her mortality in every step and, in the process, opened up a profound communion with God and his creation and the true meaning of life. 

And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day. 

For me, walking is a transcendent physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick." That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes again and again, I walk to stay alive. 

Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop our adventuring because someone says the end might be near? 

For those who crave a spirit of adventure, who ache like Edie to know what our bodies and spirits are truly cable of, this audiobook is a must-listen. A true testament to faith, courage, and the power of hope. 

©2017 Edie Littlefield Sundby (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Tough in more than one way...

Edie is one tough and resilient lady - I admire her strength and resolve in facing cancer and enduring the hardships along the Mission walk. Amazing story! I admit to finding the retelling a bit repetitively lengthy, though.
The narrator was overly expressive and dramatic as if trying to engage the attention of first graders...I almost quit listening several times! Also many mispronounciations including the name of Junipero Serra, the monk who founded the trail !! Crazy making!
I would not listen to this reader again.

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Narrator ruins it...

I was looking fwd to this book. The story is compelling. But goodness this narrator just kills it. Overacts it and takes away from the narrative. Wish she'd tone it down or Audible offer more than one narrator of texts. Author herself would have been special too.

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I wanted to love it....

It's an amazing story and I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't finish it. The narrator is overly dramatic and her voice began to grate on my nerves after awhile.

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Inspiring Story; narrator mispronounces key words

As a walker, and someone who enjoys learning about California history, I enjoy the story very much. The beginning, about dealing with cancer, is interesting too and told in an upbeat and hopeful way.

Overall, I think the narrator has a pleasant voice, is easy to listen to, and generally does a good job. However, she repeatedly mispronounces key Spanish names of people and places. For example, Junipero Serra is a well-known historical person whose name comes up often, and anyone familiar with California and its history - anyone who went to 4th grade in California - or anyone with any knowledge of Spanish pronunciation should know how to pronounce the name, but this name that comes up often in the story is always mis-pronounced. And some of the names of the missions and cities that are key to the story are also mis-pronounced, as well as common Spanish words, like chollo being mispronounced. It distracts and detracts from the story, as it comes up repeatedly, and brings to the listener's attention that the narrator is not the author, and is likely not from California, and didn't go to the effort to check the pronunciation of key historical people and places.

Still, I do enjoy learning the story, and recommend the story for people interested in long distance walking, and in California history, but I now wish I had read it rather than listening, as the mispronunciation is pretty distracting and annoying. I think that the producers also should have paid attention to this, as the equivalent of editing or proofreading a written book.

I hope the story with be re-recorded someday, by someone who has a knowledge of Spanish pronunciation. Or, perhaps this narrator could learn the correct pronounciations and those portions could be edited in this recording.