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The Walk (The Walk #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  17,407 Ratings  ·  2,272 Reviews
"My name is Alan Christoffersen. You don’t know me. ‘Just another book in the library,’ my father would say. ‘Unopened and unread.’ You have no idea how far I’ve come or what I’ve lost. More important, you have no idea what I’ve found." —Prologue

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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Teri It's hard to answer this question, as each of us has a different measuring standard. I saw Castaway, and I liked the movie. It did not bother me that…moreIt's hard to answer this question, as each of us has a different measuring standard. I saw Castaway, and I liked the movie. It did not bother me that it was a 'slow' movie. These books are not as slow, but they are not fast-moving books either. The idea is that there is a lot about life that he is learning as he walks across America, and so that, naturally, means taking time to think and ponder. It is captivating and while I wouldn't say it's a "cliffhanger" at the end of each chapter or book, it certainly maintains your interest, as the stories of the people he meets and the things that happen is interesting. Each of them are "life events" that most people go through, so there is a commonality to it all that every reader will recognize and identify with.(less)

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Dec 23, 2016 Starjustin rated it it was amazing
Every reader can take a lesson in life and living from this first in a series, easy read book. To attempt to see how our decisions and our actions, r/t our experiences in life can decide our future and ultimately can determine our fate in life.
Mar 07, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
In 24 hours, I have digested the 290 pages that comprise this book. To some, this is no extraordinary feat. For me, it is certainly not the norm. I have read several good books over the years. There are books that tell a good story. This book is one of those books. However, it went much further than that. This book grabbed me and sucked me in emotionally opening my eyes to things that have been buried for far too long. There are so many messages that are conveyed as a part of this story line. So ...more
Michelle Devine
Feb 27, 2013 Michelle Devine rated it really liked it
Fast, easy read. Words are fast flowing and I finished this book in one sitting.
Alan, the main character loses everything in this tale of woes. His job, his cars, his house, then.. his wife dies - all in six weeks.
In his grief, he decides to walk - from Seattle to Key West, Florida. Walk. Yep. I suppose that is why the book is called THE WALK.
His journey on the walk was actually REALLY interesting.

I always include a passage (something, anything) from the book that resonates with me.

"Life Hugger
Apr 12, 2010 Robyn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Mostly positive review, pardon a few of my negative but honest thoughts...I still love you Mr. Evans!

I wondered what could possibly keep a man who loses EVERYTHING from simply ending it all himself? I could totally envision the "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robot" life or death struggle, where he ultimately remembers that his wife's wish for him was to LIVE. "Walking away from it all" sure takes on a new meaning as Alan decides to walk as far away from his home in Seattle as he can, and stay in this countr
Aug 20, 2012 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
My husband listened to this book on CD thinking it was just one book, not realizing it is part of a series. He loved it and suggested I read it. The very first thing I did, was go online and read all the negative reviews. The two complaints were that this book was a waste of money because it is part of a series (I don't care because I will just get it from the library) and the second complaint was that is was too much writing about food...all the bed and breakfast food, cafes and small diners. N ...more
Kimberly Smith
Aug 27, 2011 Kimberly Smith rated it liked it
I'm not usually a reader of Richard Paul Evans' books, but a friend basically ended up placing it in my hands saying you HAVE to read this, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though it bogs down a little when the walk actually begins, It was still a very quick read, a good story, & full of little nuggets of truth.

Here are a couple favorite quotes from the book:

"You can tell a lot about a man by watching how he treats those he doesn't have to be nice to."

"We can spend our days
Tim Chavel
Nov 11, 2014 Tim Chavel rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in “The Walk” series. I actually read the third one first and thought it was a true story of someone walking across the country. This book explains why Alan decides to walk from Washington State to Key West, FL. His one true love his wife has an untimely death, his partner steals his clients and Alan loses everything. This is why he starts his walk. This is the best book series I have ever read. I have now read the first three books in the series. If you enjoy a short read ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing
The author did a great job of letting the reader feel Alan’s love for his wife McKale, and his pain over her accident and loss. He also did a great job of letting us go on Alan’s journey with him. The people were real, the places were real, and every thing/one was alive on the pages.

Now I know we all have different ideas as to what we like and don’t like in books, but really, how could anyone not like this book? I thought it was SO GOOD! I read some of the negative reviews that said the book did
Feb 07, 2016 McKenzie rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars!

This book was a really quick read for me! Overall, I think the characters were interesting. But the story didn't blow me away entirely. I read this awhile ago, and usually, after reading a book I can remember small details, with this book, I can't. But I do think it's a great book for a quick read. Also, I didn't enjoy the ending of the novel, and I don't want to discuss spoilers but I thought the way the author ended it wasn't the best -- The whole point of the story and the ending
Dec 12, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: modern-fiction
Maybe I should be ashamed to admit that I generally love Evans' novels. But, I do. This one gets one star because of it's shameless marketing ploys (ironic since the main character is an ad exec). So, Alan loses everything and decides to walk across the country. Fine. The book is fairly interesting. We see Alan dealing with grief, learning from people, meeting people who are kind to him, tenuously reaching out to others. I could do with far less narration of Alan's food choices, though, just for ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, inspiring
I liked this story and the characters there in even though parts were a bit hard to believe. A short inspirational peek at the inside of a mans life as it is crumbling and how he handles it.
Sep 13, 2011 Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Christoffersen is the voice in the novel "The Walk" by RICHARD PAUL EVANS. After a heart wrenching tragedy, Alan Christoffersen decides to walk. Before he decides to walk from Seattle all the way to Key West there is a major battle with whether to destroy his life. Thank goodness, he chose life and a long walk.

" The door locked automatically behind me, and without a single key in my pocket, I stood outside on the front patio. Then, without looking back, I began to walk."

At first, the novel
Feb 24, 2011 Maeleah rated it it was amazing
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Jan 22, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
They say that everyone experiences grief differently. Seattle ad exec Al Christoffersen had it all and loses it. He loses his young wife and his entire ad agency. Once his cars are repossessed and his home is foreclosed upon, he decides to end it all. He has the pills to do it and has nothing left to live for... except he hears a voice telling him to live. Funny, that's the same thing his wife made him promise as she was dying, that he would live. He decides that there is nothing left in Seattle ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Another one of those books you can't put down ... Mr. Evans is fantastic at what he does ... I am really enjoying this book, fast, easy read, on page 105 and I just started it yesterday. I am determined to read ALL of his books in 2012!!

I just read it for the second time ... it is even more awesome the second time around ... read March 30th, 2012!! I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great storyline. You won't be disappointed!!
Tempo de Ler
Mar 18, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Não fazeis ideia de onde cheguei nem do que perdi, mas sobretudo não sabeis o que encontrei. (...) Se, no relato da minha viagem encontrar alguma coisa que o ajude na sua, guarde-a.»

De forma única e memorável, A Caminhada, traz-nos a comovente história de Alan Christoffersen, um homem que perdeu, literalmente, tudo.
Perseguido pela dor, a amargura e o desespero, Alan decide tornar este desespero no seu companheiro de viagem e inicia uma caminhada com destino ao ponto mais longínquo a que pode
Diane Challenor
I listened to this story as an audio book. It reads like a book of non-fiction, so I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction, not that it mattered. I enjoy books about slow travel, walking being one of the methods of slow travel I've read about in the past such as Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods". I love the walker's musing and gleaning lovely bits of wisdom shared as the walker walks along. The author of this story is also the audiobook's narrator and I warmed to his gentle American ...more
May 17, 2012 Tracy rated it did not like it
This is an excellent book about a man who loses his wife abruptly and decides to abandon everything and walk away, starting a trek from one of the country to the other. There are many part of this book that resonate with me and I love the adventure of story. I do not know what personal experience the author has had but he makes some very true statements about grief. This is a physical and spiritual journey and the author is careful not to make it too cheesy.
I have wanted to read this book for
Feb 12, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
I would rate this a 2.5 (It was okay/I liked it). At 25% in I didn't know if I would finish, but I enjoyed the second half more than the first. I don't feel a connection to any of the characters, and I don't understand many of the motives. Perhaps I'm different than others, but I don't kiss many people (friends or strangers) on the cheek or otherwise, and I found some of the scenes strange.

The book "felt" to be written by a man, not just from the main character's (Alan's) perspective (who is ma
Robin Meadows
Aug 25, 2013 Robin Meadows rated it did not like it
I actually enjoyed reading the first book in this series and had given it a high rating. however, after trudging through the next 3 books and almost quitting during the 4rd, I went back and changed my rating. What began as a promising premise has quickly turned into a definite disappointment. The encounters made by the walker are so deeply contrived, they are unconvincing, and I grew very weary of what he saw and what he ate at every meal. Then, never heard what he was thinking or the inner conf ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok
I was handed this book by my Grandma a month or so ago, and told to read it (if you knew her you would have read it too). This is not my genre, too sappy and filled with cliches that are presented like the author thought it up themselves and is stoically revealing original philisophical wisdom (ie Death is like being in the next room). I can now dutifully return this book to Grandma with an honest answer that I read it. (Last time this happened when I returned the book she had me read, I told he ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
Ugh! hated this book! If had to read another word about what this character ate during his walk I was going to scream. this series of books is a rip off...he could have written one well thought out novel instead of a trilogy of short over priced books.
Guy Lovelace
Oct 12, 2016 Guy Lovelace rated it really liked it
The Walk
Guy R.Lovelace
September 22, 2016
English 10 - 7

Evans went to Cottonwood high school in Salt Lake city. He graduated with a B.A. degree university of Utah in 1984. While working as an advertising executive he wrote a Christmas story for his children. Unable to find a publisher or an agent, he self-published the work in 1993 as a paperback novella entitled The Christmas Box. He distributed it to bookstores in his community.
The book was written in 2011
One place is in the hospital when M
Feb 11, 2017 Christin.P rated it really liked it
I am in two minds about The Walk, and it's down to "story vs. structure of the book". I have yet to find a way to bring both together which leaves me with a rating of 3.5 Stars in the interim.

It takes the main character Alan the first half of the book to tell his story: how he meets the love of his life, how his own advertising company earns him a truckload of money and prestigious awards, and why he's estranged (irreconcilable it seems) from his father. Because he shares his memories in such ri
May 28, 2010 Diane rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books-read
I have enjoyed Richard Paul Evans holiday novels for the last 3-4 years. The stories have always left me with something to think about, and I like the fact that the stories oftentimes demonstrate the power of the human spirit. When I heard Evans had a new five-part series planned, I could not wait to read the first book: The Walk.

The premise of the story is this: Alan Christoffersen once was a young man who had it all: money, power, material possessions, and a wife he loved. He was a successful
Danay Perkins
Apr 08, 2010 Danay Perkins rated it liked it
I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. I love Richard Paul Evans to death!! All of his books are really good and where written. This is the first time that I havent completely loved one of his books. I think it had a really good idea and many good thoughts and quotes (Which I will get to in a second.) But i think he spent to much time on pointless things like to much detail on all of the scenery and everything he eats lol. The first half kept my attention but after that I had to force my ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it
I would have given this book zero stars, but I wanted it to be clear that my low rating was intentional. The best thing I can say about it is that it's a quick read. Otherwise, it's largely unremarkable, except for its flaws. The book begins with a flash-forward that we never return to (I guessed I missed the note that this is "the first in an unforgettable series of books" [interesting that the series is described as "unforgettable" when the sequels aren't even published yet]).

We are led to be
Vannessa Anderson
Richard Paul Evans is one of the best when it comes to writing emotional driven characters.

Alan Christoffersen realizes a childhood dream and that is to marry his childhood friend and first love McKale. McKale’s favorite pastime is horseback riding. One day she’s thrown from her horse, left paralyze, develops a fever and dies. While McKale was dying, Alan’s business partner steals their business, its money and its employees. After McKale’s death and the loss of his business Alan, to deal with hi
Jul 18, 2011 Jerry rated it it was ok
I liked the narrative allright, it held my interest pretty much throughout. But as soon as it started getting a little preachy about 3/4 way through, I knew I was in for even more preachiness by the end. I was also thinking "how the heck is he going to get to Key West by the end of the book when he's only halfway through the state of Washington?" In the end, I felt duped, set up for a who-knows-how-many-book series and preached to in a deliberate way that is anything but "inspirational" for me. ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Richard Paul Evans' writing is always very thought-provoking. It takes me awhile to get used to his very short and choppy scenes and/or chapters. But once I'm invested in the writing style, I get caught up in the character. One thing that Evans' does well is characterization. In regards to this book being the first in a 5-book series, I wanted more time spent on Al's career and his relationship with his wife. I felt like he was mentioning things in passing and I wanted to say, "Wait, stop and te ...more
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele ...more
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