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The Walk (The Walk #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  11,610 ratings  ·  1,696 reviews
The first novel in an inspiring new series about an executive who loses everything and embarks on a walk that takes him across America
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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Robyn
Apr 13, 2010 Robyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Kimberly Smith
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...more
Dave
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
Chelsey
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
Michelle Devine
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...more
Hattie
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...more
Vicki
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...more
Tempo de Ler
«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 poder...more
Karen
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
Linda
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!!
Leslie
I'm not really sure what to say about The Walk. I ended up reading it because on my way home from work one day, my mom texted me to say she was at the library, and did I want anything. I told her to just pick something out, so she came home with this, which she had grabbed off the "new releases" / "bestsellers" shelf.

This is not a knock on my mom, because she actually has really good taste in books and obviously wasn't paying attention. But this book is a total gongshow.

At the same time though...more
Jennifer
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
Danay Riggs
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
Maeleah
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Nicole
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...more
Donna
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
Michael Jenkins
Alan Christoffersen is a typical man without any special talents. Not only he is ordinary, he does not have much going on with his life, he considers himself average. However, it is not until he falls in love with a woman named Mckale that his life is turned into a whirlwind of passion. Mckale is unlike any other woman he came across, she is beautiful, lively and supportive. Although she is not fond of his coworkers, he loves that she offers her opinion, knowing that she only means well. As thin...more
Laura
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.
Miguel
As voltas que a vida dá....o sonho de muitas pessoas (pelo menos meu é)...dê um passo com este livro...
Karen
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...more
Patsy Gantt
Jun 16, 2011 Patsy Gantt added it
Recommends it for: Everyone who is searching for their path in life
Let me preface my remarks by saying I have never read any of Richard Paul Evans' other books. Just not my cup of tea. They all seemed like the fairy tale, pie-in-the-sky, heart-tugging, help-me-remember-what's-important in life kind of books. And The Walk fits his same pattern.

The only reason I picked up this book was the cover art. As an amateur photographer, I have taken hundreds of photos of tree-lined, curving roads where the bend leads the eye out toward the horizon or off the side of the p...more
Carla Ford
Exactly what you expect – but worth the read. When Alan loses everything that is important to him – his wife and the life he has built with her – he just walks away from it all. It may sound crazy, but who hasn’t wished they could just walk away from their troubles? Alan did, and started his unspeakable grief on the path to healing. There is really nothing new about the message, but it is presented in a way that reels the reader in. Alan and McKale do have it all – they have been friends since t...more
Judy
This is the first book in a series. Not realizing that, I read book #3 first. Alan's wife died from complications of a horseback riding accident. While he was by her bedside, his advertising partner was stealing their business out from under him. His car and house were being repossessed. On her deathbed, his wife asked him to "live" after she was gone. Of course he thought of ending it all but opted instead to start walking, with the goal of making it from Seattle to the furthest point on the ma...more
Diane
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...more
Sandie
If Robert Crais and Michael Connelly are among your favorite authors, then Richard Paul Evans may not be high on your reading list. His genre is more the philosophical, tug at your heartstrings brand of storytelling and he does it very well. Also, if your preference in novels is that the conclusion results in the resolution of all the hero's problems with everything neatly wrapped up and tied with a big red bow, then THE WALK will probably prove to be disappointing. This book is just number one...more
Tracy
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...more
BCMUnlimited
This is a series of four books by Richard Paul Evans. I have read the first two and will read the next two soon.

I loved this book. The main character, Alan Christoffersen, has what to most would seem a great life. He is married to the love of his life, he started his own ad agency business, and he lives a very wealthy lifestyle. He has also lost much in this book. He lost his mom at a young age. His wife has a riding accident and ultimately dies from complications of that accident. While he was...more
Stacy
This is the first time I have read a book by Richard Paul Evans. He was the featured guest at a work meeting last week and he gave us each a copy of this book. I usually avoid this genre but he was a powerful public speaker and, hey, it was free so I figured might as well give it a try.

I can't say I was disappointed because The Walk was exactly what my preconceived notions expect from this sort of book. The story is weak. Especially so in comparison to the constant barrage of "uplifting" nuggets...more
Francis Gahren
This is the first book in The Walk series, a story about the physical and spiritual journey of Alan Christoffersen.

“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

Introduction
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 happ...more
Joy Gerbode
Wow! I would never have picked this book up on my own, not thinking it would be something I would enjoy. In fact, when it was chosen as our book club reading for next month, I was kind of dreading reading it; and the fact that we are supposed to read both this and the 2nd book, when this one is 300 pages itself, I was very skeptical.

However, it was WONDERFUL! Not only was it about the fastest 300 pages (there are blank pages at the end of each chapter, with a whole page for the title page of eac...more
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