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The Walk (The Walk #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  14,293 ratings  ·  1,939 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 everythi
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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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
Robyn
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
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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
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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
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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
Tim Chavel
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
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
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Maeleah
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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
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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
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!!
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
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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
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 pode
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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
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
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Danay Perkins
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
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
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Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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
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Miguel
«O que nunca deixa de me espantar é a capacidade dos seres humanos para se enganarem a si próprios quando defendem os seus próprios interesses. O egoísmo é cego!» (p. 70)
Pamela
"Journeys can not always be measured by physical distance." This is but one of the profound gems unearthed in this remarkable little book. Equally, the size of a book does not always measure the value of its worth. And as Alan, the main character, loses everything - loving wife, lucrative career, his cars and million dollar home, he begins to understand that earthly loss is inevitable, and necessary to gain anything of eternal value. For it is the journey, not the destination, that ultimately ma ...more
Addison Walker
I recently got this book as a gift from my volleyball coach and decided to start reading it today. I found that I couldn't put it down and finished it within a few hours. I'm usually not a fan of books with (what I consider to be) a cliche plot where people have a life-changing experience that makes them go on a journey of self-discovery where they become super spiritual, etc. But I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyable. It's a very easy read but makes you think about a lot of dif ...more
Krissy
This would probably be a very good book to the right person. Unfortunately, I am not that person. Nothing against the author or the story but it just wasn't my cup of tea. When somebody decides to walk/run/bike/swim a long distance for a cause or to prove a point or "find themselves" or some other such nonsense, I just don't understand it. It doesn't inspire me or "open my eyes" or whatever it is that such a journey is supposed to do. In fact the entire scene in Forest Gump where he just runs fo ...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...
Patsy Gantt
Jun 16, 2011 Patsy Gantt added it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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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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