The Walk

  • by Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.
Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.
All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it's not that easy.
His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. Aftershocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets. There's no power. No running water. No order.
Marty Slack thinks he's prepared. He's wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be... if he can survive The Walk.


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Premise could have been great EOWAWKI read.... but "Buck" a main character uses 3-4 swear words in each sentence he utters, and his name rhymes with the most constant. There is a fixation on all forms of elimination, reproductive organs and if the female characters have a bra on or not. I was so surprised the writer of the Monk series would ruin a plot with so much needless crud... sure life has some swear words but this is ridiculous. Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots, Survivors, Swan Song, Earth Abides... I would sooner listen to The End or Lucifer's Hammer, both books I didn't really care for... this was the worst.
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- Jan "Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear."

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I was hesitant & skeptical at first because the main character is so hard to like. However, if you keep listening and can get past some of the crude humor, the book has some hilarious parts. The author does a great job of putting Marty through the ringer without going too far. The ending is sad, happy and has a nice twist (I had my suspicions but the author did a great job of throwing me off.)

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- MJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-25-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio