Sunday, May 30, 2010

70 - The Walk; Richard Paul Evans

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 executive, in love with his wife McKale. His life falls apart when his wife is severely injured and later dies in a horseback riding accident.  Bit by bit he loses it all. His business associate undermines him, and slowly he not only loses his wife, but his business, home and most of his money.  He decides to "walk" from his home state of Washington to the Florida Keys. A journey that will hopefully, help him to find himself and some purpose in his life once again.

MY THOUGHTS - This is one author who should not read his own audio books. I was unable to feel anything for the main character I'm guessing, the author was trying emotions such as anger, sadness and grief, but it just seem so contrived and forced. If you want to know everything this guy eats on his journey, read this book. You'll be kept informed through regular updates as you read or listen.
Fortunately, this was such a short book (unabridged - just 4 cds), so I was able to make it through.  Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this new book. Part 2 of the 5 part series is due out in April 2011, but I'll be skipping that one.

Rating - 2/5 stars - Library Audio book


  1. Oh bummer! I actually really enjoyed this read. I did find it to be schmaltzy, but it still drew me in. It must have been one of those pick ups that was the right time and the right place.

  2. I wonder if it would be better in print form.

  3. I'm sorry that you are not liking this, Diane. I read it a bit ago and truly loved it! I gave it a 5/5 and can't wait for the next one in the series. I have noticed that I listen to the audiobooks of a favorite author and am disappointed - I think some authors are just better read than listened to. Who knows... lol

  4. Sorry you didn't enjoye the audio version. I have only read one of his books so far, but I did enjoy it.

  5. I've never read anything by him ... but I don't think he is my style. Too bad this didn't work for you.

  6. Oh, I am so sorry that this book was a disappointment. It sounds like you wanted to like it, but just couldn't. I also agree that there are some authors that need to hire professional readers to read their audio books because some of them sound lifeless!!

  7. Some authors really shouldn't read their own books. When I listened to Fahrenheit 451 I felt the same way. Bradbury's voice was too old for the narrator.


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