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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Goldberg Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781455884995
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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. After-shocks 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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Whittington | 2/19/2014

    " Really, 3.5 stars. There were a few things that annoyed me about the end, and I found the distance covered in the time allotted and the obstacles the protagonist faced to be totally improbable, but it was still a very entertaining and satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/18/2014

    " Tells the story of a man's journey to try to get home after an earthquake in LA. Very interesting read! Kept me interested the entire time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/17/2014

    " A book that begins as a disaster novel and ends with introspection. Read it one day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 teatotaller | 1/29/2014

    " I'm glad it was free on my Kindle! It was o.k. but I've read fanfiction that had tighter characters and storylines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/16/2014

    " An intriguing premise and a quick read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/13/2014

    " Very quick read. Marty starts out as a self-absorbed jerk but gets his priorities straightened out by the end. As difficult as his journey was across post-earthquake L.A., I actually think it wasn't as difficult as it would be in real life. Marty really didn't run into the lawlessness that would probably exist in a urban setting like L.A. The ending was predictible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andee | 1/12/2014

    " Okay so it's got a lot of profanity and gore in it, these are things I would sorta expect to be involved after the big one hits Los Angeles. The story focuses on Marty, an egotistical, self absorbed movie exec (who it is very easy to not like) and his hike across LA to get home to his wife, surrounded by a broad cast of characters that he encounters along the way after the big one hits. This story is not only about surviving a disaster & the resulting hard choices, it is also about self discovery. On the journey Marty must face himself head on in order to determine who he really is and who he will wind up being when this is over. Sappy in places, crude in others...but it was a quick read that kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/5/2014

    " I got this free on my Kindle and didn't expect much. But, after I read it, I was glad I did. A different kind of book for me, but I totally enjoyed it. The end was a surprise for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/22/2013

    " Pretty good book, didn't think I was going to like it but there was a alot of times I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 12/11/2013

    " This was a fun read about a guy's walk through LA after the "big one" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne Reilly | 11/25/2013

    " Good story about a man finding himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles McDougald | 11/18/2013

    " The book was just fine, but a twist ending like the one on this book that I saw coming from a mile away kind of ruined it for me. Eh, at least it was short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Nappi | 11/13/2013

    " Well written! Fast paced, the main character was believable, and the depiction of the protagonist's personal growth while struggling to survive a disaster was inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Cordova | 11/10/2013

    " Enjoyable read especially for a TV buff. Great Hollywood ending and very fitting for the book. Laughed aloud several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/26/2013

    " This is one you will not be able to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy S | 9/23/2013

    " I really liked this book, aside from the ending. I had figured it out before hand, which is okay, but it was too sudden, and too easy. I wanted more. The 4 stars are because of the pleasure it gave me. I am a big disaster movie/story fan, and this one would make a good movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 9/13/2013

    " The worst book I have read this year! don't bother. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose Chimera | 7/30/2013

    " After a major earthquake hits a guy walks home to his wife. He experiences all sorts of trials and tribulations along the way as one might expect after a devastating and destructive earthquake. the writing was ok, the story I found to be somewhat predictable and even slightly boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Herrera | 7/12/2013

    " Good story about a massive earthquake that strikes and devastates the Los Angeles area. Two stranger who are complete opposites meet and help each other surviving the two days after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 5/13/2013

    " I knew where it was going, and how it would end, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Not anything to write home about, but there were twists and events that kept it engaging and well-paced. I like his Monk books better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Pierce | 3/30/2013

    " This was a really good story if you can get past the bad language in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 3/14/2013

    " Great book about the BIG earthquake in So. Calif. and how it affects one man in his quest to walk home from his work in Hollywood to his home in the San Fernando Valley. Horrifying and very real! I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/2/2012

    " Good TEOTWAWKi book about an earthquake in LA - good read/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/30/2012

    " Other reviewers have covered this well.. Definitely an enjoyable book with a great plot twist at the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget Sphung | 8/11/2012

    " This book makes you want to make sure you are prepared in case the big one hits! I enjoyed the little surprise at the end. I was prepared for a boring ending and was glad I didn't get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Hansen | 7/20/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was short compared to what I normally read, but it packed a lot into it. While I don't think he'll win any awards for post-apocalyptic realism, it was an enjoyable read with a good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Antenen | 6/19/2012

    " This was really a good book, and though I was busy, I couldn't wait to pick it up each time I could. Great plot, believable. I'd like a little more foreshadowing for the end but only because I want to SEEM smarter than the author. I like that the story left me with that one necessary thing -- hope. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg is a novelist and television writer whose television scripting and producing credits include Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, She-Wolf of London, SeaQuest, Missing, Martial Law, and Monk. He is currently on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, from which he has received two Edgar Award nominations.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.