The Long Walk Home

A Novel
Letto da: Kate Reading
Durata: 8 ore e 54 min
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When Fiona Edwards first sees the lanky backpacker striding up the lane toward her award-winning farmhouse bed-and-breakfast in the remote mountains of North Wales, she's puzzled. She's used to unexpected strangers, but few arrive on foot. The man to whom she opens her door is middle-aged, unshaven, sweat-soaked…and arrestingly handsome. What neither of them knows at that moment is that their lives are about to change forever.

American Alec Hudson has carried the ashes - and the memory - of his late ex-wife, Gwynne, all the way from London's Heathrow Airport, honoring her request that he scatter them atop a mountain they had climbed together years before, the same brooding peak whose jagged cliffs rise to the sky from the back pastures of Fiona's farm. But the weather doesn't cooperate, and as Fiona and Alec wait for it to clear, they are drawn together by mutual loss, longing, and the miracle of love at midlife.

On the day he finally reaches the summit, Alec is caught in a vicious hailstorm. As he struggles to descend, he stumbles upon the body of a man he recognizes from a photograph at the farm: It is Fiona's ailing and reclusive husband, David, and he is close to death.

Will North's debut novel is a story about grief and hope, about love and loss, and about two people struggling with the agonizing complexities of fidelity - to a spouse, to a moral code, to each other, and to a passion neither thought would ever appear again. By turns lyrical and gripping, set amid a landscape of breathtaking beauty and unpredictable danger, this is a story you will not soon forget.

©2013 Will North (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • Shoppermom
  • 11/07/2018

Close to perfect

I have no recollection of what led me to this book, but I am SO glad that I found it. The story was simply wonderful: two mature, honorable adults, who find love at the most unexpected moment. Fiona and Alec are both the kind of people one feels close to; if they were neighbors or co-workers, they'd be the ones you wanted to invite home for dinner and stay friends with for life, and their strengths and challenges make perfect sense. Their story aside, the descriptions of the Welsh terrain, with its vivid beauty and and untamed wildness, and even the beautiful descriptions of the most down-and-dirty bits of sheep farming, made me wish the story would never end. An absolute jewel of a book.

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  • J.C.E.
  • 13/05/2015

slow at first, then awesome!

The booked started slow, but in the end it was awesome! one of my favorites

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  • Kandice
  • 21/04/2015

Another wonderful story and reading.

The story was sweet and kept me listening till the wee hours of the night!

Kate Reading is fabulous as usual and a joy to listen to.

My only objection was that I wish it were longer.

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  • Generale
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  • Ann McCambridge
  • 27/03/2020

Touching Love Story

This book is a great read/listen. It has courage; selflessness; sparks; comedy and is very touching. In many ways I could identify with this story, though it takes place in present day in Whales. It doesn't have glitz or glitter, but has a lot of heart. The narrator was great. I believe I enjoyed Alec's voice the most. I will definitely read more of this author's books.

  • Generale
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  • Linda
  • 22/01/2020

A tender beautiful story, narrated brilliantly

Loved this book, my first by Will North and which has been added to my own favourites list, keeping company with The Bridges of Madison County and Jane Eyre, among others.
Tender and thoughtful, a lot more satisfying than Bridges.
Kate Reading is a wonderful narrator and has also joined my favourites, one of which is Davina Porter.

  • Generale
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  • The Point Of It
  • 23/03/2017

A reflective love story

I love anything that Kate Reading is the narrator, with that being said I was not disappointed with the long walk home. I loved the characters. The story was very smooth and glided along beautifully. Kept my interest.
And I marveled at Alec's interpretation of fulfilling a last request. Really got me thinking regarding life choices.
👍for Will North....I want to visit Wales!

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  • Cynthea Corlett
  • 13/02/2016

Interesting, but...

This was the first book by Will North I had purchased. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had listened to other books read by Kate Reading, and had always enjoyed her narrations. There were a number of things about the story I did enjoy. The descriptions of the Welsh countryside, the little pointers about hill hiking and lamb birthing. I also enjoyed the bits of cooking instructions! What I did not like were the times the story veered into a stereotypical romance novel. Characters were a bit too perfect and predictable and the direction of the story was easy to see well before the end.

Kate Reading did not disappoint and did a great job on the narration.