Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time Life Is Fast, And I Ve Found It S Easy To Confuse The Miraculous For The Mundane, So I M Slowing Down, Way Down, In Order To Give My Full Presence To The Extraordinary That Infuses Each Moment And Resides In Every One Of UsAt , Andrew Forsthoefel Headed Out The Back Door Of His Home In Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, With A Backpack, An Audio Recorder, His Copies Of Whitman And Rilke, And A Sign That Read Walking To Listen He Had Just Graduated From Middlebury College And Was Ready To Begin His Adult Life, But He Didn T Know How So He Decided To Take A Cross Country Quest For Guidance, One Where Everyone He Met Would Be His Guide In The Year That Followed, He Faced An Appalachian Winter And A Mojave Summer He Met Beasts Inside Fear, Loneliness, Doubt But He Also Encountered Incredible Kindness From Strangers Thousands Shared Their Stories With Him, Sometimes Confiding Their Prejudices, Too Often He Didn T Know How To Respond How To Find Unity In Diversity How To Stay Connected, Even As Fear Works To Tear Us Apart He Listened For Answers To These Questions, And To The Existential Questions Every Human Must Face, And Began To Find That The Answer Might Be In Listening Itself Ultimately, It S The Stories Of Others Living All Along The Roads Of America That Carry This Journey And Sing Out In A Hopeful, Heartfelt Book About How A Life Is Made, And How Our Nation Defines Itself On The Most Human Level

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
  • Andrew Forsthoefel
  • English
  • 11 June 2017
  • 9781632867001

10 thoughts on “Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

  1. says:

    I can t rate this book, because doing so would feel like rating the author s experience Reading his journey was long and uninteresting at times, likely an honest reflection of the walk itself The jubilance the author felt when reaching his destination mirrored my own for reaching the end of his story While I do not regret the time I spent reading this, I am quite excited about never picking it up again.

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    Andrew is finished with college but doesn t know what to do next He decides to take a walk Across America A walk to see if he can find out the important things in life He does It s an almost year long journey, from Pennsylvania, down South, through Texas, across New Mexico and Arizona, to California Along the way, he meets people, and, true to the sign he wears, he walks to listen And, boy, do people talk They tell stories about their lives, about the deaths of people close to them, about health troubles, about friendships, about worries, about jobs and work and play and food and all the other things that make up a human life Andrew listens And writes it all down Reflects on it And keeps walking You don t want to miss this book.

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    This was a great account of the authors walk across America and to his encounters with the people he meets along the way His goal to learn something about himself, through self reflection, about his own behavior and beliefs, and also about the lives and beliefs of the people he meets.This story takes us back and forth from the authors life before the walk, and the lives of the people he encounters, and interviews through his idea of walking to listen He was hopeful that something in their stories would help him discover what he was looking for, within his own life He feared that seeking stories of others, would leave him and empty receptacle for the lives of everyone else But that is not the case.I love all of the wisdom people gave him along the way and the many different points of view He met so many people of different social status, race, and lifestyles and each one gave him a bit of themselves.This book gives one a lot to think about, it allows us to also search our own needs and wants and giving us a glimpse of life outside of ourselves, a less selfish life perhaps.He had so many wonderful encounters along the way and was able to, for the most part, do away with his preconceived fears and expectations.One encounter he had and which stood out to me, was after leaving this one man after a 20 min talk, told him You know, all you re really doing is reading a book, just with your feet As a constant companion he had various books with him, from Walt Whitman, Ranier Maria Rilke, to Khalil Gibran, and reflected upon them often.He thanks the people at the end for Teaching him what he asked to learn, showing him what he needed to see, and to telling him what he was open to hearing.This is a very inspiring journey.Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for the ARC of this book

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    Follow Andrew Forsthoefel on his walking journey from Pennsylvania to California as he shares the stories he heard from those he met along the way.I wasn t anticipating such a spiritual journey along with the physical one I m not sure why because, duh, it is bound to happen I greatly enjoyed hearing the stories of those Forsthoefel met, especially the Navajo women But, at times, I felt myself weighed down with his musings on death and dying Maybe it was because I was not in a place to want to be contemplating such heavy subjects it probably was because of this Also, as I am a west coast gal, I was eager to get to the parts of his travels in Nevada and California Then to find them mostly glossed over with only a couple of introductions to folks he met, I was severely disappointed Yes, I understand it was the end of the journey and there was an energy to get to the end but I still found myself disappointed he didn t immerse himself in of the west coast culture we aren t all living coast side.The lack of detail on his far west journey and the at times to deep of a dive into thoughts of death brought down the star rating for me overall.

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    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and the publisher included a letter asking me to review to book in exchange for winning the copy.I didn t look too much beyond the title, and the blurb touting it as a journey across America on foot wherein the author explores the stories of the people he encounters along the way, which both sounded exciting and interesting I was super excited when I was notified that I had won the book that was over a month ago It arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I was already in the middle of several books and trying to finish up some essays for classes, so I glanced at it and set it on the shelf next to my bed for reading later in the week.I picked it up shortly afterward to give it a good once over The art on the dust jacket feels appropriate for the genre and for the title I took my time reading the inside flap front and then I got to the inside flap back and felt a little sorry that I received this from the publisher The letter that arrived with the book requested a review to be posted anywhere and everywhere that I would like to, but I got to the author blurb and photo on the back cover, and my opinion of the potentialities of this book dropped significantly In the future, I will probably take care when entering drawings by checking out the age and background of the author I don t want to know that much about a book before I start reading it, so I don t spoil anything for myself which has happened in the past , but in this case, I wish I had.The author is a 23 year old at the time he set out on this journey white, male read privileged My initial reaction was oh, a newly minted baby man He had only graduated from college, and he set off to discover himself and the world asking the people he met along the way what they would ask their 23 year old selves in hopes of finding answers to questions, concerns, and issues he had about his own nebulous future.The back cover has quite a few blurbs that make extravagant claims as to how important it is for people to read Walking to Listen and some even suggest that this book will redeem public opinion of millennials I don t have a low opinion of millennials in general I think like all previous generations, the media seems to hype a divide that indeed exists much the same way that the mommy wars exists , but that I feel is often artificial and inflammatory.Once I got over my initial annoyance, and I d had a chance to think about it, who else but a young, white guy could walk across the United States be relatively safe Probably not a young woman of the same age as the author heck, even at 46 I wouldn t feel comfortable doing it Maybe not a person of ANY color, even Forsthoefel questions at several points in his video what would have happened to him if he had been black instead of white on this journey I think that a non white person might be harassed often, but I also think skin color and maybe age might change the demographic of who is willing to approach them and or offer help Once I wasn t slightly indignant about the author s demographic, I had a much enjoyable time reading.Having finished the book, I am 100% comfortable giving it a solid three star rating Walking to Listen is somewhat similar to other books of this nature, though most of my experience with this protracted journey on foot is with stories, blogs, and videos is the Appalachian Trail Wild by Cheryl Strayed, for example Forsthoefel s book reads part travelogue and part personal journal I feel like what keeps Walking to Listen from being bogged down by his mostly melancholy musings about the purpose of his life are the stories that he shares with the everyday people that he encountered on his journey.I enjoyed the book most when he was writing about how hard I was just to get up and walk 20 miles a day and what that did to his body, how he struggled with loneliness especially has he got further along , and when Forsthoefel wrote about the people he talked to and who took him in.I couldn t see my way to giving it stars though because I feel like this has been done and done better before, but also because he never provided an overall picture of his travels How many nights did he spend camping because no one would take him in He only speaks briefly about negative experiences on the trail I really wanted to see some breakdown how many nights he camped out with and without permission , how many nights he spent in hotels, and how many nights people took him in and whether he asked them to or if they just offered , and how often was he stopped by law enforcement of some sort.Overall, a solid read, interesting enough to keep me coming back, but it didn t knock my socks off, and I don t feel like this book in some way redeems millennials who I don t feel need to be redeemed as some of the blurbs and press for the book claim If you like soul searching, dark night of the soul, travelogue type books, then you will probably enjoy Walking to Listen Happy reading

  6. says:

    This is a remarkable story of a trip in the tradition of William Least Heat Moon I was inspired by this young man who went on a walk in an effort to find himself spiritually He meets many people along the way who are interested in him, help him, and cheer him on They include people of every race and religion, including native americans This is one of my favorite nonfiction books that I have read in awhile It gives me hope in people at a time that I needed that.

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    I think I would probably give this of a 2.5 than just a 2 If this memoir hadn t been selected as this months book club read I don t think I would have ever picked it up Andrew s decision to walk across America to learn other peoples stories to understand himself made me groan in annoyance after reading the preface I just knew I was going to be annoyed throughout and I often was I felt like this whole year was his whiny, I m not ready to be an adult, excuse for not finding a job I was so tired of every story circling back to learning a lesson about himself Sigh The first 1 2 of the book was slow for me I decided if I was going to finish I had to just sit down and power through Saturday was my day I read the rest basically in one sitting I will say I enjoyed the Navajo portion of the book and the ending I could relate to Andrew s mothers tears I teared up too when she received him at the beach at Half Moon Bay I really feel its because my daughter, Taryn, is out of the United States for a year so missing her is a daily worry and heartache too.

  9. says:

    Loved his writing he knows how to place words together, but I often felt a current of being preached at by a young 23 year old Sometimes his epiphanies were rather cliche I hate saying thatbecause I respect the journey and the effortbut I struggled with the fact that he pointed a young finger at older people, older ideas, older wisdom and wagged it as if he had a better, sophisticated answer It was at time condescending I d give it 2 1 2 starsbut I rounded up for youthful ignorance.

  10. says:

    In Walking to Listen there was a bit too much talk on inner family dynamics processing that took away from the hyped excitement of walking 4000 miles But the story about coming face to face with a gorilla and the talk about black bears made it worth the read.good luck ARC publisher NetGalley

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