The main theme was about healing from loss and acceptance and moving forward with your life, which is good for everyone!
How she overcame difficult challenges and worked through her fears and pain on her journey.
How she worked through her pain from her mother's death.
I lost my family, friends and husband, but found myself.
I would Definetly NOT suggest this book to my teenage nieces. I understand that the story was based on Cheryl's losses, and how she learned to cope with them; and I can appreciate that. Since I'm over 50, the casual sex and drugs weren't a real big deal. But it is my hope, that is not how most of our children grow up these days; therefore I would not introduce them to that lifestyle by suggesting they read this book.
I came from the Mt. Hood area, and am a bit familiar with the trail down from Timberline; therefore I did enjoy the story. But thank goodness, I don't have a daughter willing to experience a trek like that Alone!
Although an interesting story,I became bored after I read about 40% of it. I understand and am empathetic to her life experiences, but the majority of us go on with our lives, and don't 'run away' or seek solace in drugs or destructive relationships. I felt this was the story of someone who chose to run away from life instead of facing it head on. I'm sure it may be of interest to others, but I've read better books.
It would depend upon the topic of the story line.
I don't know if I've heard others, but she was a wonderful performer, and I will look for her books again in the future.
I guess this book's story line just wasn't something that would interest me. I've always faced life events head on and never tried to escape from anything by "running away". I find that concept boring.
I will listen to Wild again as I am certain that it will be just as interesting every time
It's difficult to choose a favorite character, they were all fabulous in different ways.
I heard emotions that reading it wouldn't have given
Sometimes during a fabulous adventure what you really find is yourself
I liked how she was really honest about every aspect of her experience.
When she lost her boots but had the courage to go on.
She was a good narrator but I wish she had a "younger" sounding voice. The character in the book was 26 at the time but the audio performance sounded like an older woman. It just didn't match up.
no, I listen about 2 hours per day during my commute.
I had watched the video with Oprah before I bought the book. I was then unfortunately looking for the story about how she met her husband.
Perhaps. I found the story a little slow.
The narrator seemed to be stretching it when it came to expressing emotion....it often felt fake to me.
Despite my feedback, yes I did enjoy this book.
I realy wish the author had narrated it herself. Per the Oprah interview there are places that I think she's emphasize differently than the narrator did.
I love to read! Yet I'm on the go so much that listening to audio books gives me the chance to get lost in those books I long to read.
The book and story was good. My nephew walked the Appalachian trail so I enjoy books like this because it gives me some idea of what he went through. I admire the author for telling her story and going on this adventure alone. Especially being female. The book took you through her adventures and her trials. The only thing I think I would change is have a 25 year old read the book. The narrator was good but it would have been better if she was the same age as Cheryl in the book.
less trivia about herself, less whiney crap
I get to close my eyes and still read
some bits were amusing
The introduction was fantastic. I don't want to give too much away, but the first 30 minutes are practically guaranteed to make you cry.
I love and respect Cheryl Strayed so much. She has overcome trauma and loss, and written about it in order to allow the rest of the world to benefit from her journey. I feel that this is a fantastic coming-of-age novel, though I don't see many other teens and early 20-somethings reading it. It's about giving yourself a challenge so that you can become an adult - a loving, mature, beautiful adult - despite whatever hardships and misfortune life has thrown your way.
However, I must admit that it felt that things dragged towards the end. For awhile it seemed like the actual description of the hike itself was tedious, and I simply listened patiently for Cheryl to return to more compelling personal stories. I wish Cheryl had told us more about herself, and a little less about every single stop that she makes to get her resupply boxes.
I think that this memoir has a lot in common with Eat, Pray, Love. I love both of these books. If you are familiar with this work, here are some key differences:
1 - Cheryl faced struggles more beyond her control (rural poverty, a violent father, the early death of her mother, etc) whereas Liz Gilbert was battling mostly with her inner demons and neuroses, and self-inflicted romantic drama. Cheryl struggles to finance going on a very spartan hike, and just feels grittier and more real than Gilbert, who gets an advance to travel around the world for a year with the explicit purpose of writing about her travels.
2 - Cheryl is less explicitly spiritual about her journey of self discovery. Though hiking can be meditative, there is no discussion of mantras, gurus, shakras, etc. I think this could be appealing to many who found EPL to be a little too "out there" spiritually.
I enjoyed Bernadette Dunne's reading of the book, and she managed to put many layers of depth of expression into simple words and phrases. However, I must say that I wish that Cheryl Strayed had recorded this herself. She did a fine job recording her other recent release "Tiny Beautiful Things" (also highly recommended), and I think that it is truly remarkable to hear to author of a memoir tell his or her own life story.
The print version includes some photos of Cheryl's hike, people she met, her infamous backpack "Monster". Check out Oprah's book club website to see these photos - you don't want to miss them because you were listening to the audiobook. I also listened to "Tiny Beautiful Things" also by Cheryl Strayed, and I feel that it is an excellent companion to Wild. I feel like that book actually reveals much more about Cheryl than Wild does, even though it was never intended to be a memoir. The advice and stories that she shares is absolutely life-changing.
probably not, but enjoyed the read.
I liked her problem solving skills when confronted with adversity. I also liked the fact that she dives into any situation, generally not prepared, but muddles through, and isn't that what most of us do?
No, in fact, I had a hard time getting through the first part of the book, especially the part about her mother dying and subsequent hard times. I was listening to this book in the car with my husband and we both had a difficult time reliving her problems. Later, when traveling alone, I went back to this book and made it out to the trail. I found that part of the book really fun.