If you are reading "Wild" to experience the PCT, be warned. She skips the first 150 miles from the border and rides in a car for most of the trail's path in the Sierra. Doesn't hike a mile in Washington state.
Not a book I would suggest my 16 year old daughter read.
My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!
I loved it. I cried. I laughed. I hoped alongside Cheryl. The narrator was awesome. I had heard her before in Memoirs of a Geisha. Wow!
It was incredible journey and I feel compelled to walk a 1100 mile trail now. I would probably end up with less than 4 toe nails left! The novel was deep and was a teacher of contemplation, soul-searching, introspective and spiritually and psychologically healing for Cheryl. Cheryl was determined and intentional in her journey.
Narrator was fantastic. I felt like I was walking the trail with Cheryl. I live in Ashland and she described everything just the way people were back then. I wanted to walk the PCT after reading this book. Fantastic.
So parallel to my thoughts and feelings and struggles, and gives me hope that I might take a journey like this one and find myself too...and be able to accept life and the lessons that come with it. And maybe someday find happiness and peace...thank you for the encouragement Cheryl, and being someone I can relate to. Much love!
This book is awesome. Not only did I love the actual story of the PCT hike, but the self reflection of a former life adds so much to the story. It proved to be very inspirational to myself.
I was a little skeptical about reading this since the movie was out at the same time but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's details make you feel as if you are hiking and having an adventure too.
wow, I'm an avid listener so ranking would certainly be challenging, but I would say in the top 10%.
Spoiler alert...When Cheryl is forced to deal with a stranger in the woods and fears for her safety, I was so scared for her.
The narration really added to the over tone of the book. It helped me see Cheryl as her boots were maiming her feet, as she took drugs and lived a negative lifestyle, when she was feeling frisky and carefree.
A journey of self discovery
Wonderful book ... very well written. Use that credit, you wont regret this one!!
I don't think so.
The big thing I couldn't take was the whining. It felt like the entire book was her whining about something, past or present.
Concept could have been amazing, a woman traveling the PCT by herself, that's awesome. Book fell way short.
I was looking for a book about a strong woman that overcame substantial obstacles, something to inspire me. This didn't turn out to be it. The whole underlying story of her mother dying and crushing her life for eternity and her promiscuity/drug use was not made any better by constant reliving and whining. This was an epic fail book for me, I couldn't get past 4 hours of it.