I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson's account of his adventures on the AT (I've read and listened to it a number of times). This story, however, seems a bit off. I'm not sure if it is due to the fact that it was written so long after it occurred but it partially seems real, partially over romanticized and sometimes seems only fantasy written as reality. Such is the way we often view events of our past... It's too bad really because Cheryl does have a good story to tell of her adventures of living out of her backpack for several months. This story does not seem genuine.
This book starts out fairly interesting, but drugs on and on going over the exact same idea over and over. By the end of 14 hours I was ready to drive off a cliff. I don't care for this new modern approach to writing where art is lost and speech is
I listened to this because someone recommended it and because it is coming out as a movie with Reese Witherspoon. Not good enough reasons. Although the descriptions of the trail and scenery were interesting, I could have done with much less about her dead mother.
The narrator mispronounced quite a few words. Is there no QA by Audible?
While the PCT part is really interesting, it got really aggravating to have to hear the same old stuff about her mom. Losing a parent is awful, but cheryl's problems go a lot deeper than that. This is a book about a struggling woman-- hardly about the history of the PCT.
OK story...it's no Into the Wild.
Fair writing. Fair narrative performance. Maybe if I weren't a hiker I would have been more interested.
I got through a few chapters, but I found that the story is not really about hiking. Divorce, disease, relationships, but not a lot about the PCT. Not what I thought I was going to get.
I found the book repetitive and childish. The structure is easy and the author doesn't seem to trust the reader's intelligence. She has a need to reintroduce characters with the same repetition of words than the first time she introduces us to them. Over and over again. I was bored most of the time this book last. However, it's a Bookclub choice and I stuck to it but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I also did not enjoy the choice of the reader's voice for this read: Too raspy and old. I also didn't appreciate the production choice of having her constantly whisper.
I would not recommend this to anyone. the movie was worse. Why write about the trash in your life. We have all had issues and they are best left forgotten.