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.
Honest, sincere, inspiring
Her self-honesty, ability to persevere. It was an real life adventure story, but also a journey of self-understanding and emotional healing.
She was able to capture the feeling of the book. I really felt like it was the author reading the book rather than someone else.
Young woman hits reset button
Cheryl is lost after her hippie mother's death, but finds a way through hiking the PCT to restart her life.
The reader's voice matched the personality of young Cheryl - Ms. Dunne's voice seemed almost like it was the voice in Cheryl's head.
Girl hiker finds her life.
Enjoyed it immensely!
Cheryl Strayed writes with honesty and attention to detail. I enjoyed hearing about all of her Pacific Crest Trail adventures as well as the spiritual transformation that took place inside of her. Not only did this book make me want to go hiking but it reminded me that in life, if you want something, you simply must make it happen. This is what Cheryl did, and I hope to do the same.
I enjoyed her emotional journey as she hiked the PCT
Her realization that her pack was too heavy and boots too small.
Nice voice, good impersonations, very expressive.
When she see's the bridge at the end of the PCT
I loved Greg. He gave her hope!!!
No I have not.
You can always come back to yourself.
This book had thrilling twists and turns which kept me engrossed until the very end.