Highly Recommend - I had never heard of this book when it popped up as a suggestion, but the sample caught my interest, so I took a chance and bought it. I'm so glad I did, because it is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. It is a memoir of the author's solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's the rare non-fiction adventure story centered around a woman. With the vivid details I felt like I was on the trail with Strayed. This story is not just about hiking though, it is about the author's quest to recover from several tragedies in her life, and again, I felt like I was there, growing with her.
The author used a vivid descriptive style that let me share in her day to day experiences on the Pacific Coast Trail.
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Definitely recommended! Highly enjoyable and inspirational. The narrator is excellent. Couldn't stop listening to it once I started.
I like to listen to books and do other stuff at the same time. This way I get some sleep instead of making time to read at the end of the day. Wild is presented well in this audible production.
I can feel Cheryl's painful feet. Losing her boot, tossing the other and taping her sandals and socks were my Moments in the book.
I really enjoyed Cheryl's eating frenzy post packages. I would give a lot to eat a bag of fritos and a whole bunch of other junk food and not worry about the calories.
I would tag the movie "walk a thousand miles in my shoes"
This woman found a healthy way to rewind her downward spiraling life. She found peace on the trail. The extreme physical challenges and the life and death choices of the trail made Cheryl pass through self discovery and climb straight to self preservation. I respect people who acknowledge bad events from their past but don't continue through life blaming their own bad behavior on events from the past.
Yes, started a little slow but got better as you got into the book.
The beginning when she first started her trip, how unprepared she was but went on anyway.
Yes, great job.
When she finally let go of her sadness of losing her mom and family
Say something about yourself!
I listened to this book a month ago, and what stays with me is the sheer courage Cheryl faced when she continued to hike despite terrible foot pain from her boots. Sounds crazy, but that one thing would have done me in.
Love the "attitude" in her voice, the self deprciation that the narrator brought to the book.
Definitely laughed at the "condom conundrum", and cried with the author at the loss of her mother and the ongoing life choices she made in the wake of her grief.
I recommend this book. I've been inspired by the story and the beauty of the prose ever since I listened to it. I'm inspired to hike, but not only that. I want to challenge myself like Strayed to achieve the great "thing" in my own life.
Cheryl Strayed is a gifted writer and storyteller. I love the way she weaved the story together, and how she painted such a vivid picture of the setting and personalities she met along her journey. Truly brilliant was the the way she conveyed her emotions. Genius.
No, I have not listened to any of Dunne's other performances.
My Mother also died from cancer so it was painful to relive the whole experience.
I'm a new Cheryl Strayed fan. I wish her continued success.
Yes I would listen again. Somehow I felt a connection with the story and the relationship between Cheryl and her mother. I am lucky enough to still have my mother but the road has been rocky at times. Overall I found Cheryl to be brave and sensible and wish I had the courage to leave everything behind and hike off into the woods...I still may.
I can't compare this story to another. It stands on its own.
Ms. Dunne brings a voice to the story, an actual person to relate to. I love true stories of adventure but hate to take the time to read. Ms. Dunne enabled me to be there..hiking along.
Patience, Endurance and Hope
Because I had lived through a similar situation, experiencing the death of my mother at a young age and being her caregiver throughout a devastating bout with cancer. I recognized the many and confusing stages of the grieving process. It took me years to come to grips with and totaly understand and make sense of the many feelings of anger, sadness, rage, helplessness and lack of understanding one feels watching a loved one suffer.
I truley feel the book does a wonderful job of showing the similarities between the physical journey and the emotional journey one travels after loosing a loved one or experiencing and emotionally tramatic crisis. The story combined the physical endurance, hardships, and aloneness of hiking the trail with the often overwelming emptiness, aloneness, and helplessness one feels as they travel forward after an emotionally devestating event.
She does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as though you are actually hiking the trail along with her.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Captivating, inspiring, heart-wrenching.
When Cheryl lost one of her boots over the mountain's edge.
Her sans-tent night by the reservoir when she was joined by hundreds of black frogs.
Yes -- I hated to have to stop listening. . . always anxious for the next chapters.
Enjoyed this story because of the stark reality of its origins.