This was poorly written and worse is was misleading about the journey.
The 1st page.
To many true stories written that are worth your time.
I cannot imagine choosing this challenge, especially having no experience before starting. Bravo, Cheryl, for your perseverance and for making your journey so real and relatable. I almost felt like I was hiking along with you...almost...This was such an interesting book and I really enjoyed every step taken and challenge overcome. You find yourself cheering Cheryl on to the end of the trail. Reese - you're awesome (goes without saying).
The narrator's voice spoiled the listening experience for me. She sounds too old to be telling the story of a 20-something year old woman, and I found her voice to be annoying.
This was a great story. I related strongly to the author's abusive childhood, and to the loss of her beloved mother. I understood her reaction to the losses and experiences with self-destructive behaviors.
I was terrified for Cheryl while she was out on the trail alone. I read the print version at bedtime each night, and I'd go in to work the next day and tell a co-worker: "You won't believe what this crazy chick did last night!" as if I'd been there on the trail, watching her journey from a distance.
Why oh why wasn't the narration job given to the author? She has a beautiful voice. I asked Cheryl Strayed, via Facebook why she didn't read the audiobook, she said the job wasn't offered to her. Big mistake.
Enjoyed both story and narrator Would recommend to anyone looking for a good story thanks
Good story. Easy to follow. Easy to continue to the end
First off, if you don't like unnecessary violence toward animals, this book is not for you. I am permanently traumatized by this book by a particular scene involving a horse. The visceral abuse prevents me from further illustration on this short but horrifying scene. This book should've come with a warning label on it. I had to skip ahead through the part once I realized how bad it was, but the damage was already done. I forewarn you, it is around the middle of the book.
The story itself is interesting enough, although there are many parts that I found quite dull—the protagonist, for instance, provides a great deal of in-depth narrating of mundane occurrences along her trek. It was a little overboard. Despite the tedious sprinkling of mundanity, large chunks of this memoir are exciting with adventure, with sadness and tension also to be found, so that I could feel my heartbeat quickening and adrenaline rushing throughout the book: the rhythm was well-paced and structured to avoid too much tedium. The reason I chose to read this book in the first place is because I thought it would be interesting and fun to live vicariously through someone doing something that I would never do. I would consider that approach to be an objective successfully met.
Toward the end of the book, I was eager to finish it, so that I could be done and move on; by that point, finishing the journey seemed to be the teller’s goal, and I had become a bit bored with it. Therefore, I will rate it 3 stars.
I found the audio book's narrator's voice incredibly irritating. I was hoping this was something I would eventually get used to and stop noticing, but it did not get any less annoying as the book progressed. Her voice sounded rough, strained, sandpapery, raspy, artificial, and breathy (but not a Marilyn Monroe breathy—more like a creepy phone stalker breathy). Her voice is very grating. I thought I would be able to acclimate to those characteristics because her voice is unique, but the uniqueness never transpired to tolerance, let alone enjoyment. Also, the narrator’s attempts to portray male characters are unsuccessful. She isn’t able to vary her voice much, thus many of the males sound effeminate and similar to one another. Some female narrators can pull off male voices well, but when she tries, it sounds comical. It sounds like a little woman putting on her fake man-voice. I was dismayed as her vocal contributions diminished my enjoyment of the book.
The best way to listen to this book is to walk along with it. During the Fourth of July week I had off from my camp counselor job and decided to go on various walks around my town. Some walks were on trails, some walks were just around my neighborhood; ranging from 3 to 4 miles long.
Walking with the book made me feel that I was walking with Cheryl on the PCT. What a great way to enjoy my week off.