This book changed my life and I can only wonder how many countless times I will return to Strayed words for guidance in my life
For me, this book is a story of hope. Proof that we can all change, no matter what we've done. I read this book in print a couple of years ago, but I enjoyed the audio version as well.
It is among the top five. Once I reconciled the "old" voice to the young woman she was representing, I was in; hook, line and sinker. Here life was a far cry from mine but I was able to relate to many aspects of her struggles and the narrative really took me there with her.
There were many, a few that stand out would be Cheryl's encounter with the two men when she was alone and also the ending. I like a "look back" when it's a true story.
Old (lol, sorry), melodious (once you are used to it), engaging
I listen on my commute and I found myself actually looking forward to it, just to be able to be drawn into her world for a bit.
I didn't know if i was going to like this book as it's very different from what i would actually read. However i found that listening to a story allows me to appreciate different genre's then i normally would. Once i became familiar with the narrator I was submerged into the story, at times forgetting it was a telling and instead able to "see" what was happening. I always find that a mark of a good storyteller, the ability to immerse yourself into the book. I'm not a hiker so I didn't have much to compare it to but it did make great parallels into things in my own life and i found ways to relate to Cheryl and appreciate her journey, both the internal and external. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it was done.
Struggle, Grit, Realization
I would highly recommend this book. I feel like there are few perspectives on the female experience on long distance hiking.
Bernadette Dunne is a remarkable narrator who made the story alive for me. I will be looking for her in other audiobooks.