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.
The twin stories of the inner and the outer journey resonated with me. I've made similar life mistakes, faced similar dramas, and "walked it off" in my own way.
William Sullivan wrote a wonderful book about traversing Oregon's wilderness, "Listening for Coyote," but as wild and dangerous as that trip was, he was still a man. A woman traveling solo in the wilderness has more to consider and fear, which makes Strayed's courage all the more exceptional.
The way she initially loaded her pack and then couldn't lift it.
Her struggle to accept her mother's death and her reactions, from nostalgia and longing, to anger and repudiation were most touching.
I appreciated getting a good "reading list" from the book as well.
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The loss of her mom to cancer was very impactful.
She represented the main characters range of emotions over the years covered in the story.
I think I can, I think I can.
A compelling story, a quick listen, well told. It really is proof that one can do anything they set their mind to.
The main theme was about healing from loss and acceptance and moving forward with your life, which is good for everyone!
How she overcame difficult challenges and worked through her fears and pain on her journey.
How she worked through her pain from her mother's death.
I lost my family, friends and husband, but found myself.
I would Definetly NOT suggest this book to my teenage nieces. I understand that the story was based on Cheryl's losses, and how she learned to cope with them; and I can appreciate that. Since I'm over 50, the casual sex and drugs weren't a real big deal. But it is my hope, that is not how most of our children grow up these days; therefore I would not introduce them to that lifestyle by suggesting they read this book.
I came from the Mt. Hood area, and am a bit familiar with the trail down from Timberline; therefore I did enjoy the story. But thank goodness, I don't have a daughter willing to experience a trek like that Alone!
Yes, I enjoy listening to this book while doing housework and running errands around town. However, I did get annoyed with her story. She seamed to always be searching for something, maybe, inner peace? Similar to the author in the book Eat, Pray, Love. Never satisfied with the good that she has right in front of her. Always needing to "go find her self" give me a break!
With that said, I must admit, the author is a great story teller. Loved her ability to describe the beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail. I felt I was right there with her.
What I did not like about Cheryl Strayed's book - her whining about how bad she had it as a young girl with parents that didn't encourage her to go to a better college. She never explained why she had the affairs while married to her husband. She does describe him as her best friend, but yet she can't help but cheat on him! The WHY is not explained?? Maybe that's in her next book.
I compare this story to "The Glass Castle" by Jennifer Walls, where not once did she complain about her parents. In fact she always spoke of them fondly.
Excellent. Very clear and captivating voice.
Somewhat. I am adventurous, within reason. I could never set off to hike the PCT but I would love to go visit that part of the country someday.
Although an interesting story,I became bored after I read about 40% of it. I understand and am empathetic to her life experiences, but the majority of us go on with our lives, and don't 'run away' or seek solace in drugs or destructive relationships. I felt this was the story of someone who chose to run away from life instead of facing it head on. I'm sure it may be of interest to others, but I've read better books.
It would depend upon the topic of the story line.
I don't know if I've heard others, but she was a wonderful performer, and I will look for her books again in the future.
I guess this book's story line just wasn't something that would interest me. I've always faced life events head on and never tried to escape from anything by "running away". I find that concept boring.