Fun book. Felt like I was hiking the PCT. Wanted to be there with her.
When she lost her hiking boot.
When she got to the Bridge of the Gods
Makes you want to go on more adventures with Cheryl
I enjoyed the stories about the people she met along the way. It reminded me of my backpacking trip. Meeting others along the way, doing the same thing you are. It brought that feeling back to me of feeling that instant connection and the sense of security gained from being with someone in a similar situation.
While you may not learn a lot about the trail itself it is in the journey that I found the most entertainment. I'm not sure that I like her but the situations she encountered along the way are relatable and you can empathize with the fear, worry and elation that she experiences along her journey as she encounters new challenges and meets new people.
This book really captured the spirit of a woman who is absolutely broken hearted by the death of her mother. The candor of her trials as well as her stubborn drive really made me want her to continue her journey to the end. I felt her pain when she described the blisters and sores on her feet, the sores on her hips from the backpack, the disbelief when her box with her money wasn't at the post office, the decision to drink the last bit of water because there was a reservoir up ahead - and it didn't have water in it.
This was a snapshot of a winning spirit and what this woman accomplished when the odds were against her. We all face challenges in life and just listening to Cheryl rally again and again gives me hope for everyone including myself.
What a great book!
I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.
I do not usually read (or listen to) stories from this genre but I was pleasantly surprised! I cried, I laughed, and the narrator was able to pull me into the story so that I felt I was actually on the trail with Cheryl.
Always wanted to do the hike; now I don't have to.
In to the Wild
Saying good by to her horse
Greta effort by an up and coming author
Don't think so. Narration was pretty good. I've read over 200 titles in audible and I've read and heard better.
Detailed her experiences on the trail rather than focusing on the background crap. I anticipated a woman hiking alone in the back country for the first time to have more to share about her solitude and her wilderness experiences. It seems like poor planning is the crux of this tale.
No. She pretty much lets us know who and what she is. Pretty shallow personality and not especially interesting.
Recently, I hear Oprah is raving about this book. Interestingly enough I'm not surprised by this. I have found many of Oprahs fav's strange and disturbing, or keenly off kilter. Her endorsement is certain to lift this author in to the stratosphere in terms of book sales. Pretty lucky, actually, because for the most part I was pretty disappointed with the content, the plot, and the follow-through. I was expecting more. I found it underwhelming. I think she might have been better off taking the bus to Oregon.
I hate hiking, but this book intrigued me so much that I have started reading the blogs of people hiking the PCT this year. This simple story draws you in and keeps your entertained from beginning to end.
It's spring now and as usual this time of year I'm itching to get out hiking and backpacking. This book was just what I needed to listen to on one of my rambles. I could identify with several of Strayed's experiences. She shows how satisfying it can be to find out that you can take care of yourself out there on the trail. You can make it through discomforts and actually feel good about it (afterwards). She shows that even modern humans can learn some of the basic survival skills, and the deep kind of satisfaction these skills give you. There's a profound kind of joy that comes from getting past the obstacles and finding yourself enjoying a sunset far from civilization just before you climb into a cozy sleeping bag for the night. I've never been able to explain this phenomena to my city bound friends so I'm trying to get them to listen to Cheryl Strayed's book.
Yes I would recommend to my friends.
I love that she just up and went on an amazing journey. You sure can learn a lot about yourself alone in the woods!
Be Ready to have map handy. I could help but look up where she was along the PCT.
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I enjoyed Strayed's account of her hike, journey and experiences of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It reminded me of "A Walk in the Woods," where the author hiked the Appalachian Trail.