Love the book as a window. Shocked by the number of definitions for the word "turn". Widowed and sad, but thankful. Trying hard to be useful. Have 28 years as a step-father to a fantastic grand-daughter and a not so fantastic drug addicted, step-daughter. Oddly focused on the fun of preparing to die well, and help those left behind, while eating, hot springing, and reading for pleasure.
Fantastic! I read this while painting my house. I laughed, actually, cried, actually, and swore. I was so engrossed in the story, I missed a movie date while painting and listening. This may seem trivial in a book review, but my wife recently died and I have been suffering immensely trying to deal with the loss. Laughter has been hard to come by. Understanding of my pain even harder to find. And healing seemed impossible to ask for, yet I found some of all these in this book. There are some parts of the trip that disgusted me, like the almost rape by an archer, but the listen was an escape and inspiration. I loved the closing lines and found some healing. This book works on many levels, but I recommend it to those who are drowning in sadness. It will make you cry, but that will end with the sweetest of tears.
Yes It was a good book. I probbly wouldn't have finished it had it not been on audiobook though.
I don't know that she has other books
No i havn't.
I listen on 3x so it wasn't all that long. It was worth it
I really could have done without the several different descriptions of putting toe nails off.... bsides that it was pretty good :)
I enjoyed this book, but had hoped for more about the PCT which she hiked alone, mostly it's about her interior life and experiences and how the hike affected that. The narration is OK but the tone didn't really match the subject matter in my opinion. This is a book for chics mostly, don't know if men would relate.
Absolutely! It's wonderful to hear the authors story of finding herself. You take a walk with her as she finds herself during a pivital point in her spiritual journey that is both physically and emotionally challenging. All the while, you get to explore the idea of what it would be like out in the wilderness all alone for over 100 days on the famous PCT.
The moment that she is in her hotel room before the hike starts and she realizes that she has no idea what she is doing and if she will be able to make it as she stares at almost all of her lifes belongings spread out on the floor.
This was an excellent story of personal grit and determination to succeed at all odds. Sometimes I thought there was more detail than necessary but not significant. I found it amazing that she would trust people in the way she did. I can't imagine hitch hiking even if my feet were falling off.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book.
Also, I do have a question for anyone who may have figured this out, but I surely couldn't. Who did she marry? I thought it was the lawyer but I went back and listened again and it seemed like it was someone she met on her adventure.
I would listen to this book again and recommend to my friends. I've always dreamed of hiking the PCT or the AT and I feel like I've had a taste of it through Cheryl Strayed's experience. I really enjoyed this.
I thought the beginning of her hike and her lack of preparedness was a great moment in the book. I felt her pain!
I not only would listen to this story again, but I will listen to it again. Wild is a moving and refreshing story of a woman's obstacles in maturing into the woman she wants to be. She struggles through the PCT with a backpack of baggage on her back and in her heart. This is a must read even if you don't like Oprah's picks. I read this before I knew Oprah had chosen it.
Cheryl Strayed was my favorite character and how perfect her name is for a woman who seemingly strayed off the path of her goals and dreams.
The narrator was good. She did a good job with pacing and vocalizing. She is no Susan Ericksen, but it was a plesant voice.
The trials and obstacles Cheryl faced often made me shake my head and laugh because I could see myself making some of the same mistakes.
I really loved the book, but damn is this woman screwed up. I don't care how messed up your life might be, listen to this and you will feel pretty average. On the bright side, this is a tale of adventure and overcoming all odds (typical Oprah book).
No, the reading is so monotone. The story is interesting, but the writing is so dull.
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