If the person had realized that she is not a tortured soul but a person who is having terrible things happen to her because she is making terrible choices that hurt other people and cause her to be isolated. There is no reason to care for the author.
I would like to have heard about her walk on the trail in less than 1.5 hours of the book.
Narrator was great. No complaints.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
This was an excellent book on many accounts. It was a story of determination, discovery, and acceptance. I would highly recommend it to a friend.
One moment that sticks with me is the passing of the mother's horse, Lady. This scene was probably one of the most emotional moments in the book.
Dunne's performance really enhances the author's emotion, be it pride, fear, joy, sadness or shame. Her performance was excellent and she demonstrated versatility as a narrator even though there weren't many character voices to portray.
There were many funny moments balanced by many sad moments. The author's extraordinary attention to detail and description provided several memorable passages.
This book really held my attention. Great writing and narration was good. This book is definately worth your time.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Absolutely, yes. This is one of those incredibly honest accounts of the twisting path some of us take getting from point A to point B. Not just about the beauty and solitude of America's longest hiking trail, but also story about personal pain, challenge and growth along the way.
Definitely a story worth another listen.
One point I could have lived without was her telling of the story of putting her mother's horse down. Uggh, it's a brutal account and not one for those among us who own and love horses.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and think it can be appreciated by a broad audience. Her excellent story telling and honesty are sometimes sad, sometimes hysterical, but always engaging.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
I love this book! At first I thought it was going to be a sad story because of the first couple chapters but its not its such a positive one. I can see why it was Oprah's first pick this year. I listened to it and as soon as I finished it I started it all over again, thats how good it is!
This was the first book that ever made me cry (its the part about her mothers horse Lady) and I have read and listened to 100s of books over the years.
Bernadette Dunne was the perfect voice for this story. Her voice kept me so involved. I loved the different characters she brought to life. I liked her so much that I looked her up to see what other books she has read for.
If you love the outdoors and stories that tug at your heart you will love this book! It will always be on my top 10 list!
Wild is the story of Cheryl Strayed as she deals with a family tragedy amidst the ruins of an essentially broken, though all too familiar, modern American family. Almost whimsically, in her mid-twenties, she undertakes to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon.
Strayed waited a number of years before she actually wrote this book, since the events in it take place in the mid-1990s and earlier. I wish more authors had that kind of patience, since the passage of time helps to tell her story from a perspective of maturity and understanding. While Strayed's 1990s character is in fact, wild, sometimes disturbingly so, we can understand her motives because our contemporary narrator is older, wiser, and compassionate toward her younger, very impetuous self. Admirably, she refrains from inserting her present self into the story, even though I am sure the temptation to invoke a myriad number of do-overs due to choices poorly made was strong. This book is honestly written, I think.
The quality of the writing is excellent, and details are very fine. I found myself wondering what kind of notes she must have kept from so many years ago to create such an intricately described story.
I have to say that some of her memories of youth and family are uncomfortable and made me wince. I was happy to get back into the hike with Cheryl, where sore feet, dehydration, and a variety of fascinating characters encountered on the trail kept me up chapter after chapter. In 'Wild', there is a continuous pattern of things remembered while hiking, and then more hiking while dealing with the present, which creates an inward and an outward journey. There are some real parallels between the pain of the trail and the pain of childhood and early adolescence, and in the end, the trail's discomforts are much more rewarding.
I loved this book. I will probably listen again. The narrator is excellent, and I was sorry when it ended, painful as some sections are.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
Having read some of the reviews prior to starting this novel for myself, I was prepared for the fact that the narrative was not strictly focused on the adventure of the hike. For me, that was in no way a deal-breaker; in fact, I prefer the book as it is, showing us Cheryl's back story and history.
In my much younger days, I once found myself out of money and needing to opt for a bus ride from Philadelphia back to Phoenix, instead of traveling by air. The trip ended up being a real revelation for me; because rather than stepping onto a plane at one end of the country and magically stepping off at the other end some hours later, I instead spent days gradually watching the landscape change. When I finally arrived in Phoenix, I understood - in a way I had not understood previously - how I had gotten there.
I thought of that trip a great deal both while listening to this story, and reading some of the reviews that expressed disappointment that more focus was not put on the trail. In my opinion, the real value was in seeing Cheryl's history; in understanding how she had gotten to the place in her life that led her TO the trail. That was what gave the PCT trip meaning for me, and I appreciated being able to understand her full journey - both the journey of the trail, and the larger journey of her life and experiences that led her there.
This story constantly had me day-dreaming of starting a trip like this myself, even while I knew how outlandish the idea would be. The adventure took me in, and I loved it. I'm grateful the author was brave and open enough to share her experiences and decisions, the good and the bad. The journey would have little meaning without it.
English major. Love to read
Sometimes I feel like my life interrupts my book reading. This was such a time. This book completely swept me up - I love spending time in the outdoors, especially in the mountains and I live in the Northwest, but I think you could live in India and enjoy this book. You get to know Cheryl Strayed inside and out -- she is honest and genuine and on a quest which changes as she walks on the PCT. Cheryl is reflective and insightful - notice how I call her Cheryl? Her opening up to the reader is woven in and out of a modern adventure story but one which is plausible in our time. I am thankful that, once again, I was sad for this book to end - as a matter of fact, I listened to the last two chapters twice just to say good bye.
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If I can describe wild in a couple of words, I would say its a diary of a long distance hiker. In wild, cheryl Strayed narrates her hike on the PCT from the day she started preparing for it till she reaches her destination.
Cheryl Strayed's mother died of cancer when she was 21. She never got over it and couldn't just move on. She was then on a mission to destroy herself starting from commiting adultry to heroine. She then decided that she had to stop that and start somewhere. And so came the decision to hike the PCT. And to hike it alone. She was poorly prepared for it although hiking the PCT takes several months! But going through the hardships of the hike made her stronger and got her to accept her mother's death.
But her past life and the reason she hiked the PCT are just glimpses in the book and it is mainly a memoire of her journey on the PCT. She describes the hardships she encountered there, the people she met, how she went through each day and survived it. Wild is a good description of long distantance hikes, the prepations for it and how it is done; starting from using the water purifier to sending yourself boxes at every stop to supply yourself.
The hike was tough and challenging. I admire her for not quitting in the middle as a lot of people do that. And I admire her more for doing it alone. She even stayed alone when she could have accompanied other hikers (but she needed the solitude)
The hardships she went through on the hike, the struggle to stay alive each day is what made her accept what she's done to her life and to other people. It made her feel strong enough to move one. To accept life and become prepared for it.
Through out wild She is brutally and hilariously honest in everything she says! She tells about her one night stands and everything that came to her mind then.
Reading wild makes me want to go on a long distance hike!
The book is light and enjoyable. It's a good read if you are looking for something fun. I gave it three starts as there is no message in it, there is nothing that provokes your thinking, it doesn't serve a bigger purpose. Nothing philosophical in it. It's a good book but it's not literature. And that's why I gave it a three starts and not a four.
Wild is an example of memoir at its best because of the emotional experience woven into the challenges of the hike.A good book for me is one that keeps me thinking about the story and/or the writing even when I've turned off my listening device. It's a book I dream about. . . one that relates to my own experience but also helps me better understand my own life. And it's a book that makes me re-examine choices or make decisions about things I'm doing or going to do. Wild does all of this.
This is a book I'm compelled to encourage others to read because I want to talk about the writing, the story, and what it made me think.
Bernadette Dunne does a fine job of reading the text, shifting tone to meet the moment, be it fear, enthusiasm, grief, or sexy. She was a convincing narrator.