My heart alternately raced and slowed along with the story. I was there with her. Then sneaking off into the comforts of my life, quickly returning to hear more of the wild unraveling journey of boldness and naïveté. Delicious!
Yes I generally find bios to be interesting and this one was, Cheryl was stuck heading down the wrong road and changed her life. People that just decide to do something and just do it are pretty rare and the people she met along the way were interesting. A little slow in some areas but overall I enjoyed her story.
The most interesting part of the book because there was a rather large chunk of info missing. I would have loved more detail to fill in the huge gap between the end of her hike and the end of the book.
I doubt it but I don't know what Cheryles been up to since the book ended.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Cheryl Strayed's mother died when she was only 45 years old from cancer. She did not linger very long and Cheryl did not have enough time to spend with her mother. There were still so many unanswered questions. Cheryl was only 22 years old at the time and she needed her mother to be alive.
Cheryl made the attempt to keep her family together but she failed. The first Thanksgiving after her mother's death, she invited her brother and sister to dinner. However, they never came. Cheryl understood at that time that she was on her own.
Cheryl married, worked and appeared to be happy. Actually, Cheryl herself considered herself to be happy. However, her thoughts began to swirl inside her brain and would not stop. Cheryl's conclusion was that she needed to get away by herself but before she left there was something that she had to do and that was to divorce her husband.
The divorce took up so much precious time. The divorce was finally a fact and now Cheryl was free to follow her most impulsive dream ever, to hike the Pacific Trail alone. She needed the time alone to sort out her life that had come undone. Yes, Cheryl decided to hike 1100 miles of a terrain that she knew by only reading a book about the Pacific Trail. She had never hiked such a long distance before. Therefore, she had no experience.
The day she laced up her boots and started to hike was Cheryl's only way to piece her life back together. At trails end, after facing black bears, rattle snakes, record snow falls and much more, would Cheryl be renewed and ready to face a new life?
This memoir is powerful. It is told with an honesty that will keep you riveted to your ear-plugs. I listened and did not stop until the end. There is action, suspense and at times nail biting scenes.
The narrator, Bernadette Dunne, was excellent. The story was read as if you were living the experience with Cheryl. I felt her pain, joy, fear and so many more emotions. I never realized that one person could feel so much.
I would surely recommend this book to everyone. Allow yourself to follow Cheryl on her journey, in boots that hurt her feet to no end, and reach the end with her. She is definitely one courageous woman who found a way to save herself.
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.