The execution of this read is disappointing. This is not a knock on her life and her journey which is in fact interesting. I found myself bored too many times throughout this book, without enough explanation during times I wondered what her thought process was for certain decisions/mistakes she made.
The ending was good. Predictable but good.
Bland. Emotionless. Empty.
I get that this novel is empowering for women, but I think the writing just fell flat. The story of her life is interesting, but the result was boring.
I listened to the whole book. And I was disappointed with it, I felt like I had wasted a lot of time so I returned it.
I was so excited about this book, and was incredibly disappointed. I felt it droned on, and the same themes were explored repetitively without any organization or real conclusions at the end. I failed to see the growth that was supposed to happen, and instead of growing empathy towards the author, I just was annoyed.
OK story...it's no Into the Wild.
Fair writing. Fair narrative performance. Maybe if I weren't a hiker I would have been more interested.
I got through a few chapters, but I found that the story is not really about hiking. Divorce, disease, relationships, but not a lot about the PCT. Not what I thought I was going to get.
I kept listening even though i wanted to stop, hoping it was going to get better and it never did. I finally had to just give up. It was too boring. Just not a book for me. :-(
Climbing since 1995
I loved the voice actor! It is depressing that the author is being held up as a roll model. She takes to reader to the lowest of the low points in her life. Everything from cheating on her husband who she loved, her heroin addiction, eating her dead mothers cremated bones, and oh, yea, I'm hiking the PCT. She strikes me as a truck stop lot lizzard but with a backpack. It's sad that they made a movie based on this book. I will not watch it, not recommend the book, and delete it from my library. Yuck.
I found the book repetitive and childish. The structure is easy and the author doesn't seem to trust the reader's intelligence. She has a need to reintroduce characters with the same repetition of words than the first time she introduces us to them. Over and over again. I was bored most of the time this book last. However, it's a Bookclub choice and I stuck to it but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I also did not enjoy the choice of the reader's voice for this read: Too raspy and old. I also didn't appreciate the production choice of having her constantly whisper.
I would not recommend this to anyone. the movie was worse. Why write about the trash in your life. We have all had issues and they are best left forgotten.