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
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!