While the story was good, the author over explained everything. There was no room for the reader/listener to have any wonder, leave any room for thought or question. I'll see the movie, hoping it takes out so much thought process given.
As a grandmother of 3 young boys and having raised my family in the great outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing etc, I found this story amazing she actually survived! There are a lot of scary things in the wild. Preparation is imperative! She was ill prepared but preserved and made it through. Humans are the scariest things in the forest! I applaud her effort and her healing (including her feet).
Say something about yourself!
Yes. Great example of a memoir that is entertaining and full of adventure.
No, but I looked forward to picking it back up each time.
Great book. Reminds me of Walk Across America. Only portion I didn't enjoy and added no value to the book was the killing of her mothers horse.
Ugh, I totally wanted to enjoy this book because the movie received such rave reviews. That said, I thought the narration was a disaster. I am returning this book because I just can't bear to listen to it. I lasted until about chapter 3 and finally gave up. Here's the thing though, the narrator is a lovely performer with a nice voice and excellent pronounciation. She just doesn't fit the role AT ALL.
I don't know the author, but I know how she describes herself in this book is completely opposite of how the narrator sounds. I expect her to sound rough around the edges, informal, emotional even. This woman sounds like she's approaching 60 and meets the ladies for high tea every afternoon. Another reviewer said they like to have the narration remind them of how it would sound in their head if they themselves were reading it. I agree. I felt like I was being read to and my storyteller was just worried about ennuciation and pronunciation. I'm going to read it on my own.
Wild was a story of a young girl trying to find herself after the loss of her mother.
It was inspirational, sad, and full of suspense. I only wished for more information and story telling about the trail. Had a lot of family drama compared to a journey taken on the PCT.
The narrator did a fantastic job of story telling.
I loved the amazing story of Cheryl's journey. I felt like I was right there with her experiencing it all.
All of them
No. Her voice/style absolutely do not fit the author and tone of this book. It's uncomfortable to listen to, and I couldn't finish it. Her portrayal of dialogue in the story is forced, artificial, and ultimately offensive. I think she's trying to fake an accent she imagines to be western? Yikes. That's enough, Ms. Dunne.
I was interested in reading this book before seeing the movie after hearing and reading such rave reviews of the book. After I finished the book I kind of wondered where the time went and where everyone saw the hype.
I felt that the story was slightly dull and carried on about things that weren't going to "make" the story. I loved learning about Cheryl's life and her relationships (specifically, the one with her mother) but, when it came to the actual hiking and traveling, not so much. The story was predictable. I just felt that with every struggle there was a less exciting solution. I couldn't tell if the book itself lacked in excitement or if it was the narrator. I do not think that what Cheryl did was easy by any means, I just felt as though the hype around the book inflated my expectations of her journey.
Adding to why I felt it was disappointing, her voice was very bland which could have led me to think the story was duller than it truly was had I read it on my own. Monotoned through the whole story.
I am still interested in seeing the movie. The book has some wonderful highlights and I am curious to see how they have transferred it from book to cinema.