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Kathleen

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3190)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2812)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Disappointing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Probably not Cheryl Strayed, but Bernadette Dunne did as good a job as a narrator could with the material.


    Has Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly, I was happy when it ended. The author did not inspire empathy. Although the descriptions of the trail and her journey were at times interesting, her utter unpreparedness for the trail came across as ridiculous. She struck me as a somewhat shallow person, and not particularly bright. Her expression of grief at the loss of her mother was touching, but if that grief supposedly inspired the journey and triggered some of her uninhibited behavior prior, it was unconvincing.

    The narrator was very good. Overall, for me this one will be forgotten entirely.


    30 of 41 people found this review helpful

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