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Blanca

Aurora, IL, United States

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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
    (3200)
    Performance
    (2814)
    Story
    (2820)

    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"
    "Whine, whine, whine...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy listening to this book while doing housework and running errands around town. However, I did get annoyed with her story. She seamed to always be searching for something, maybe, inner peace? Similar to the author in the book Eat, Pray, Love. Never satisfied with the good that she has right in front of her. Always needing to "go find her self" give me a break!

    With that said, I must admit, the author is a great story teller. Loved her ability to describe the beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail. I felt I was right there with her.


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    What I did not like about Cheryl Strayed's book - her whining about how bad she had it as a young girl with parents that didn't encourage her to go to a better college. She never explained why she had the affairs while married to her husband. She does describe him as her best friend, but yet she can't help but cheat on him! The WHY is not explained?? Maybe that's in her next book.
    I compare this story to "The Glass Castle" by Jennifer Walls, where not once did she complain about her parents. In fact she always spoke of them fondly.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Very clear and captivating voice.


    Did Wild inspire you to do anything?

    Somewhat. I am adventurous, within reason. I could never set off to hike the PCT but I would love to go visit that part of the country someday.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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