Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.
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.
Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House
“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)
“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)
“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)
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!
I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.
I do not usually read (or listen to) stories from this genre but I was pleasantly surprised! I cried, I laughed, and the narrator was able to pull me into the story so that I felt I was actually on the trail with Cheryl.
Always wanted to do the hike; now I don't have to.
In to the Wild
Saying good by to her horse
Greta effort by an up and coming author
Don't think so. Narration was pretty good. I've read over 200 titles in audible and I've read and heard better.
Detailed her experiences on the trail rather than focusing on the background crap. I anticipated a woman hiking alone in the back country for the first time to have more to share about her solitude and her wilderness experiences. It seems like poor planning is the crux of this tale.
No. She pretty much lets us know who and what she is. Pretty shallow personality and not especially interesting.
Recently, I hear Oprah is raving about this book. Interestingly enough I'm not surprised by this. I have found many of Oprahs fav's strange and disturbing, or keenly off kilter. Her endorsement is certain to lift this author in to the stratosphere in terms of book sales. Pretty lucky, actually, because for the most part I was pretty disappointed with the content, the plot, and the follow-through. I was expecting more. I found it underwhelming. I think she might have been better off taking the bus to Oregon.
I hate hiking, but this book intrigued me so much that I have started reading the blogs of people hiking the PCT this year. This simple story draws you in and keeps your entertained from beginning to end.
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