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)
It was worth the read. Some parts were a little dry and seemed to drag on but for the most part Cheryl told the story of her adventure in a way that pulled you into a pair of boots right next to her.
I loved the story and the book itself but the voice of the narrator did not sound like a 25 year old. She sounded like she was 65 years old...seriously. But other than that I loved the story. I can't wait to see the movie.
Empowering, moving, fantastic
Great listen - it had me in tears and in laughing fits
Didn't love the narrator as her voice didn't match what I imagined from the tone of the book but overall - pretty good
I am 51 years old just an average guy who works in a factory,never read much until I found audio books, WOW !!!!
Enjoyed her story a lot told beautifully,I could see my self in that story from beginning to the very end glad I spent the time listening.
Well written book. Had me from the beginning. I love the adventure that she so ignorantly stumbled into and by the end was a changed woman for it. Also there are a few parts that are a bit sexually descriptive and really unnecessary, but other than that i'm sure this book will inspire many to go on there own journey as it has to me.
It might just not be my style, but I found the main character annoying. being extremely irresponsible both prior and during her journey. yet she seems to not care and wonder why she got to her low point.
The middle slows up and becomes a bit repetitive, but in doing so, cheryl strayed is able to show, not tell, how her journey helped her grow. Very glad I made it through to the end.
I really enjoyed the story, but why choose a narrator that sounds so old? This is supposed to be a story told by a 30-something woman who goes on an adventure to find herself. Why does it sound like my grandma is telling me a story that happened in the 50s?! Perfectly awkward when the author's love escapades start to be told... ugh! It was so hard to associate with what was happening in novel with the voice that was telling it. It ruins the story. I would suggest to actually read this book, unless you're interested in the grandma version.
Definitely would, Cheryl's story telling is interesting and he life is intriguing.
No way, it makes me want to fall asleep. If I wanted to hear old people talk, I would call my grandparents.
No, definitely read the book on your own. The monotone, raspy voice made my mind trail off and I was constantly going back to re-listen to parts.
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