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Wild Audiobook

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    joan 02-04-15
    joan 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Great story and narrator. Inspiring, makes me want to walk at least a portion of the Pacific crest Trail.. Well written.

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    Dawn Dunbar 02-03-15
    Dawn Dunbar 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Expected"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure, but I would set low expectations.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was darker than I was expecting. I was expecting more adventures, but what I got was a lot of dark stories about why her life is messed up.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    No. The narration was my LEAST favorite aspect of the book.


    Could you see Wild being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It already is.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story more than the narration. I felt like I was being read to, rather than the author telling her story.

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    Fred 02-03-15
    Fred 02-03-15
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    "Inspirational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended the book, not nessararily audible . It fueled my interest in hiking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fortitude of Strayed. Her determination


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    To the best of my recollection this was the first


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end


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    Joseph Valdes 02-03-15
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it is such a great story of strength and courage


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how it felt like I was hiking with her on the PCT


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought a warm feeling to it through the way she read it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she finally finished the PCT it made me almost cry.


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    Najima Rainey 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This was an amazing and truly inspirational read! I've never been interested in hiking for 10 miles let alone for 1100. In fact, I wasn't particularly interested in the book but I'd heard such good things about it from friends I thought I'd check it out. I'm so glad I did. Her narrative is told beautifully with heartbreaking glimpses into her losses. I enjoyed reading about the triumph of her little success as they pile up and become one giant example of what faith and tenacity can create. I'm sure the book and the movie will inspire a generation of young girls to test themselves on the PCT.

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    Kim POCATELLO, Indonesia 01-30-15
    Kim POCATELLO, Indonesia 01-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Touching"

    Amazing, story, with great insight. Would definitely recommend. Be ready for working through grief, love.

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    Amazon Customer Denver, CO 01-30-15
    Amazon Customer Denver, CO 01-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Meh"

    If you can get past what a total idiot this lady is, you may like reading about the scenery. She's seriously so painfully stupid, I found myself wishing the noises she heard outside her tent really were bears and mountain lions. I found this book to be narcissistic and annoying. Cheryl makes a shitload of really bad life choices and then basically chalks it up to losing her mom and goes on this big hike totally unprepared. If you are looking for something like Bill Bryson's " A walk in the woods", this is NOT it. If you are looking for a book about an idiot who walks the PCT after a heroin binge and an abortion (spoiler) than this is your book. I will throw her a bone and say that it does take guts to write 19 chapters of how completely stupid you are and really be honest about it. She puts it all out there. I can't decide if I respect that or think some things should maybe be left unsaid so I'll make it a compliment.

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    Chelsea Higbea 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring"

    I loved this book. Hits on all your emotions. This book was a great read/listen. The story will stick with me for years. I've just finished and am think of starting it over again already.

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    Ge99231 01-28-15
    Ge99231 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great journey!"

    Excellent journey and it was a joy to hike along. Well written and reminds me of many other journeys taken

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    Amazon Customer 01-28-15
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    "Nothing Special"

    There are far better trail stories available.
    This one is no different from others and I wish I had spent my time with those.

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