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)
Sure, but I would set low expectations.
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.
No. The narration was my LEAST favorite aspect of the book.
It already is.
I liked the story more than the narration. I felt like I was being read to, rather than the author telling her story.
I have recommended the book, not nessararily audible . It fueled my interest in hiking
The fortitude of Strayed. Her determination
To the best of my recollection this was the first
Yes because it is such a great story of strength and courage
I loved how it felt like I was hiking with her on the PCT
She brought a warm feeling to it through the way she read it.
When she finally finished the PCT it made me almost cry.
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.
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.
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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