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)
Very good read, narrated very good. The ending was a bit anticlimax though, just think the ending of her journey should have been more of a big deal. Headed to movie right now😃
The journey the character takes to conquer her demons is very honest and real. There is no sugar-coating and her epiphanies regarding the impacts of her relationships with her family are revealing and at times scathing and yet forgiving and understanding. Despite all the physical, emotional and psychological pain she endures, her perseverance is very inspiring. The narrator is pleasant to listen to and she is very effective in emoting the sentiments of the character/author.
On the one hand I found Ms Strayed's story inspirational. On the other hand I wondered if she was so bereaved, why she didn't just seek grief counseling instead of risking her life by snake bite, heat stroke or other perils of nature I hate to sound skeptical but by the end, I wondered if along she wanted to have a story to just write a good book
It was a good book. Not the best but definitely a good read. I think Burnadette did a great job. I felt as if she was Cheryl the entire length of the book. It was boring and repetitive at times but would recover shortly everytime. It's not an "on the edge of your seat" kind of book.
This book is the "I met disaster and came through it a better person" memoir genre, its popularity reminiscent of "Eat, Pray, Love." It's vividly written and the narrator is highly competent, but I couldn't stand listening. Instead of sounding like a woman in her mid-twenties, Dunne sounds like a 65-year-old with forty years behind her of a pack-a-day smoking habit. Her voice is truly like sandpaper.
I lost sympathy with and interest in Strayed's trail bumblings early in the book. You only have to carry a book-pack around on a college campus for a day to understand that weight matters. Or pack a suitcase and shlep it around an airport. Yet it never occurred to her to try out her backpack and contents before she set out to walk the PCT? We learn about the weight of the pack and its effect in exhaustive detail.
Fortunately, it might be possible to read just the back story in the print version.
Wild is among the best audiobooks I've read.
I came for Cheryl Strayed after reading Tiny Beautiful Things which I constantly re-read and which breaks my heart. I love hearing about Cheryl's life from her perspective. I feel nourished by it.
I actually came to say that, while the narrator does an excellent job, she doesn't sound to me like I imagine Cheryl's voice or like anyone who would ever hike the PCT. I actually decided to write a review to call that out, hoping someone would offer an "I know, right!" I can't be the only one thinking this. And I've been thinking it throughout the story. It's actually kind of funny.
The story was a good balance of back-story and tails of the trail. I especially liked the brief interactions with other hikers and enjoyed listening to the story unfold.
At first I was mildly bothered by the narrator as she whistled through her teeth, but I really hated the various voices she attempted. All of them sounded like a variation on a tired old woman who smoked too much in her youth. The worst, however, was the mis-pronunciation of locations. As a native Oregonian, it made my skin crawl to hear McLoughlin spoken as McLocklin or Willamette pronounced Willa-met.
The author's self-deprecating style made me judge her for the rookie mistakes she made when starting out, but then I wondered, would I make the same mistakes? Would I make different, but equally ridiculous decisions? I wonder...
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I'm up in the air on this book. On the one hand, I did enjoy the author's search for meaning as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the stories of the people she met, the struggles she overcame. On the other hand, she ended up on the PCT on a whim decision after using drugs, sleeping around and divorcing her husband. She showed up on the trail ill prepared and benefited from others throughout her experience because she was a pretty female hiking alone. As if they get all things good. So, maybe read it, maybe not. I both liked it and found it frustrating at times. It's a toss up.
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