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Wild Audiobook

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

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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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    Sanaz 03-19-15
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    "Great book"

    This book made me cry so many times. I enjoyed listening to it, beautifully written! I felt identified with her although I never suffered as much as she did.

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    silverbeast 03-18-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! Great story. Cheryl takes you along on her journey. An escape but also prompts you to think about your own life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild?

    Great to get some book recommendations as a part of the story!


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    Amazon Customer 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good overall"

    could have picked someone better to read it but it is a good story. I would recommend it

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    ubergoober Columbus 03-17-15
    ubergoober Columbus 03-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought it was excellent!"

    This book could be any man or woman's story. It's spiritual, but down to earth. Loved it! Highly recommend it!

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    Prof WAK 03-17-15
    Prof WAK 03-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious Rite of Passage"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be more appealing to younger listeners.


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    I was hoping for more description of the hiking experience and not so much reflection on resolving personal demons and extended flashbacks.


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

    The narrator was adequate but a little monotonous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Perhaps this book would appeal to twenty-somethings seeking to find their way in the chaos of modern living.


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    Heather Goette 03-13-15 Member Since 2016

    Just a Northern MN girl in love with books...so much that she shares her passion. Teaching is NOT just a career; it is a choice and calling

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    "A True Journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...a great story of a young woman's hero journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Cheryl was it. Obviously.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    Consistent. Enjoyable.


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

    The flashback Cheryl has about putting down her mother's horse was potentially the most emotional scene I have ever listened to. I am not a big horse fan, but that storyline had my bawling!


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    James 03-12-15
    James 03-12-15

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    "Good but too much profanity"

    This book was enjoyable but was spoiled by far too much profanity to no effect.

    At times it seemed a little like "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone destroy their life.

    But, I was uplifted by what she found on the PCT and it was good to see REI get its rightful plaudits.

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    Allyson 03-11-15
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    "Loved the book, disliked the narrator"

    The book was wonderful! Absolutely loved it! The narrator's voice drove me crazy though! It was hard to listen towards the end.

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    Heather 03-10-15
    Heather 03-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst book ever!"
    What would have made Wild better?

    The truth


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    full of holes, lies, and perpetuating the theory that it is a good idea to go into the wilderness alone with out a gun. Seriously, how did she not get raped, murdered, raped again, then murdered again? Stupid woman.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

    Someone who didn't sound like a whiny teenager...but then Cheryl's story was that of a whiny 20-something; so Bernadette did fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild?

    all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    this book didn't suck as much as Amanda Beard's book "In the Water They Can't See You Cry." That book really really sucked.

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    Brenda 03-10-15
    Brenda 03-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I expected more since it was made into a movie."

    The narrator did a great job. The book was entertaining enough. Not one I would listen to again nor will I go to see the movie.

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