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)
A different main character, which is impossible because the story is about her. She just isn't a likable person. She did terrible things to the people she "loved" and that's not somebody I can get behind or connect with. Rather, it's somebody I dislike.
No, I love personal adventure stories. Unfortunately this wasn't much of an adventure.
Nothing, the narrator was good.
Cheryl, the author & main character.
Don't buy this if you're looking for an outdoor adventure story. It's an emotional story and one that doesn't have a likable character.
Started this book but quickly became disgusted with the foul language. Just stopped it and purchased another book. Complete waist of money.
Yes I generally find bios to be interesting and this one was, Cheryl was stuck heading down the wrong road and changed her life. People that just decide to do something and just do it are pretty rare and the people she met along the way were interesting. A little slow in some areas but overall I enjoyed her story.
The most interesting part of the book because there was a rather large chunk of info missing. I would have loved more detail to fill in the huge gap between the end of her hike and the end of the book.
I doubt it but I don't know what Cheryles been up to since the book ended.
I listened to this book in preparation for the movie and honestly don't understand the hype. To be honest, I found it to be quite boring. I feel like I know more about Strayed's feet than her heroin addiction. I can get behind "unlikable" female characters and commend those women who are willing to share stories that expose themselves at their most difficult or raw. But here, the only thing raw in this story were Strayed's feet. Her story and insights lacked depth and ultimately left me wanting to hike with the other characters.
No, it is very whiny,
Ms. Dunne is good at reading it, but she has an older voice, so not a good fit of a first hand account about a girl in her 20's
it's hard to feel good or bad about this book, it's just alright.
Maybe depending on the reviews
Maybe depending on the reviews
Had hard time getting into this book...it dragged at times
Protagonist--horny, grieving 20-something seeks wilderness to detox from her heroin addiction and do penance for her numerous poor life choices. She is very self-absorbed BUT she's been through hell, and this is all before she elects to willingly walk through it carrying a heavily-weighted pack she names 'monster'.
Entertaining in its way, I'm giving Wild two stars because the authoress is a bit like Blanch DuBois: "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." *gag* I would like there to be more, but I just don't think there is.
As for Bernadette Dunne, her voice--so soft, gossamer in its gentleness, and enchanting. I could listen to her all day (and did!) Love her, and will hopefully have another title from her soon.
Characters went in and out of the story without much development. It feels like you could stop and start this book anywhere and it wouldn't make a difference. There's not much build up or suspense. The book doesn't seem to go anywhere and isn't holding my interest.
I thought the performance was very good, the content was the problem.
Lots of them. Most characters are only around for a little while and not many of them seem to serve a real purpose.
Love listening to books while at work in my home. I do not have to feel guilty about sitting down to read. I can work and listen! These audio books are great!
Just so boring. Way too many things in the book that are over described. It seems like author just added words to make book longer. Hard to believe she could just up and quit heroin without physical side effects after using daily for a length of time. Now, that could have been detailed more. Could have been used for a lesson and hope for others with addiction.
she was ok
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