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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) | [Cheryl Strayed]

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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    Mike Ravenswood, WV, United States 04-20-12
    Mike Ravenswood, WV, United States 04-20-12

    Mike

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    "Not bad, but not what I expected."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cheryl spoke a lot about her personal struggles. Wish it was more about the PCT experience.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Good soft voice, easy to listen to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The author pours her life experiences in this book. Including some questionable behavior. It would have been better if it was less about her feelings and more about her adventure.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ottey Gardnerville,NV 04-01-12
    Linda Ottey Gardnerville,NV 04-01-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Misleading Title"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print version


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cheryl Strayed? Why or why not?

    Yes ... seems to have led an interesting life


    What about Bernadette Dunne???s performance did you like?

    Very


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

    The description of putting on her backpack was hilarious


    Any additional comments?

    The book was much more about her time spent off the PCT and the people she met there than her actual hiking time , which was taken up with musings on her past and her mother's death. The title led me to assume the book would be about the author's wilderness experience on the trail itself and what she saw and felt in the mountains so I was disappointed in so much off-trail description , which was

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    James WELLINGTON, FL, United States 12-30-12
    James WELLINGTON, FL, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible Book!!! Horrible Woman!!!"
    What disappointed you about Wild?

    That I paid money to listen to this badly written story about this self absorbed, self destructive, self pitying, egotistical, needy, narcissist. Essentially it is her using the excuse of her mothers death for her own bad behavior.


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    That it was not about hiking the PWC (Not that she seemed to even do that much hiking.). She certainly did not even come close to completing the entire trail. Instead it was really just a laundry list detailing her never ending list of screw-ups.(None of which were ever her fault.). Nor was there any growth. Kept listening as I thought that there has to be some redeeming conclusion to this disaster. There wasn't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    What character would you cut from Wild?

    Cheryl Strayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly do not understand the popularity of this book. Or how this whine fest is in anyway inspiring. It was painful to listen to this woman go from one stupid situation to the next, to the next; serial cheating on her husband, the subsequent divorce, becoming a junkie, getting pregnant (with another junkie), her flippant passing thought on her abortion, her never ending lack of common sense, her horrific abusive killing of her mother beloved horse...and the list just goes on and on.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Lakewood, CO, United States 12-13-12
    Lynne Lakewood, CO, United States 12-13-12
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    "Please let it be over!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only way would be if it were a completely different book and reader.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Jasper Fforde - his books and his reader have been recommended to me by a friend.


    What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    I didn't like the tone of her voice, especially when she was quoting someone. It sounded particularly insipid then.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My reactions: relief that I was listening to it instead of reading it, so that I could get other things done like cleaning and it wasn't a complete waste of time; irritation that I had to spend any time on it at all, but I had agreed to read it for a spirituality group. Boy, was that a poor choice for that group!


    Any additional comments?

    Slight spoiler alert: I would almost rather lose six toenails than ever again read or listen to anything by anyone as self-absorbed as this author.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 05-18-14
    L. Calder 05-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Gardening Geek

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    "Surprisingly enthralling trek up West Coast"

    The only reason I read this book was because my daughter in law gave it to me, you know how family politics go. It was a delightful surprise. As a life long runner and walker, most of it being along the coast of Northern California, I was leery of how one could make a walk involving enough to fill an entire novel. So often these sorts of books are fueled by bragging rights, and spend far too many pages on how tough is the hiker, who is out there due to preferring the wild to people. (Tedium often ensues.)

    Cheryl Strayed (yes, she named herself) pens a story infinitely engrossing. Though the sadness surrounding her mother lasted a bit longer than was comfortable, or interesting, the rest of her story was funny and captivating, making a very satisfying read. That it's a true story made it also an inspiring tale. Her creativity and endurance with ill fitting foot wear was wondrously humorous and, well, totally awesome!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-30-14
    Karen Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, not great"

    Cheryl Strayed is a capable writer with an interesting story to tell. I liked how she wove her personal life / transformations in with the story of the trail time itself. From that perspective, the story was neatly constructed. This was assigned by my book group, and it was enjoyable enough... but a little fluffy for my reading tastes in general.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon G. Mensing 06-18-13

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    "So self-involved"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Folks who enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love


    Has Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disliked the character, who couldn't talk about anything other than herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't finish it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-21-13
    Jessica SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written, but frustrating"
    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    The book was really well written, the story is frustrating because the main character made so many bad decisions.


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

    I really enjoyed hearing the areas that the main character hiked through, because I grew up camping some of those areas with my family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like hearing about the PCT while she was hiking.


    Do you think Wild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story was about a woman getting her life back together. She gave a little bit about what happened after, and that was enough.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Temecula, CA, United States 04-12-12
    Sara Temecula, CA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Laugh out loud funny and inspiring at same time"
    Where does Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to 3-4 audiobooks a month. Sometimes its the story that keeps you listening, sometimes its the narrator. In Wild, its both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to the author's trials and tribulations, makes me want to get out there and hike the PCT, blisters and all.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Her emotion and pace matches the character's emotions and the overall pace of the story. Her narration made me cry when Lady died.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-09-12
    Robin 12-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "WORST READER EVER. Syrupy smiley reader."
    Where does Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is so good, it's possible to get through, but I don't recommend it. Pick up the hard copy instead. The reader just ruins the voice of this author completely. She sounds like she's smiling even when she's narrating the most grim circumstances of the story.


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

    Someone who sounds like a person, and not a Mousekateer.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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