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)
Cheryl spoke a lot about her personal struggles. Wish it was more about the PCT experience.
Good soft voice, easy to listen to.
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.
Haven't read print version
Yes ... seems to have led an interesting life
The description of putting on her backpack was hilarious
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
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.
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.
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.
The only way would be if it were a completely different book and reader.
Something by Jasper Fforde - his books and his reader have been recommended to me by a friend.
I didn't like the tone of her voice, especially when she was quoting someone. It sounded particularly insipid then.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Folks who enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love
Disliked the character, who couldn't talk about anything other than herself.
Couldn't finish it.
The book was really well written, the story is frustrating because the main character made so many bad decisions.
I really enjoyed hearing the areas that the main character hiked through, because I grew up camping some of those areas with my family.
I like hearing about the PCT while she was hiking.
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.
I listen to 3-4 audiobooks a month. Sometimes its the story that keeps you listening, sometimes its the narrator. In Wild, its both.
Listening to the author's trials and tribulations, makes me want to get out there and hike the PCT, blisters and all.
Her emotion and pace matches the character's emotions and the overall pace of the story. Her narration made me cry when Lady died.
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.
Someone who sounds like a person, and not a Mousekateer.
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