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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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    Stu 01-14-15
    Stu 01-14-15
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    "Not likable character"
    What would have made Wild better?

    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.


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

    No, I love personal adventure stories. Unfortunately this wasn't much of an adventure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing, the narrator was good.


    What character would you cut from Wild?

    Cheryl, the author & main character.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-04-15
    Andrew Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Overrated"

    Found it to be to wordy and repetitive. Probably could have told the story in 3/4 the length.

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    E. Wells Missouri 01-03-15
    E. Wells Missouri 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Wild?

    Started this book but quickly became disgusted with the foul language. Just stopped it and purchased another book. Complete waist of money.


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    Ken 12-12-14
    Ken 12-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A lost individual takes a walk"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s voice?

    ok


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

    I doubt it but I don't know what Cheryles been up to since the book ended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsie 12-01-14
    Chelsie 12-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Bit Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea L Kerr 10-06-14
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    "Just alright"
    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Probably not.


    Would you recommend Wild to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it is very whiny,


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

    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


    Did Wild inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    it's hard to feel good or bad about this book, it's just alright.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Brown 08-28-14
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    "Do not recommend"
    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Maybe depending on the reviews


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cheryl Strayed again?

    Maybe depending on the reviews


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Had hard time getting into this book...it dragged at times


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley J Sneed Jr 06-27-14
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    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.


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    Carrie CHESTERFIELD, MO, United States 03-11-13
    Carrie CHESTERFIELD, MO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Bored me to tears"
    What would have made Wild better?

    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.


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

    Yes


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the performance was very good, the content was the problem.


    What character would you cut from Wild?

    Lots of them. Most characters are only around for a little while and not many of them seem to serve a real purpose.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer VIRGINIA, MN, United States 01-12-13
    Amazon Customer VIRGINIA, MN, United States 01-12-13

    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!

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    "A lot of needless words!"
    What disappointed you about Wild?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    stopped listening.


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

    she was ok


    What character would you cut from Wild?

    ?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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