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. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise. But it was a promise of piecing together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces rattlesnakes and bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail.
Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Great read, well written and interesting story. Narrator is easy to listen to. Listened to this all the way through in 2 sessions as it kept me interested the whole time. Worth a read.
Yes I would, but with a few warnings. I liked the journey part of the story. However I felt there was quite a bit of dysfunctional grieving, explicit references to sex, and a terrible story about killing a horse that I could not listen to.
I've not read any of her other books.
I enjoyed her stories of other hikers along the trail.
A few laughs here and there. Definitely cried! Was pretty traumatised by the horse story, I had to skip ahead.
Genuine, interesting, touching
Into the wild
When she and her brother have to shoot her dead mothers horse
"An Exceptional Story"
I have to start this review by admitting that this book was a total impulse buy for me, based more on interest generated by the many posters on the London Underground promoting the spin-off film starring Reece Witherspoon. It has turned out to be one of the best audiobooks I’ve bought for years.
Following the death of her mother the author finds her life and her family unravelling, and to say she goes a tad off-the-rails would be an understatement. After a few years of this destructive freefall Cheryl decides she must make a change, and a chance encounter with a guide book on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stirs her interest and she sets about planning a solo hike that will take her over 3 months, and hopefully enable her to move on from her recent traumas.
And you are there at every step, practically walking alongside the author as she talks of the events that led her to be here, a woman alone in the wilderness, miles away from anywhere or anybody. She talks of her childhood, her family’s early struggles, her violent and unstable biological father and, after he had left them, the loving, caring man who became her step-father. The book does a first-class job of being able to talk aloud about the past whilst keeping the listener in the present, with the sights, sounds and grandeur that such an epic trek would entail. You are right there with her at every turn of the trail, savouring every meal, dressing every blister, feeling palpable frustration at every wrong turn when the trail becomes overgrown or disappears altogether. But you will also smile warmly at the kindness of the people you will meet on the trail, their openness and generosity toward a perfect stranger.
Recognition must also go to narrator Laurel Lefkow who does a first-class job; energetic and always engaging, she brings the whole story to life.
At the time of writing I’m still only midway through the second-half of the book, but am totally hooked, and look forward to my daily commute just so I can pull on the headphones and continue my hike through the woods.
An exceptional book, and very highly recommended.
"Gutsy and feminine, hart worming tale"
Just what I have dreamt I would like to do.
Loved the no nonsense way she came to terms with life and the way it was written,
I love many aspects of this book - the independence to strike out on her own. Her pure honesty of her feelings and emotions through out. The rawness of her experience.
What I found difficult to listen to was the level of pain she has felt through the tough parts in her life. I found it really difficult to listen to in parts, tears rolling down my face - this experience in some ways overwelmed the rest of the story.
Worth a listen and maybe bypass the really gritty bits if you like me don't want to fall asleep crying!!
Very good, written well. always wanted to know what happened next. Made you think if you could do a similar project it took a lot of guts to take on such a dangerous journey
Saw the film that is based on this book, so thought I would give it a read. Fabulous book, sad, sweet and funny. Would definitely recommend. Performance was very good, very enjoyable.
Brilliant narrator, great story, very interesting memoir. I'd definitely recommend it & look forward to seeing the film
Adventure, real and inspiring
Felt like a very truthful story. Real feelings and you feel like you are on the PCT with the author
Great narration - one of the best performances I have listened to.
It was all quite emosh
This is a great story - felt like I was on the journey. There was some hard hitting stuff about real life which I loved, no sugar coating the bad bits
"absorbing and inspirational "
I was recommended this book and glad I downloaded it. I loved it. inspirational.. brilliantly read too.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Well written and well narrated. I shall look out for more of Cheryl's work - and the film!
"Moving & Inspiring"
I really wanted to read/listen to Wild before I saw the film, and I wasn't disappointed.
This is a wonderful account of an epic hike - epic in terms of distance, but also how unprepared Cheryl was for the trip.
I loved the anecdotes and stories from her time on and around the PCT, and how these are cleverly woven together with accounts of Cheryl's trials and tribulations in real life.
Laurel Lefkow's narration is wonderful, she has a very soft and lyrical tone, capable of capturing Cheryl's mood at any particular time perfectly.
A terrific account and a must read for any would be long distance hiker. The JMT beckons!
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