In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have to leave things behind in order to find yourself.
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even more annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming, where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.
Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.
©2015 Katherine Center (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Commuter and lover of audio books.
Yes. It is a light hearted, good read. Inspirational too.
I haven't, but plan to after this one. She was awesome! A different voice for each character and I was never wondering who said something. I think she may be the best audio book performances I've ever heard.
It was a funny book about finding yourself by connecting with others. A fun adventure. I'm not sure if a guy would get into it. It's more of a "chick flick" type book.
The narrating and voices were like nails on a chalkboard to me- very difficult to enjoy. The book was also so fluffy and unrealistic that I couldn't bare to listen without rolling my eyes. After listening to Girl On a Train, All The Light We Cannot See, and Me Before You, this book was like eating sugar free cake when you were hoping for the real thing. Blah.
I would listen to this again. It was enjoyable, but was really just brain candy. Nothing to deep. No long-term lessons gained. However, I got attached to the characters and would definitely read a sequel to see where their lives take them.
This is one of my all time favorite audio books. I have listened to it several times.
When her brother brings her the cooler with the surprise. I actually cried.........and I never cry.
The elevator scene.
Duncan. There is clearly more to him than meets the eye.
I wish there was a sequel. I want to see how things turn out. I hated when the book was over.
This was the first Katherine Center book I read or listened to, first about 6 months ago, and I have already listened to it again! It went by so fast the first time so I listened to it again. Same thing. I was completely absorbed in the book like I was hearing a story about my possible self or my best friend. Somehow it was so relate-able, even though I have never been divorced and would never own a dog. Ha, ha! I ran to get another book of hers as fast as I could, "The Lost Husband", and found the same familiar attachment to it. I can't wait for her next book!
Tough question. That I would read it again and again speaks highly about the whole book, right?
No, and I love audio books anyway, but in this story I particularly liked how the narrator used the use of things like sarcasm, self pity and softening in her voice to interpret the changing moods of the character.
When Helen "rescues" Jake.
Katherine Center is talented. Having creativity, writing skill AND a connection with the human soul is not something you find in every work of fiction. She is a genuinely admirable person and author.
If you are ok with suspending your disbelief, this book will be very enjoyable. I found that I kept rolling my eyes throughout the book, but it ended decently. I have listened to this narrator before and she does a great job.
The main character is a petulant child who feels sorry for herself the duration of the ENTIRE story. She never reaches catharsis and goes after what she wants. She sulks and runs away from everything. She's pathetic. The whole time, though, she's going on and on and on and on about how she wants to be fierce and not a victim. And it NEVER happens. Not even the ending.
And then there's the narrator, whose whiny voice exacerbates the child factor ten fold.
It was grating and irritating start to finish. Thank god I only spent $3.95 for the thing. And had I known that the character that starts the book doesn't evolve at all, I would never have finished it.
The characters were pretty good. The wilderness course was the most exciting part. I prefer novels that leave out the heaving bosoms and throbbing manhood. There were a few f bombs, but not many. The story had a nice pace and the narrator was very pleasant and easy to listen too. She did the male voices really well. I would read/listen to another by the author and/or narrator.
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
This story had some potentially interesting elements, but all of them miss the mark.
It's almost funny.
Some of the relationships almost seem real.
The plot is almost interesting.
The plot complications are almost original.
The story is almost sweet.
In the end, all you get an almost good book.
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