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Wild Audiobook

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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    "Such an inspiring story"

    This was a wondering book to listen to and serves as a testament to the fact that life is a journey and we all learn one day at a time. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to escape for a few hours a day

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    Stephen Nute 08-10-16
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    "Not my style"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, those who follow my advice would not like it. (Others may love it)


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

    low key


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but really liked her performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not make one


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    This review is only based on personal preference.

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    Chad & Angela 08-07-16
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    "Meh"

    It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible, it just was. I wanted a book to listen to while I run and it was too depressing to really enjoy or even feel inspired by it. The Narrator sounded much older than the character she was representing and so I felt some disconnect from the story that way too. I'm glad I read/listened to this book but I'm also glad it's behind me so I can move onto something else.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-16
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    "Become part of the PCT!"

    Loved joining Cheryl on her journey! Great story. Narrator had a great pace. Recommend it!

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    KMoreland Texas 07-27-16
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    "great story of the struggle to find one's self"

    great story of the struggle to find one's self, great narrator and well read throughout the book.

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    William 07-24-16
    William 07-24-16
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    "I prefer the movie"

    this book definitely boosted my vocabulary. I appreciate that mostly about this read. I was disappointed by the skimpy detail in the love scenes. but it's still worth the read. it's touching

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    A journey that we can all relate to in its search for inner and outer strength. I felt compelled to miss out on sleep to finish Cheryl's story and inspired to walk my own path with appreciation and liveliness!

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    B. Smith 07-22-16
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    "Wonderful Story of Finding Yourself"

    I really enjoyed this story of a young woman knowing it was time to center herself and get back on track. It was an inspiring tale and definitely makes you wish you could take a break from life to see if you're strong enough to venture out on your own.

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    "Loved the details that made me feel I was there!"

    The narrator said winded wrong or at least not as I've heard it said. That's basically my only complaint! I really related to Cheryl so much that at times it was downright eerie. 15 years younger than her but I've had a similar life. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think this might be one of the very few books I'll listen to again!

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    Jeremy 07-07-16
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    "This is not the book your looking for."

    If you're looking for a book about the PCT this is not it. If you're looking for a book about a feminist (her words) that drone on and on about how terrible her life was and learn detailed account about her mother, her abusive the father, how to shoot a horse, suicide, how abortion is cool just so you can walk a trail and love the F word and non stop other cursing. Talking non stop about how she loves the man that she divorced but just wanted to get a divorce because she wanted to sleep with other men. then this book may be up your alley. At over seven hours into the book she had only been on the trail for 30 days can talk to him very little about the PCT. not suitable for children should be rated R.

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