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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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    MCP 09-21-15
    MCP 09-21-15

    I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!

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    "Great read"

    I wish I would've read this before the movie being released because of course (from the trailers alone) all I could picture was Reese Witherspoon as the main character... however, this was a great book. Hard to describe - was it a great WOMEN's read? was it a great HIKING read? I think it was a good mixture of a great story with realizations anyone could relate to.

    Narration was fantastic. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone. The unabriged is long but chock full of descriptive, heart felt, crazy stories.

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    Fred 09-20-15
    Fred 09-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book."

    No struggle to finish here. Loved Wild! Recommend it to everyone interested in and andverture.

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    Andria M. Simpson-Russell 09-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Woman against the Wild"

    loved the story and it was presented very well by the reader
    a must read

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    D. Caliendo Kansas USA 09-15-15
    D. Caliendo Kansas USA 09-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book if you are interested in the subject"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild to be better than the print version?

    Don't know since I didn't read the print version; but the movie was terrible which will probably keep some from reading the book.


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    Jennifer Bennett 09-15-15
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    "Great book - okay narrator "

    Didn't love narrator voice but story was great. I was given as a gift in softcover and just didn't have the time to read...adding as an audio book to my commute was a perfect decision.

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    Susanne 09-11-15
    Susanne 09-11-15

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    "worth every minute"

    I wasn't sure when I first heard about this book. I truly was not prepared for how much I would enjoy following Cheryl's journey. it is one I do recommend.

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    Nevis525 09-09-15
    Nevis525 09-09-15
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    "Zero content"
    What disappointed you about Wild?

    This was poorly written and worse is was misleading about the journey.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cheryl Strayed again?

    Neutral


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

    No opinion


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The 1st page.


    Any additional comments?

    To many true stories written that are worth your time.

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    Julia Tattan 08-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    After just coming out of a hike on the John Muir Trail, this story is nothing but delightful and insightful. I loved every second of it!

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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 07-27-15
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 07-27-15 Listener Since 2007

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    "Self Discovery on Steroids"

    I cannot imagine choosing this challenge, especially having no experience before starting. Bravo, Cheryl, for your perseverance and for making your journey so real and relatable. I almost felt like I was hiking along with you...almost...This was such an interesting book and I really enjoyed every step taken and challenge overcome. You find yourself cheering Cheryl on to the end of the trail. Reese - you're awesome (goes without saying).

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    CC60 07-25-15
    CC60 07-25-15

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    "Fabulous Stoy, Horrible Narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice spoiled the listening experience for me. She sounds too old to be telling the story of a 20-something year old woman, and I found her voice to be annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was a great story. I related strongly to the author's abusive childhood, and to the loss of her beloved mother. I understood her reaction to the losses and experiences with self-destructive behaviors.
    I was terrified for Cheryl while she was out on the trail alone. I read the print version at bedtime each night, and I'd go in to work the next day and tell a co-worker: "You won't believe what this crazy chick did last night!" as if I'd been there on the trail, watching her journey from a distance.


    Any additional comments?

    Why oh why wasn't the narration job given to the author? She has a beautiful voice. I asked Cheryl Strayed, via Facebook why she didn't read the audiobook, she said the job wasn't offered to her. Big mistake.

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