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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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    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.<br/>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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    Sara 07-22-15
    Sara 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable. Easy to listen to narrators voice"

    Enjoyed both story and narrator Would recommend to anyone looking for a good story thanks






    Good story. Easy to follow. Easy to continue to the end


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    Susan Denham Brookline, MA United States 07-14-15
    Susan Denham Brookline, MA United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story"

    Not crazy about the narration, though. But story was compelling enough I was willing to continue.

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    Jen B. 07-11-15
    Jen B. 07-11-15
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    "It's okay...didn't love it."
    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    First off, if you don't like unnecessary violence toward animals, this book is not for you. I am permanently traumatized by this book by a particular scene involving a horse. The visceral abuse prevents me from further illustration on this short but horrifying scene. This book should've come with a warning label on it. I had to skip ahead through the part once I realized how bad it was, but the damage was already done. I forewarn you, it is around the middle of the book. <br/><br/>The story itself is interesting enough, although there are many parts that I found quite dull—the protagonist, for instance, provides a great deal of in-depth narrating of mundane occurrences along her trek. It was a little overboard. Despite the tedious sprinkling of mundanity, large chunks of this memoir are exciting with adventure, with sadness and tension also to be found, so that I could feel my heartbeat quickening and adrenaline rushing throughout the book: the rhythm was well-paced and structured to avoid too much tedium. The reason I chose to read this book in the first place is because I thought it would be interesting and fun to live vicariously through someone doing something that I would never do. I would consider that approach to be an objective successfully met. <br/><br/>Toward the end of the book, I was eager to finish it, so that I could be done and move on; by that point, finishing the journey seemed to be the teller’s goal, and I had become a bit bored with it. Therefore, I will rate it 3 stars. <br/>


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the audio book's narrator's voice incredibly irritating. I was hoping this was something I would eventually get used to and stop noticing, but it did not get any less annoying as the book progressed. Her voice sounded rough, strained, sandpapery, raspy, artificial, and breathy (but not a Marilyn Monroe breathy—more like a creepy phone stalker breathy). Her voice is very grating. I thought I would be able to acclimate to those characteristics because her voice is unique, but the uniqueness never transpired to tolerance, let alone enjoyment. Also, the narrator’s attempts to portray male characters are unsuccessful. She isn’t able to vary her voice much, thus many of the males sound effeminate and similar to one another. Some female narrators can pull off male voices well, but when she tries, it sounds comical. It sounds like a little woman putting on her fake man-voice. I was dismayed as her vocal contributions diminished my enjoyment of the book.


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    Mindy 07-07-15
    Mindy 07-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect book for a time of transition"

    I picked this book before a trip West. I never expected all that it contained. I have already recommended it to friends.

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