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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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    Aysha 06-23-15
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    Although it was hard to get into, the story does pick up, but with lots of detail throughout. Teaches you important lessons, such as enjoying the journey that you are on, having the journey be the reward, and not a path to said reward.

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    "When I grow up, I want to be her."

    I wish I was this brave. I am obsessed with this book. Loved everything about it.

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    rooster 06-18-15
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    This story made me want to hit the trails even with all of the writer's mishaps.


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    natalie74 06-11-15
    natalie74 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Made me want to go hiking"

    I found Wild to be very entertaining. It's not a "I can't put it down!" story, but a good read.

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    "Perseverance at its Best!"
    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Women are strong


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheryl, of course, because she had a goal that wasn't easy, she was ill equipped and pretty much uninformed, yet she never gave up.


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    Lori 05-29-15
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    Great book but don't listen to it with your kids around. Lots of sexual content. All in all a good book however. I listened to it twice already.

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    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 05-27-15
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    "Fun to Learn about to PCT"

    Enjoyed a detailed description of what hiking to Pacific Crest Trail was like and the people she encountered along to way. Amazing accomplishment!

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    Manfred S. 05-26-15
    Manfred S. 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen."

    Inspirational especially if you've ever had thoughts of escaping alone for a while and challenging yourself.
    Learned a lot about hiking and the Pacific Northwest.

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    "loved it!"

    What an inspiring story! Now I want to hike the PCT just as Cheryl did!

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    Meredith R. Hall 05-25-15
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    "Wildly entertaining"

    An amazingly and beautifully written book. There's nothing quite like it. The only drawback, was I wish it was read by the author.

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