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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Amazing journey

The concept of mixing the present with lots of flashbacks sounded unappealing to me, but Cheryl Strayed did an amazing job of tying her story together. Instead of coming out jumbled, each look into her past only digs deeper into who she is as a woman. A great listen for anyone who enjoys a strong female lead who can admit she isn't always right or prepared.

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Awesome

Made me want to backpack again now more than ever to get back to nature.

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Great book, didn't like the narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I don't think Bernadette did a great job giving emotion. Voices of other characters all sounded the same. When Cheryl wrote that she sang or chirped or shouted or growled, Bernadette still carried the same voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cheryl, of course

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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I loved it. I'm so inspired to take a hike now.

The peace, the solitude, and the triumph of the hike are why I purchased this book. They are also why I enjoyed every minute of it. Though or life stories and our views on the world couldn't be more different, I felt a kinship with her as she made her way up the PCT. I even to my first solo hike in 30 years.

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Amazing book

If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

interesting, engaging, realistic

What did you like best about this story?

It was extremely engaging and made you feel like you really knew the character

Which scene was your favorite?

When her mother passed away I found this scene to be so real that I felt like I could really relate to her pain.

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

Both. I laughed, cried, and felt anxious for her at times.

Any additional comments?

Great read and movie!

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Good Read

I'm glad I read this book and would rate it 3.5 stars. It's a beautifully written account of the narrator's journey along the PCT (and a touching reflection on the events that preceded her hike). However, I have to say that I didn't find the story incredibly interesting. I feel guilty admitting that because it's clear that the journey was very personal, and the book is written so well. I just don't really identify with Cheryl. I don't usually pick up memoirs about self discovery (I probably should, so I gave this one a shot in attempt to branch out), but I'd recommend this book to anyone who does.

In short, I liked this, but I didn't love it.

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Not quite what I expected, but very good!

the narrator did a pretty good job changing the tone, etc when Cheryl met the various people on the trail. I thought that made each one interesting. I liked the very end... wrapped everything up nicely.
inspiring - proves a person can do what they set their mind to, even when it is not easy.

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Excellent story!

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This audio book was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that needs an uplifting story in their life. I drew a lot of inspiration from listening to this book!

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  • David
  • Hagerstown, MD, United States
  • 01-26-16

One of the best books I have listened to in a long time

What s great book. I really felt like I was along for the trip. Excellent story and performance.

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Beautiful story & inspirational

Well written, very descriptive, captivating from the first minute. Inspirational for women of all ages!