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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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    Jen 05-24-15
    Jen 05-24-15
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    "A lovely read!"

    Interesting and amazing...her journey and the the book! Definitely recommend this read! I really enjoyed it from start to finish and admired her courage to take on such an adventure on her own! Very inspiring.

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    DB Atlanta 05-21-15
    DB Atlanta 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I love books that make you think. Create introspection and make you wonder what "I would do".

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    Lauren Schade 05-20-15
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    "Wild review"

    Man oh man. By the time I only had 4 hours to go I was done. Strayed seemed to just be reliving the same experiences over again in different places and trying to find new metaphors in order to reach the exact same epiphany. Too much time is spent on her mother in the beginning instead of mixing it in like strayed does with other moments from her life. Finishing this audiobook felt like walking my own never ending pacific crest trail. Not to say that I didn't hate it. I just wish the storytelling would have been able to do justice to the story.

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    Carly 05-13-15
    Carly 05-13-15
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    "Good. Not Great."

    Overall I enjoyed the story of Wild, but I abandoned the book about halfway through and decided to try to finish it a month or so later. It took a while for me to really start enjoying it. Part of the reason was I didn't enjoy Bernadette Dunne's narration of the story. She wasn't believable when it came to narrating the story. I feel that I would have probably enjoyed the book more had I read it myself.

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    Chuck 05-12-15
    Chuck 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good story narrated well"

    Cheryl was brutally honest about her own weaknesses. Her mental journey was as fraught with challenges as was her Phusical one. Well written and interesting.

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    Brian 05-12-15
    Brian 05-12-15
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    "Pretty Good - trail stories +, drug stories -"

    Really enjoyed the stories from the trail, the people, the experiences.

    When I looked at reviews of the movie -- I know I don't need to see it as it seems to highlight the personal stories off the trail - sex, drugs.

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    Julie Schneider Pauma Valley, CA, US 05-10-15
    Julie Schneider Pauma Valley, CA, US 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved it."

    It was an interesting story and knowing I can't do the PCT, it was fun to visit it vicariously. Good read.

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    Anonymous 05-08-15
    Anonymous 05-08-15
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    "Alright"

    After hearing such great things I was excited to listen to this. Unfortunately it was just alright. I didn't find myself excited to come back between sessions and while it wasn't bad, I could have done without.

    For a story about a 26 year old woman I felt like the narrator was in her late 60's, which felt very off.

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    Monica 05-08-15
    Monica 05-08-15
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    "Blessed"

    I feel totally blessed to have had read this book.
    Thank you Cheryl for writing your story for the world to read. Your story holds a very special place in my heart.
    Thank you.

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    Nina Shelby 05-06-15
    Nina Shelby 05-06-15
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    "Pretty Good"
    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Probably, but I'll read it instead of listening to the audiobook.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Probably Cheryl


    Any additional comments?

    This book was good it just feels a little long as an audiobook. It's a relatively short book, and it would have been better to read. Not as much action happens in the book as you'd expect, but it is a true story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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