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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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Finally!!

Finally found a book that I can get lost in!!! Enjoyed hearing every word of this book

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captivating and motivating

I enjoyed this story because it hit home with my own struggles to deal with and move on in life.

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Sometimes a "famous" book can actually be good

Where does Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is among the top five. Once I reconciled the "old" voice to the young woman she was representing, I was in; hook, line and sinker. Here life was a far cry from mine but I was able to relate to many aspects of her struggles and the narrative really took me there with her.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild?

There were many, a few that stand out would be Cheryl's encounter with the two men when she was alone and also the ending. I like a "look back" when it's a true story.

What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s voice?

Old (lol, sorry), melodious (once you are used to it), engaging

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

I listen on my commute and I found myself actually looking forward to it, just to be able to be drawn into her world for a bit.

Any additional comments?

I didn't know if i was going to like this book as it's very different from what i would actually read. However i found that listening to a story allows me to appreciate different genre's then i normally would. Once i became familiar with the narrator I was submerged into the story, at times forgetting it was a telling and instead able to "see" what was happening. I always find that a mark of a good storyteller, the ability to immerse yourself into the book. I'm not a hiker so I didn't have much to compare it to but it did make great parallels into things in my own life and i found ways to relate to Cheryl and appreciate her journey, both the internal and external. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it was done.

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Excellent Book

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

Struggle, Grit, Realization

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

Perfect!

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book. I feel like there are few perspectives on the female experience on long distance hiking.

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Awesome narration

Bernadette Dunne is a remarkable narrator who made the story alive for me. I will be looking for her in other audiobooks.

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Wild Is An American Classic

This book isn't really about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a woman peeling off the emotional scabs of hurt, loss and regret. She didn't hike all that much of the trail and perhaps exaggerated parts she did, but the pain is all real. A loving portrait of a loving mother, who made a million mistakes, but lived without regret. Well done.

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The narrator was terrible

I was very disappointed that this book wasn't narrated by the author. The narrator was shrill and very hard to listen to. She was a very poor choice for an audio book in my opinion.

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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