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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Cheryl Strayed

Narrated By: Bernadette Dunne

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2012

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
 
At twenty-two, 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 faces 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.

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  • Sarah M.

    Been hearing about this book for years and finally tried it. I'm still listening, though I agree with others that the narrator seems too old (to describe a 26-year-old's journey) and doesn't captivate like other narrators I've listened to; it's actually pretty distracting. The story is interesting and inspiring-ish, though the author spends a lot of time describing random details that don't seem important or meaningful to the story itself. That said, I'm still listening and interested to hear how it wraps up. Overall a decent read, but underwhelming compared to the hype.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amy B.

    I think it could have been a great listen, but the narrator is so ill-suited for this story. Her voice was way too old.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Janet G

    the narrator sounded older than what I would have expected for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mita S

    Wonderful narration of a beautiful self searching soul.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Leah Reimer

    Great book, sadly the narrator was a little whiny and her tone was condescending I wished that Cheryl had narrated it as she has done with some of her other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark W.

    Not an adventure in the entire book, unless having sex was your idea of adventure for this book. The narrator is bored with the story; you will be also. Skip this one. Read the diary of the columnist, that just did the Oregon State part of the trek. Very interesting and informative. Sorry, I can't think of his name.

  • Anonymous

    It's a story of a bumbling ill-prepared hitch hiker who also hiked sections of the PCT, there are a lot of people who "hike" this way from Mexico to Canada. The book is more of a emotional journey for a book than one on her feet, but the book and Movie were entertaining.

  • Marsha W.

    I never wanted the book to end. I could never be alone for so long. She was very inspiring.

  • Erika A

    Amazing read and the narrative made it very interesting to listen to as well. This book is inspiring! Absolutely my new favorite.

  • K Gloor

    This was a great book! I would be scared to death to hike that trail alone and she is so lucky that nothing worse happened. Great life experience though. Good for her. The book was well written and as always well narrated.