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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Cheryl Strayed

Narrated By: Bernadette Dunne

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2012

Duration: 13 hours 5 minutes


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.


  • Mita S

    Wonderful narration of a beautiful self searching soul.

  • 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.

  • Julie L

    It was an interesting book but parts of it seemed like afterthoughts. I got real tired of reading about her promiscuity in such detail, not to mention her details of stopping her menses! A lot less would have been more than enough! It was an ok book, just not as good as expected.

  • Jasmine H

    Great story, it makes you never want to put the book down

  • Jennifer P

    The book kept me engaged. There were moments of sadness and tears but also of joy and laughter. I enjoyed her candidness and willingness to talk about her shortcomings in a humorous way.

  • Monica M

    this story is so raw and brave and left me speechless...

  • 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.

  • Arwa Yunis

    Despite the popularity of this book, I didn't enjoy it. She went through lots of details describing her physical pain. I didn't enjoy it and I wasn't inspired at all. A better book that discusses finding oneself through travel, is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

  • Elizabeth Griesmer

    *THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* "Put Yourself in the Way of Beauty" Wild is many things. A survival story. A nature travel log. A family history. A love story. A tale of redemption and acceptance. I loved listening to it. I am curious about Cheryl narrating it, since she has experience doing podcasts, etc. But the narrator was not bad at all. My life is not really like Cheryl's has been, but Wild has given me so much. I did hike for 2 weeks on the AT in 1988. I have a degree in Literature and bookstores/libraries are sacred spaces for me. I lost my father 5 years ago and am experiencing "prolonged" grief. I didn't act out as she did, but I was much older at the time of the loss; but I think I understood how she felt. The movie soundtrack is really good, too.

  • Mary Smith

    Wild is a very interesting book! Enjoyed every minute of it. Was great to go on Sheryl's journey with her!