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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Bernadette Dunne

13 Hours 0 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

March 2012

Audio Book 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Janet G

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

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  • Mita S

    Wonderful narration of a beautiful self searching soul.

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  • 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.

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  • Lorrie Hansen

    Absolutely loved the book and it was partly due to the narrator. Both get 5 stars

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  • Cynthia Montoya

    I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the audio, both were compelling and I would recommend to all my friends!

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  • Albert Gerber

    Really enjoyed this book. It was hard to stop listening to the story when I finished my meal which is my listening time. Thanks.

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  • Anna W.

    The book is amazing, so powerful. The narrator sounds almost robotic. How terrible. It was a slog listening to her.

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  • Kara S.

    I'm enjoying this even more than the movie

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