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Wild [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Cheryl Strayed (Author), Laurel Lefkow (Narrator)
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9,171 customer reviews)

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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. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise. But it was a promise of piecing together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces rattlesnakes and bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail.

Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed ; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 59 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVGG15G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9,171 customer reviews)
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832 of 878 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story Great, Oprah Edition Awful June 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If I had known that every few pages I would have to see passages underlined by Oprah I would not have bought this edition. Not only does it bump me out of the narrative, but it deprives me of experiencing the book on my own; instead forcing me to think Oprah's underlines are the important parts. It makes what could otherwise be a beautiful story feel like a cheap used textbook. I should at least be able to hide the obnoxious underlining and get to experience the story on my own.

I love the story, and I love Oprah, but I hate having her perspective forced on me as I read. I'll never buy an Oprah digital book again.
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969 of 1,036 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey within a Journey December 30, 2011
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Why read "Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail"? In a nutshell, because Cheryl Strayed is brutally honest about her weaknesses as well as her strengths, because she writes magnificently, and because she speaks for so many women who have suffered similar insults and assaults and have never had such an articulate writer to tell their story. Her first twenty-six years constitute a life often lived but rarely told. The hundred days before her twenty-seventh birthday make up the substance of the "Lost to Found" journey within a journey -- the unifying theme of this book, a theme of personal confrontation and self-willed rebirth in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

If you are able to read even the Prologue you will see evidence of Strayed's unique voice. If that is unavailable and you're still on the fence as to whether to buy this book, I urge you to go to and read some of Strayed's essays. Perhaps her raw honesty will seize hold of you as it did me and give you no choice but to get the book.

This is not to say that everyone will love this book or its author. Readers will respond very differently. Some will be as enthusiastic as the 5-star reviewers and some as unimpressed as the 3-star (there are no lower reviews at this point, which is a testament to the books' quality). Strange as it may seem, I see the perspectives of those who are enthusiastic and those who are dissatisfied and believe that both the accolades and the criticisms are legitimate. It is a sign of considerable courage to hike 1,100 miles alone, while it is a sign of great weakness to wallow in personal sorrow while toying with drugs and ruining a marriage.
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642 of 712 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems if the reader is not in the target audience August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had mixed reactions to this book.

As a disclaimer, I would like to point out that I am not in the target audience for this book. I am 58 and male. I read the book because I am a backpacker. The book sells mostly to young, slim (probably athletic) women. Why do I make this assertion? I went to Cheryl Strayed's event and book-signing. 95% of the large audience (Ms. Strayed is a rock star) fit this target market. The other 5% probably came for the electronic, new-age musician.

If I were in the target market, if I had identified more strongly with Ms. Strayed (or her 24-year old self), I would probably have loved this book. If you can identify with Cheryl Strayed, then you may love this book.

If you cannot form this bond, you may dislike the book because of the follow reasons:

1. The language and metaphors are fairly pedestrian. I kept thinking, I have heard that analogy or phrasing in many books (often self-help books, no accident that Ms. Strayed was a self-help columnist). The author usually avoids obvious cliches, but if you reflect upon media discussions that focus on personal growth, you will recognize most of the language. For example, the author loves the adverb, "profoundly." She also uses some obvious tricks to make the writing seem compelling: sexual obscenities (not an objection for me, but more of an author tic) and exaggerating verbs -- "destroyed" for tired and "shattered" for distraught or depressed. Not terrible, but not Joan Didion or Dave Eggers.

2. Cheryl Strayed likes metaphor as the primary tool in story-telling (call it approach A). She made this comment in the event that I attended. Many authors, however, focus upon precise, sensory detail to show depth of character, point of view, voice and story development.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheryl strayed... March 17, 2013
Cheryl Strayed is a capable writer and as I finished the first few chapters I became a fan. I began recommending the book to my friends and family. Her description of her mother dying of cancer was beautifully written and hit like a gut punch. I thought, wow, this writer has potential.

But as I progressed through the book I felt a gnawing sense that this was not a work of pure fact, and prone to flights of fancy and embellishment. The dialog seemed contrived and wooden at times as the book wore on. Her apparent desire to saddle up with just about any guy she bumped into seemed curious at first, began to wear thin later, and was off-putting by the end. Some encounters read like more a cheap Harlequin romance novel than reality. By the time she encounters bow hunters on the Oregon Crest Trail, she lost me. They admire her sinewy legs under her tight jeggings (I'm embellishing for effect here). They're hiking for the day but they're carrying huge backpacks. They've each consumed a six pack of Pepsi but they're dehydrated and disoriented. They leave but one of them returns to leer at her and accuse her of lying about where she was going to camp. As I read the scene I felt like I was watching Burt Reynolds in Deliverance, "You got a nice mouf". Like someone that's told you a string of faintly troubling white lies, the stink of poor credibility finally overwhelmed me. I got the sense that she created plot devices and embellished stories as a means to punctuate her experiences north of the California border.

I've hiked much of the Oregon and Washington Pacific Crest Trail system. So I'm familiar with what it's like to be on the trail for 3-4 weeks at a time. And there are elements of Strayed's book that resonated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild was captivating!
This book is a must read for anyone who would like to take an adventure either through reading or actually!
Published 42 minutes ago by Donna Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and affecting
I really like Cheryl Strayed. I loved Dear Sugar (the column) and really enjoy her Dear Sugar podcast. Read more
Published 55 minutes ago by breachingtheweb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thought-provoking, adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written, beautifully describes the trail experience, and has a happy ending. Well worth reading.
Published 1 hour ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book! Could not put it down.
Published 2 hours ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, no doubt it keeps entertaining me reading ...
good book, no doubt it keeps entertaining me reading it, moral of the book that I was inspired as Cheryl's conclusion toward ending of the book "Nobody will protect you from... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Trang Vu
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the book espically since I am from the NW and remember the PCT.
Published 2 hours ago by mad buys
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Hype
somewhat disappointing after all the hype built up around this story but still a pretty good read. If ever thinking about a long backpacking trip, this book would be helpful. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Richard Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy, enjoyable read
Published 2 hours ago by Lisa T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just okay.
Published 2 hours ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book about a woman hiking the Pacific Coast Trail alone. A very courageous woman.
Published 2 hours ago by Dan Reyes
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