- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 20, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007MIWUG0
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
Though I have hiked and backpacked some, and now with two young children it's challenging to go out, it made me want to do the same hike. Not for her reasons, but because every human has their own complicated life to contemplate away from civilization.
In a wonderful prose she describes the trail, her past, her present and is achingly honest with the reader. The beauty and the ugliness, of both the wilderness and herself. You learn what drives her, her doubts, and those tiny moments she decides to keep going. How a thousand mile journey begins before the first step, how each step is brutal, and the transformation each step bestows.
Wonderful read and will recommend it to my children when they doubt themselves. Or even when they achieve something. Ultimately, a great book that draws you in and stays with you.
Now as for the main character... I was not a real fan. I thought she was a slefish brat with a well-fed narcissist issue. She complained... and complained... and complained. Alot of the story as about her feet... and I get it.... hiking great distances- hard. And the majority of the story concerned whether men liked her or thought she was attractive.
There was a little or no discription of the surroundings so unless you have been to the Pacific Northwest, you have no idea how visually impacting the area truly is... I felt a huge rift in any empathy I could really feel for her.
Overall, even with my lack of concern or empathy for the main character... there was value in the story. Just because we are broken, doesn't mean we stay broken. I would still recommend the read.
I recently read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I had bought it a while back on Kindle because it was on sale and after I started it I devoured it. And by devoured, I mean that I read it in two days, staying up until 4am to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down.
Admittedly, a book like Wild would speak to me. I do love redemption stories. I love them even more when they’re memoirs of real people.
Wild is about a girl who, after her whole life falls apart (her mom dies from cancer and she gets a divorce—although of course it’s so much more complicated than just that), decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail (or PCT). Now, I had never heard of the PCT, but I’ve heard of the AT and I once led a retreat on the movie The Way, which is about a man on el camino de Santiago (in Spain). I do know something about and love trail stories. I think that there’s just something transformational about that kind of challenge. I’ve always wanted to do a long distance (read: several month long) hike. Cheryl’s story only reiterated all the reasons I want to do so.
There are a few of things about Cheryl’s story that bother me, but there is a lot that I find inspirational. Because it’s a memoir, it’s not as though you can really critique the “plot” (although I will say sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to get the f*** over it), but as I was reading I found myself forgiving her stupid decisions because she describes her actions and motivations so clearly. Cheryl is a masterful storyteller and you can very clearly visualize the scenes that she shares, both the ones on the trail and the memories from before that led to her finding herself walking 1,100 miles on a trail she only barely knew about. I was impressed at how openly she shares some very raw, painful moments of her journey, including moments that she obviously regretted later.
This is truly the story of how a woman who was broken and angry with life found healing and peace. I think it’s a book that I will pick up again and again. I definitely recommend it. 5 stars!