- 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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This is a great book about self-discovery, pushing one's self to the limit and finding that great source of power that is buried deep beneath us all. She found and used her's, few of us can say the same. If your interested in stoking the flames of yours, I'd highly recommend reading this book.
There are so many bad, down right insulting reviews that I have read. News flash to the Haters: Nobody is perfect! People make mistakes. Sometimes life altering, devastating mistakes. Maybe you can't relate, but that doesn't give you the right to call the author names or to judge. Like I said before, I give Strayed tons of credit for turning her life back around and for allowing us to read about her emotional journey.
Also, for those saying she was stupidly unprepared.. I don't feel that is true either. She was as prepared as one would be for an inexperienced hiker. She didn't have the internet for research, or blogs of previous trail hikers to read. She followed the advise of the trail guides and store personnel and bought the right equipment. Too much actually. She had maps. She had all her boxes prepared and organized for shipment. Of course she could have done some practice hikes.. but I'm quite sure that until you do a long distance hike of such great magnitude, you can never be fully prepared for the physical or emotional aspect of it.
If you are looking for a book precisely about the PCT, this is not it. This is more of a story about someone's life and their adventures on the trail and what it meant to them to hike the trail.
Overall, I think this is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's story and her adventures on the PCT. It was a thought provoking, well written, emotional read.
Her devotion to her family and her sensitivity and vulnerability began to grip me as the story moved along. Her descriptions of the scenery, the difficulties she faced and the people she met along the trail kept me turning pages. I loved how all the happenings of her hike were presented in context with the losses she endured and how she was processing and moving through those. The poignantly written scenes with the mother who had lost the child and her flashbacks of her and Leif at the hospital after her mother died and later “putting down” their mother’s beloved horse had me sobbing. As an avid reader myself, I could relate to how she hunkered down at night with her books and devoured them, seeking truth.
By the time her long hike ended, I connected with Cheryl to the point that she felt like a close friend and when I was ready to give her a high five and a hug, the book ended, which I found jarring. All at once, she’s married and has children and during the journey, she worked through the loss of her mother and the fragmentation of her family, but to me never explored why she had sex with random men in her previous marriage and I found myself worried she might “stray” again. I also wanted to know if her relationship with her brother and sister ever improved. I found myself Googling for stories to find out more about her life today!
I’m sure I’ll read Wild again and again and probably learn something new from it with each reading. Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the risk of putting your journey out there and touching so many peoples’ lives and hearts.