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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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By Kim on 01-06-15

Very nice

It makes me feel like to hit the road right now. If you like traveling, very recommendable.

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By Sarah on 05-28-14

Good journey story. Not for the faint hearted.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, but with a few warnings. I liked the journey part of the story. However I felt there was quite a bit of dysfunctional grieving, explicit references to sex, and a terrible story about killing a horse that I could not listen to.

If you’ve listened to books by Cheryl Strayed before, how does this one compare?

I've not read any of her other books.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed her stories of other hikers along the trail.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A few laughs here and there. Definitely cried! Was pretty traumatised by the horse story, I had to skip ahead.

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By Colin on 01-30-15

An Exceptional Story

I have to start this review by admitting that this book was a total impulse buy for me, based more on interest generated by the many posters on the London Underground promoting the spin-off film starring Reece Witherspoon. It has turned out to be one of the best audiobooks I’ve bought for years.

Following the death of her mother the author finds her life and her family unravelling, and to say she goes a tad off-the-rails would be an understatement. After a few years of this destructive freefall Cheryl decides she must make a change, and a chance encounter with a guide book on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stirs her interest and she sets about planning a solo hike that will take her over 3 months, and hopefully enable her to move on from her recent traumas.

And you are there at every step, practically walking alongside the author as she talks of the events that led her to be here, a woman alone in the wilderness, miles away from anywhere or anybody. She talks of her childhood, her family’s early struggles, her violent and unstable biological father and, after he had left them, the loving, caring man who became her step-father. The book does a first-class job of being able to talk aloud about the past whilst keeping the listener in the present, with the sights, sounds and grandeur that such an epic trek would entail. You are right there with her at every turn of the trail, savouring every meal, dressing every blister, feeling palpable frustration at every wrong turn when the trail becomes overgrown or disappears altogether. But you will also smile warmly at the kindness of the people you will meet on the trail, their openness and generosity toward a perfect stranger.

Recognition must also go to narrator Laurel Lefkow who does a first-class job; energetic and always engaging, she brings the whole story to life.

At the time of writing I’m still only midway through the second-half of the book, but am totally hooked, and look forward to my daily commute just so I can pull on the headphones and continue my hike through the woods.

An exceptional book, and very highly recommended.

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By P D on 07-10-13

Gutsy and feminine, hart worming tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Just what I have dreamt I would like to do.

What other book might you compare Wild to, and why?

The Way

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

Loved the no nonsense way she came to terms with life and the way it was written,

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By Luke on 01-30-15

Up there with into the wild.

Enjoyed this one immensely. For me it was up there with into the wild another book I loved the spirit of. I thought the performance matched the quality of the story and I can't wait to see the movie.

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By Tat on 12-17-14

What a wild ride

The pace of this is wonderful- I love a good pilgrimage novel and this gave me plenty to consider and enjoy.

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