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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Written by: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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Wild

Written by: Cheryl Strayed
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
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Publisher's Summary

Wild is 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. 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 faced 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.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House

What the critics say

“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)
“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)
“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)

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Great story, but poor choice of narrator

I love Wild, I’ve read the book, but wanted to listen on audible for entertainment while working. In the book, Cheryl is in her 20’s but the narrator has the voice of an older woman, it really takes away from the feeling of the story unfortunately.

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Loved it!

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I didn’t want it to end. Way better than the movie. Loved it.

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Not about hiking the PCT

More about a self absorbed heroin addict that turns every relationship around her to toxic waste. Anytime she does talk about the trail, it’s to emphasize how unprepared and stupid she’s been to go into nature unprepared. Or, she’ll start talking about the trail, then cut back to her divorce, the various men she’s slept with, or some other crazy party totally unrelated to the PCT.

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Great adventure!

Wish this book had been read by the author, but nonetheless a great story about the becoming of a young woman.

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Best book I read in 2020

Compelling story. Fantastic performance. I couldn’t stop listening. I would get home from work and sit in the car in the driveway just so I could keep listening.

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Inspiration to go out there and hike!

I had watched the movie a long time ago. I have been into changes in my life and started hiking more often and thought I would listen to this book through Audible. I absolutely loved it! It inspired me to make new goals in my life and try long solo hiking myself.

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a must read

Cheryl reminds us that we must all find our way back to ourselves somehow.

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I was not the target audience

I believe that this book may be good, or even great, and I can see how the main character might be relatable and funny to most woman, I could not relate. I was forced to listen to this book so I could help my girlfriend with a book report on this book and as an 18yo male I was obviously not the target audience and was not a fan. I had to listen to this book at 3x speed in order to finish it on time to help her, to me she sounded like a bitchy chipmunk, but a passionate one at that. would not recommend to people who are young men, as this story is not for us.

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Great adventure book!

Loved the movie so I listened to the book which was equally as adventurous and exciting, with many more events and details.

My only small feedback is the readers Swedish accent which sounds very Asian haha, but other than that everything is perfect.

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The birthing of who you are

I listened to this book on my first solo travel trip and enjoyed it very much.

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