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An unforgettable journey of self-discovery, Wild is written by international best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and is a complete and unabridged audiobook memoir with a powerful narration by talented voice-artist Laurel Lefkow. Now also a hugely successful film starring Reece Witherspoon. Audible listeners follow the heartbreaking true story of a young woman who experiences intense grief and a life undone, only to rediscover herself as she forges ahead on a seemingly impossible solo journey across the American wilderness. This is a story that will stay with you long after the final word.

Summary

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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  • Colin
  • WATFORD, United Kingdom
  • 30-01-15

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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An Inspiration

Great narrator, the whole thing made me feel like I was Sheryl, I couldn't stop listening, just wanted to know what happened next!

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wow

or inspiring story by what it seems a strong independent woman loved it amazing I 100% recommend it. just amazing

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Brilliant

Very good, written well. always wanted to know what happened next. Made you think if you could do a similar project it took a lot of guts to take on such a dangerous journey

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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,

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Amazing story

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

I love many aspects of this book - the independence to strike out on her own. Her pure honesty of her feelings and emotions through out. The rawness of her experience.
What I found difficult to listen to was the level of pain she has felt through the tough parts in her life. I found it really difficult to listen to in parts, tears rolling down my face - this experience in some ways overwelmed the rest of the story.
Worth a listen and maybe bypass the really gritty bits if you like me don't want to fall asleep crying!!

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Strong woman role protagonist novel!

I throughly enjoyed this book; I'm a community nurse and I listened to all 12hours during my visits! The narrator is very easy to listen too, and I enjoyed her accents. However the book does make me want a Snapple lemonade!

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Brilliant book

Saw the film that is based on this book, so thought I would give it a read. Fabulous book, sad, sweet and funny. Would definitely recommend. Performance was very good, very enjoyable.

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Awesome Listen

What did you like most about Wild?

Following her story, the ups and the downs, the funny mistakes she makes and the way she describes how she goes through her ordeals is captivating

What did you like best about this story?

The journey. I felt like I was on the journey with her and felt more determined in my own life too.

What about Laurel Lefkow’s performance did you like?

I LOVED her read. I thought she was absolutely spot on. Best narrarator I have heard.

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

No, its not like that. For me it was a journey I wanted to take over time, the same as the character. I found it relaxing and listen at bedtime.

Any additional comments?

The way she describes her ordeal with the passing of her mother at the start of the book it actually amazing. I normally dont want to read about grief. But she drew me in and I felt every inch of loss for her. It was fascinating and incredible. So well written. And the pace of it was awesome too from the narrator. It was so well written and read.

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Utterly fabulous

I laughed, I cried, I took a days holiday to finish it, completely wonderful. If you are listening to it on the beach don't forget the tissues

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  • Kim
  • 06-01-15

Very nice

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

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  • Sarah
  • 28-05-14

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-18

The perfect heroine

I read the book before watching the movie, couldn’t be more grateful. The book is simply beautiful and Cheryl the perfect heroine: honest and imperfect.

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  • Olivia
  • 26-03-18

A fulfilling read - without being fluffy

I enjoyed Wild much more than i had anticipated. Always down to earth, Strayed kept me engaged from beginning to end (and the narration is en point).

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  • Heather
  • 12-05-17

great read

I enjoyed this book so much. I felt like I was with her on the trail.

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  • Estelle Ward
  • 13-04-17

Listen to this audio book

Refreshing, humbling, thought provoking and inspiring. As I'm sure it has been the source of insight needed for many before, this book has inspired me to set off on my own adventure. Such an incredibly powerful book. All women and men alike should read/ listen to.

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  • Hayley
  • 22-02-17

Wild and free

This story is beautiful, transformative, adventurous, relatable and so well told. The narration is spot on, with full scale emotion and joy conveyed to the listener. Fantastic. My favorite audiobook so far.

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  • Samantha
  • 23-06-15

Better than the movie

An inspirational listen. Beautifully read and far more entertaining than the movie which missed a lot of the key content

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  • Natalie
  • 22-03-15

Gripping. Inspiring!Felt like I was on the PCT too

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Having seen the movie, I was compelled to read/listen to the book and was even more inspired. The honesty and open way in which Cheryl has told her very personal story, is an inspiration in so many ways. I am still amazed she did this journey alone AND at such a young age! What a courageous women she was/is and I'm so thrilled her story is out there now for us all to enjoy and be part of. I admit I was a tad saddened when my listening journey came to an end as I had enjoyed it so much.

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  • Daniela
  • 14-03-15

Powerful

I feared the narration of such a journey could be not up to the task of capturing the beauty, emotion and challenges that such an endeavour must have been for ms. Strayed.
Well I was pleasantly surprised.
It is totally captivating and a great read!

(....makes me want to put on my backback and head out of the door NOW).