5 out of 5 stars *****
I gave the movie 4 out of 5 stars and this Audiobook 5 out of 5 stars for the entertaining introspection of Cheryl Strayed as she found herself, in more ways than one, on the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl Strayed's thoughts were a self-analysis penned in a cogent flow of great writing. Her story was coupled with a superb narration by Bernadette Dunne; thus, the additional star.
I particularly enjoyed her honesty when she discovered the male side of her being. Cheryl always knew her power over men growing up as a female; but she coped with her nagging problems, created by making bad decisions in a time of duress, by insisting on hiking alone. She watched the male hikers walk out of sight and felt the security of her own world that used to be a place of loneliness, a space she filled with regrettable behavior. The opportunity to be alone in her own world I liken to the man cave; not the social spot of fantasy football, beer, and hot wings but the place men go for solitude to work things out.
In herself, Cheryl found the strength she identified in her mother. Her growth came with much pain and required a fortitude she never knew she had. Cheryl Strayed's courage inspired the male hikers who crossed paths with her. She became the best she could be and overcame her demons that could have haunted her for the rest of her life had she not challenged herself in this personal quest.