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Wild by Nature

From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One woman.

Ten thousand miles on foot.

Six countries.

Eight pairs of hiking boots.

Three thousand cups of tea.

One thousand days and nights.

"The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now." - from Wild by Nature

Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis takes you on the trail of her 10,000-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, at which point she was transported by boat to complete the hike at her favorite tree in Australia.

Against nearly insurmountable odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the Mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand, dehydration, and a life-threatening abscess.

This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.

Cover design by Danielle Christoper

©2014 Sarah Marquis (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Why is she out there? What drives her?

I had really high hopes for this. It wasn't bad, but it didn't quite live up to them.

The author never really shares her soul. She held so much back that it really devalued the story. I don't want to give anything away, but you will ask yourself. OK, but why doesn't she just? Or, why did she do that? You will never understand her struggles within as she never shares them. You get hints at it at times, but not enough to know her. You can't mentally walk in her shoes as you can with so many of this theme.

On the other side, she does share detailed descriptions of her journeys, which at times are fascinating. Though other parts of her journey where rather glossed over I felt. Though parts where a real eye opener for me and genuinely shocking. I couldn't stop listening to some chapters because of this. These sections would have got 5 stars.

The actual reading of the book is a bit "flat" at the start, but gets better as it progresses.

So I would absolutely recommend this. Its worth it. An although this isn't 5* material in my view. I would be very interested in hearing anything else she writes (in English :) ).

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A few false starts due to the narrator’s accent. But the adventure called me back. Starts off well, I love the finer detail of travel. The self reflection as well as finer view on humanity and it’s destructive ways is well put without dampening too much of the journey. However I felt like it skipped over great distances and travel detail sometimes. Is the nature of self documented travel I understand. Enjoyable adventure, despite the misadventures faced and detours made.

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  • Jan
  • Smiths Gully, Australia
  • 25-04-2018

Moving and magical

I have actually already read the print copy but I felt compelled to listen to it again on audible. The story is one that has profoundly affected my life previously and while the narrators Voice takes a little warming to, I was not disappointed at all that I spent the extra credit in revisiting this magical tale of an extraordinary woman‘s journey.
With her profound insights into so many things I hold dear, this book is more than just another adventure story.

I can highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys insights into the human spirit, independent adventuring or simply learning about other cultures that is seldom glimpsed in traditional travels.

Allow yourself to be swept away for hours and take forward with you an insight into your own possibilities.

A truly exceptional human being and a wonderful addition to any audiobook library.

Thank you Sarah!

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  • allieb
  • 31-03-2017

I wanted to like it - really I did

Would you try another book from Sarah Marquis and Stephanie Hellert - Translator and/or Emily Lawrence?

Probably not

What could Sarah Marquis and Stephanie Hellert - Translator have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It read too much like a dry, unemotional journal where she took her notes from her travels and just put them in sentence form. I'm not sure how it could have been changed to make it more enjoyable. It just seemed "off" overall to me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Lawrence?

Anyone but her. I did not like her monotone breathiness at all. It made me felt completely detached from the experiences the author had. I could not connect to the story because of the narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The redeeming quality is that normally I am drawn to this type of book and experience. I thought how can I go wrong with this book? The cover art is the best thing about it unfortunately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2017

A good book but .....read before purchasing

What did you like best about Wild by Nature? What did you like least?

First off, it is a good read/listen. If you are looking for a travelogue by someone like yourself, an average Joe that decided it was time to do something exciting and leave their life to pursue some type of adventure, you will be disappointed. The author is a professional traveler. I got the sense that it was written from the perspective of someone that, although she has a love of travel, does it because it is her profession. She has sponsors and and a person to run her expedition. There seems to be no growing pains to tackle during the trip and when things get hairy, she was extracted from where she was and taken to safety. The comfort of knowing that a bad tooth in Mongolia can be taken care of with a call to a sponsor who will wish you away to Japan for 6 weeks makes the stress of such a trip a lot easier. Once I got past the underlying premise of the book, it was a fairly good story. The time line seemed a bit disjointed due to the dates not being announced prior to the chapters.

What does Emily Lawrence bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nice mellow voice. A slight accent but read the story well.

Could you see Wild by Nature being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

This is not Wild by Cheryl Strayed or Walk in the Woods by Bryson or any trekking book by authors a little out of their elements. If you are OK with that, get this book.

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  • Kari
  • 08-11-2017

Not recommended

I have traveled the world and read an array of travel essays. This book unfortunately did not capture me nor draw me in.

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  • RJS
  • 04-02-2018

Enjoyable travel journal.

Like listening to someone tell me about their holiday rather that a deep or immersive story. I found the narrator's sleepy tone a bit fake. But it was enjoyable enough to keep listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2019

loved this book

an inspirational story of an amazing womans journey. loved the practical tips. written brilliantly. narrator was really easy to listen to. would recommemd to women who love the outdoors, endurance, hiking and travel.