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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3 out of 5 stars
By RJS on 04-02-18

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Kari on 08-11-17

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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2 out of 5 stars
By allieb on 31-03-17

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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