One of the best non fiction books I have ever read. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't able to read it (how would I have coped, how the climbers were feeling etc). Highly recommend.
I (having not been there, nor having read others accounts) feel that Krakauer's account is mostly fair. He sticks mostly to fact, or as close as he can get from others accounts of the situation. one can say a writer and reporters job is to be completely impartial and not make judgement, and I think he does a good job of it here considering the harrowing experience.
I find his method of story telling, the unfolding of events, structure, and history all very well done. This is the second time listening to this book. I wanted to listen again after the event film Everest came out. I think this is the better of the two, but still a heartbreaking story.
Philip Franklin is an awesome narrator.
This story has always invoke the adventure side of me, not to climb the actual Everest but to take that next step into thin air of faith and uncertainty. I even quoted part in a resignation letter once. I enjoyed the narrator and it is one my repeat list every 12-15 months.
A brief comment on Philip's reading of this book. I'm not clear the South African accent was spot on, but he is one of the most talented readers I've heard. He had to attempt a number of accents and switch back and forth between them. His reading was not a distraction but a definite enhancement to this story.
Into Thin Air is easily one of the most compelling audiobooks I've listened to thus far. Krakauer's writing is both detailed, nuanced and full of humanizing details... His inclusion of his multiple interviews with climbers after this tragic event deeply colors and fills out the story line. Descriptions of the scenery on the way to the summit are exquisite and are probably the closest I'll ever get to being there myself. In addition to the story line Krakauer discusses motivations and even archetypes of high altitude mountaineers; their courage, strength, warmth, sometimes lack of warmth, lack of care, single-mindedness, goal-seeking, and ultimately humanity of this group of athletes. Finally, Krakauer shares best he can the history of extreme mountaineers as well as the lives of Nepalese/Sherpa community that co-exist with this avid group of adventurers.In all this story was thrilling, horrifying and deeply touching.
I appreciate the sensitivity and attempt to present a well-rounded account of events as they occurred on May 10th, 1996. I rarely see an author lay out his own challenges, successes, and deep regrets so clearly.
Amazing account, amazing writing. I finished this in 3 days.
loved it. it was so gripping and the real life instances were very well encapsulated in this book. thanks for sharing your story !! left me with a vacuum in my heart for a few days after I finished the book .
This memorable story tells one how far the ambitions of human beings can go and how much a human being can really endure.
But, on the other hand, it shows very clearly that human beings can be so weak and fragile when confronted with the harshness of the nature elements.
I have much enjoyed the story and the performance of Philip Franklin.
worth every penny and I will listen to it many more times even though I can honestly say climbing Everest or similar mountains is something I will not have the urge to do now
This was a fantastic book. I was never really interested in Everest but once I started the book, I wanted to learn as much as could. Krakauer's account of what happened on that climb is fascinating. The route they took, the climbers, the struggle and sacrifice it takes to get to the top of the world. Unfortunately, I'm afraid the movie will disappoint.