Awesome recount and trials of climbing Everest, sad sad story however. I think the author does a great job of describing the emotions, physical duress, sensation of climbing to the top of the world.
Some of the narrator's attempts at New Zealand or Australian accents are quite laughable, falling closer to Irish, but his performance was quite good nonetheless. Excellent treatment of the emotions conveyed in the book.
This image that serves as the "cover" for his book says it is read by the author. It is not. I am very familiar with Krakauer's voice from listening to other titles so this caught me off guard. However, Philip Franklin does a fine job with it and is better equipped to handle the accents. The (true) story is very compelling and Krakauer lays it out well. He has been accused in some circles of playing the blame game but it reads like the words of a man who is trying to make sense of what has happened and he shoulders a portion of responsibility. There are competing accounts of the disastrous '96 climbing season on Everest but none are told with such expertise.
Book is just so great. For anyone who love mountaineering it is a must-read. Exciting, thrilling, wise and emotional records from most tragic Everest expedition in history.