Having been a huge fan of this story since I first heard of it, I was excited to listen to the audio version. While there is nothing wrong with the narration, per se, the post production leaves much to be desired. There are several times, as others have noted, when a line of audio is repeated. Although it only happens a few times, it takes away from the emotion and flow of the story. Even while listening the second time, these errors bothered me.
Aside from a few flaws, I did thoroughly enjoy the book. As an avid traveler of the country, I can relate to Chris's need to feel freedom. This is the perfect companion on a long road trip.
I loved this book, even cried at the end it was so good. I love how the story is constructed, the author weaving his own stories in with the adventures of the main character. Also, the narrator is brilliant! I listened to this in two sittings, didn't want to go to sleep. :-) This one is a must listen!
I am a curious listener. I like the old classics like William Blake, Shakespeare and I like books about mind, human behaviour and space.....
Certainly an interesting book. Not so much - as the title refers- to the wild life lovers, but more to the people that live for an idea and fulfill their dreams. Wherever it may take them. To step into uncertainty with so much trust to make it turn the other cheek.
The writer tells the story and riches the experience with his own parallel experiences. This gives a good angle to the story. No matter how alone you feel and how alone you want to be, you never are alone...in the wild.
This book is about one young man who died in the wilderness. There is more here than a biography of an unfortunate person in the wilderness. The book actually analyzes a number of people who have been "lost" in wilderness situations. The reading is wonderful and the listener comes away with a better understanding of what makes individuals of this sort do what they do and why.
I very much enjoyed the movie of the same name and decided I wanted to learn more about Alexander Supertramp. The author didn't let me down because he makes this young man come to life for those of us who didn't have a chance to personally meet such a brilliant and adventurous young man who gave more than he received. This book touched my heart and my soul like no other book I have listened to in a very long time!
I'd have to say this might be my second favorite audiobook. A great story of trying to find yourself and doing what you want.
Have you ever read a book that frustrated you to the core, but yet morbid fascination kept you glued to the pages? “Into the Wild” is one of those books. It’s been a few days since I finished it, but my mind keeps drifting off to that haunting last chapter when Christopher McCandless starved to death in a rusty, abandoned bus deep in the wilds of Alaska.
I just can’t wrap my brain around the risks he took, and the self-centered decisions he made. It’s human nature to not like what you can’t understand. So maybe that’s why I had a hard time giving Christopher (aka “Alexander Super-Tramp”) the benefit of the doubt.
I complained to my husband about my frustration with the guy. Apparently, he believes men have an innate desire to explore nature and discover uncharted territory. He also pointed out that Christopher was just a kid, and that all 20-somethings do stupid things. I get that…kind of. Sure, we all do stupid things when our temporal lobes aren’t fully developed, but what Christopher did was so extreme, and so bizarre. It can’t just be chocked up to the ol’ “kids will be kids” theory.
The thing is, I can’t get pass Christopher’s one big character flaw. For someone who so vehemently preaches the gospel for human rights and social justice, he didn’t do a damned thing for anyone except himself. Sure he visited some homeless camps, fed them a few sandwiches and dropped a few bucks in their tin cups. But really, he wasn’t concerned about helping people out in the long-term. In fact, he actually did more harm than good by hitchhiking in and out of people’s lives so quickly. He had a way of staying in a town long enough to start building relationships with new friends only to vanish into the night, leaving them confused and heartbroken.
I felt so bad for Ron, an old widower who wanted to be Christopher’s grandfather. Not only did Christopher leave Ron in the lurch, he also had the gall to send him a really offensive letter. In his sanctimonious ramblings, he belittled Ron’s conventional lifestyle, imploring him to sell all his belongings and hit the road. In essence, he told the old man that his life was crap, and that it wasn’t worth living unless he embraced an extreme, transient lifestyle. Huh. This is coming from a guy who preached the gospel of individuality and autonomy.
I’m not a big fan of people who abandon the ones they love for the pursuit of self-discovery and all that other existential bullshit. That’s why I really didn’t like the book “Wild” and refuse to read “Eat, Pray, Love.” His parents did have their flaws, his dad especially, but they were the Waltons compared to my own pitiful family. He crucified them for every injustice, large or small, including trying to buy him a new car (oh boo hoo). Coming from a girl who had to ride the bus well into her twenties, he doesn’t get my sympathies.
One thing that the author so astutely pointed out, is that Christopher was somewhat of a hypocrite. He worshipped a bunch of authors and philosophers who were drunks and sexual deviants. In his travels he even befriended a man who habitually beat up his girlfriend. But yet he could never grant clemency to his own father for cheating on his wife decades ago.
I know I’m being hard on the guy, but that’s partly because I’m so frustrated that he had to die. He was clearly a brilliant kid who could master a skill in just about any field. He was a natural entrepreneur, a computer software engineer, a writer, a political scientist. He even had plans to become a lawyer, a profession that would have allowed him to correct all of those social injustices that he so passionately decried. It’s a shame he chose to live the transient life with no intention of connecting with people and making an impact on the world. I’m all for getting in touch with nature and exploring far and distant lands, but humans are social animals. We need to share our experiences with others, a lesson that Christopher learned the hard way. In my humble opinion, if the world was full of “Alexander Super-Tramps” it wouldn’t be a better place.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
In my 7 decade lifetime I've read / listened to thousands of books.
This is one that has remained with me since I first read it when it was initially published, told my family about it and they all read it and we also have discussed the book at our dinner table...eating while talking about Chris' story and death.
While others have noted disliking the narrator I found nothing particularly bad about it..he simply read the book without putting any particular emphasis into different peoples voices..it'sfine. There are times when the editing lacked a bit..fuzzy sound, repeating particular paragraphs etc but basically it's a perfectly reasonable narration of a spectacularly personal story.
I saw the movie one evening earlier this spring and it stayed with me for weeks..I decided to purchase this because I knew how much better the book would be,though the movie is fine..and the actor looks like Chris.
I agree with other reviewers who commented that you NEED to go to a bookstore and at least leaf thru to see the pictures Chris took on his journey.
Well worth a credit..this book will stay with you, be you young or an elder, like myself.
Met my expectations after watching the movie. It gave me closure to hear the whole story and not the Hollywood spin. But accompanied was fantastic. The narrator could have been better but it's ok. It was an appropriate voice.