I loved the book but hated what happened. I had heard about Chris Mccandless on a news program shortly after he died. I was saddened by the story and thought about how brave he was to leave everything behind and just live off the land.
Now 23 years later as I have grown and matured I have realized the arrogance of youth. With maturity comes the realization that asking and receiving help is ok, and that learning from others that have taken the same path before you and survived is smart.
When I saw this book I had to buy it and hear the whole story and I'm glad I did.
I feel for his parents and hope that they have found peace.
loved it and great narration. easy listening. highly recommend this book. great for the whole family.
I would not. Despite my love for this story, Krakauer's interjection of his own narcissistic story is a bit unsettling. It detracts from McCandless' story and only furthers the credibility of the author--as it has been scientifically refuted that his account of McCandless' death is incorrect.
The reader of the book is also boring, and he fails to preserve the spirit in which McCandless story is told; although, that could be bias because I personally feel that McCandless deserves a more jovial reader.
The book has no equal to my knowledge. I guess it is loosely principled off the existential authors McCandless idolized, but it is a strong, and interesting, story.
The reader is too monotonous. It is hard to stay in-tune with him during long stretches of the narrative.
Nothing...he pretty much told us everything.
Would not recommend as an audiobook.
This is a great book that tells most of the story of Chris and an insight into the author. I had just listened to the book by McCandless sister who really gets into the truth about their highly dysfunctional family. Krakauer leaves that out and paints a different story about the parents. I thought that was somewhat of a disservice to Chris. Overall though well worth the listen.
Amazing! If you haven't read this book you need to. Kinda book you can't step away from. I rented the movie after reading and it did not compare. The author did a great job describing his life and his journey, makes you feel like you're right there with him.
The book paints an interesting picture of an idealistic young man who may have been foolhardy, lacking in common sense, in over his head, and arrogant, but is nonetheless a fascinating and sympathetic figure.