I rented the movie then I wanted to know more about "Alex" so I listened to the book. The book filled in many details that weren't in movie and I really appreciated that. I was distracted when the author interjected his mountain climbing adventure. If you liked the movie you will like the book and visa versa.
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I saw the movie first on line off of i tunes, and loved it! I couldn't get enough. Chris McCandless was such an inspiration to so many people, including myself. His desire to live his life on his own terms and with such enthusiasm was something I could really identify with. I too felt that the letter to the old man was great.
Just to live life to the fullest and follow your dreams. That's what I took away from the story.
I wanted to know more about Chris McCandless; was he the hapless fool, reckless and arrogant, or was there more to him than that? This audiobook helped understand him a little better, particularly his anger at his father. The book permits us to see possibly more than McCandless would have revealed about himself but I felt one leaves the story, through no fault of the author, having only scratched the surface.
Initially I felt the author shot off at something of a tangent in describing one of his own "into the wild" experiences when attempting to climb Devils Thumb in Alaska - almost as if hijacking the story to pad out the scant detail that is really known about McCandless' oddysey. On reflection however, it was the right thing for the book since, for me, it helped understand something of what compels people to undertake what to many would be foolhardy pursuits.
The book left me wishing I could have met Chris McCandless, asked him questions and listened to his opinions. I also found myself wishing he'd had a topographical map, yet at the same time understanding why he didn't. The story of this young man will stay with me for a long time - to me he was not the misguided fool his critics would have him be; incautious-maybe, over-confident-possibly, overly introspective- probably, compelling-absolutely.
The narration was clear, if a little bland and there were maybe three repleated sentences. Well researched with a host of historical background, I will definitely read or listen to more by this author.
I found this to be kinda boring, and I'm a big fan of Jon Krakauer. Maybe because it's all speculation about what Alex is thinking, and is finally a sad story with little depth. He was just a misguided kid, that's all.
The book is typical of the author but it is a particularly bad narration. Lines are repeated in the beginning of the chapters so often that I began to wonder if that was the way the book was written. Its very distracting and not expected from such a known author.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. The story is compelling, the narration very good. Now I really want to see Sean Penn's movie version.
The story of and details surrounding Christopher McCandless's death are fascinating. Having seen the movie and taking and interest in his life I was pleased to find much more back story and detail then could have been fit into a film.
The only problem is the author, who seems to be trying to sound smart by using as many "big words" as possible. He also spends way too much time on his own stories and experiences, which is not relevant to the subject matter. Sometimes he tries to psychoanalyze McCandless, quite poorly I might add. I listened to this book off and on, only as long as I could stand the author for each session.
Watch the movie. I like Krakauer but he used to much of what is supposed to be Chris's story to tell his own. Watch the movie and you won't have to listen to all that.
Nothing, why is this even a question? This isn't supposed to be Krakauer's biography.
Was inspired to download on the back of a short documentary on the making of Sean Penn film about Krakauer's reconstruction of Chris' story. Enjoyed the well investigated summary of "Alex's" journey and Krakauer's analogies, his parallels and clearly well researched assumptions. Did find it somewhat self indulgent in parts especially where there was a big focusing on Krakauer's journey up the Devils thumb - interesting in itself, but somewhat distracting. Feel it diluted the parallel he was trying to draw. Having seen the documentary (including images from the book & video of a retraced journey) the emotive visual impact missing from the audio version wasn't as much a detractor as it might have been if I didn't have seen it. Good listen... although, in this case, the documentary about covered it!