Theres more of about this story that a trip to Alaska, its a redemption of freedom..of being in contact with yourself..get to know who you really are!..you wont be the same after knowing this story...AMAZING
As you might expect from Jon Krakauer if you have read his works before, the book is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Once you begin the story, you want to continue listening to the end. The book is well-written, and the narrator does an excellent job of relating the saga. There is some harsh language in a few places, but it does not seem excessive.
I have never read a book on this particular subject before -- that is, what drives a person like McCandless to seek an isolated wilderness experience that is "back to the basics". At times I have also followed the urge to experience the wilderness solo, and I have had a few such minor experiences. However, the book helped me to understand the difference between "the extreme" McCandless and myself. The book identifies McCandless' primary motivators as "youthful enthusiasm" and an "enthrallment with a fantasy image of nature". I would even call it a form of "nature worship". Others (as myself) appreciate nature and love to experience its pleasures and hardships, but our experiences are tempered by reality and wisdom... not immersion in a fantasy.
Anyway, an excellent read. Recommended.
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.
I love trees!
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.
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.
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.
It's just full of so much fluff and filler. The author speculates about much of the thoughts and actions of Candlis making this more a work of fiction that anything yet the reader reads it like a news story... and fails to really engage me with any feeling of empathy with the main character
turned it into a novella... or a pamphlet
I'm afraid I found his telling of this story boring and without life
it's already a movie which was great... but this was boring.