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!
A great adaptation of the book. The reader's performance is A+. The story is expanded far beyond the movie (of course) to include the Author's experience as a climber in Alaska in his 20's as well as short biographies of several other Alaska wilderness explorers. I highly recommend.
A very important book, IMHO for any young man.
This is just about the only book you would ever hear me saying this about, but John Krakauer is extremely long winded in this one.
The Author wants you to think that this man's selfish insanity was something to admire. I found this book to be quite idiotic. The man spent his life in a very selfish way, and went into Alaska without some of the barest essentials. He died there, and we're supposed to believe it was a noble thing. Sorry, I don't buy it.
I don't always agree with how Krakauer does things, but boy can he tell a story. I have enjoyed everything that he writes, and "Into the Wild" is by far my favorite. I was so enchanted and frustrated by the character of Christopher McCandeless that I felt like I could have somehow been there for him. Now that's good writing! What an extraordinary and brave person this young man was, and Krakauer has captured his character with sensitivity (if not objectivity). Christopher needs to be remembered (despite the fact that he probably would not want to be). I highly recommend this book, and am inspired to go see the movie.
For all the hype I've heard about this book and Chris McCandless this book failed to really pull me in. I enjoy survival topics, but just really didn't get the author's point here. He's repeatedly stated That McCandless was a different sort of person from others that failed to return from the wild, but I do not see how.
I give this audio book 1 star because the Narrator is terrible. Your better off reading it yourself or watching the movie.
Great story although it is a bit overly long at times while listening to this narrator. His voice is akin to the computer-voice guy that does that NPR station identification. If that is your thing, this is for you.