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.
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.
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.
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.
That's three borings. One for the story, one for the narration and one for the lack of a story. I wanted to listen to this because I heard the movie was very powerful and well done. Obviously this book did not serve as a precursor to the script. There are so many people who "walked into the wild" written about that the listner has a hard time remembering who the book is about. I realize the author is trying to create parallels between all these people but the amount of information shared just doesn't quite bring it together. Also, the narrator is so monotone, perhaps by design, that it's hard to stay engaged. I guess I should have gone to the movie instead.