I'm on the fence about it. I was captivated by the book, but not fascinating. A pretty simple story — a man denounces the civilization for a few months, goes to Alaska, and doesn't make it back. There's more to the story — insights into mountaineering, hiking, Alaska, etc, but I don't think it's enough. I don't regret the time spent listening to the book, but I probably wouldn't give it a very high recommendation. Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" moved me much more.
The audio chapters annoyingly don't match the book chapters. Once in a while the audio would repeat a few phrases.
I liked the way Chris' struggle is depicted
Tame out all the authors tie ins to his own life
It's not a biography. It's a good story, but a lot of it has more to do with the authors life and struggle than with Chris'
I think everyone has at some point fantasized about leaving the world behind and going on the road. Becoming a drifter, or an explorer of urban america. This is a story about someone who actually did it. This is the perfect form of escapism.
I bought this book to listen to on my flights to Alaska. I didn't get the chance to do so. I finally listened to this book a few months after we came home. I am amazed by people who are willing to give it all up, travel, and pursue a dream. It made me very sad to see his dream slide from his fingers when he was so close to completing it!
I had seen the movie a few years ago and found myself strangely attached to Chris, but he took his thoughts and dreams further than most people would dare.
During listening to this book, I was able to put images from the movie in my head to help mentally fulfill the story. For me this helped. I enjoyed the story very much as a narration. And even though knew the outcome going into the story, it was fascinating to hear a researched account of Chris' life journey.
I am on this adventure and journey kick right know as I am craving a serious road trip. I get to listen to these books on my commute to and from work, and to job sites.
I highly recommend this book. I had just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I think gave me patience for this book. I would have enjoyed it anyway, but reading books in this genre settles the mind, makes you ponder, and gives you perspective if you let it.
Having listened to this about 6 months ago, I find myself often talking about to people, especially the book's unexpected conclusions.
Very different life
Yes, its an interesting story about the road not taken.
No, first book. Does a very good job.
The fact that the ending was so unnecessary.
Worth reading. A different sad life. Kid really needed some mental help.
If you are unfamiliar with this story check it out. Book is well read and Jon Krakauer's writing style is right on point for this material.
If you've read an article about the Kris McCandless story and are still curious, read the book for all the details. My guess is that just the article would suffice for most of us (me included). I was unsympathetic to Kris McCandless, so that stopped me from being really into this book. That said, it's well written and well performed. If you like Into Thin Air, you can expect pretty much the same in terms of writing style.