The story itself was good, but the narrator was so monotone that he ruined any emotion that a reader/listener would have otherwise felt by reading the story.
It needs a new narrator. The way this book was written, trying to piece together this man's life from so many different sources, lends itself to being dry and maybe a bit confusing for the younger readers (my 13 year old son was thoroughly confused). But there is a lot of adventure uncovered through the interviews, where the narrator has the opportunity to make the story exciting, to elicit some emotion from the audience - which I'm sure is what the author intended. But this narrator dropped the ball. He was completely monotone. Unfortunately this was the first time that I thought the movie was better than the book, and I'm sure it was due to the narration. And my son, who was listening to it with me, never understood that the story was being told as an assortment of interviews until we watched the movie! There was so little distinction between characters and events by the narrator, that my son was not even able to see the basic format of the book.
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.