Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.
Loved it. The book stayed with me for weeks after listening to it, and it still hovers in my subsconscious mind many months later. I sincerely wished Alex Supertramp had survived, I am fascinated by what made this man tick and walk his own walk.
I so often find myself pondering on what life is in this modern age ... commercial and materialism and consumerism, we now live life in shopping centres and restaurants. After listening to this book, I find myself wishing I was 30 years younger, and that this book was available then. I might have thought deeper about what I wanted out of life.
I think J. Krakauer did a brilliant job researching Chris McCandless's lifestory, and I enjoyed the narrator, too. A few repetitive errors in the reading of the book, but all in all, I thoroughly appreciated everything about this piece. A life-changing experience if closely and intently listened to. I absorbed and rehashed many parts of it, thinking and musing over several points and opinions and experiences. I googled the story extensively, and its interesting just how much has been said on the topic of and about both McCandless and Krakauer.
Will be buying a printed copy for my library bookshelf, I intend to keep it close by for a very long time. Whole-heartedly recommend this as an absorbing listen.
The writer gave us good insights into the psyche of this strange young man. I liked that he related the experience, not only to his own youthful enterprizes, but to others as well. I too, took on strange adventures in my 20s. I am sad that this youth never got to experience the rest of the fine panoply of feelings and experiences the other ages of his life might have offered him.
Yes. It is insightful into adventurous spirits and the nature of certain persons during certain periods of their lives.
No. It was done very well
No. I am 72, and into the comfort seeking stage of life. But how well I remember those powerful urges and emotions. I have written a wild outdoor adventure novel of my own. But I am better at writing than marketing.
Nostalgic. But then nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
it shows how happy he was by living with nothing
himself for following his heart
the part about his father saying how happy he was to find out you passed away in such a beautiful place
it shows how this planet is unforgiving no matter how experienced you are if you make a small mistake it can take your life
I love Jon Krakauer's writing, but I never wanted to read this book because I always assumed that it was about a young man who had chosen a unique way of suicide, which is not the kind of thing I associate with entertainment. But recently a friend convinced me to watch the movie, and, after seeing it, I could see that Chris had been looking for a way to live life more fully - definitely not suicide - and I was left wanting more.
And there is definitely a lot more in the book! Both Chris and his parents get a much more balanced and sympathetic treatment than they got in the movie, for one thing. I don't say this as a criticism of the movie; I understand how things have to be shortened and simplified for that medium. It just means that movies can't really tell the whole story.
This is one of those stories that become more than the sum of its parts, and this is because of Krakauer's gift as a storyteller. He took the story of what caused Chris's unfortunately premature demise and turned it into a discussion of such themes as relationships between generations; the way the old have of forgetting what it felt like to be young; and, especially, how it feels to be young and full of hope and enthusiasm with a wish to challenge yourself and find out what you are made of.
It's an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of wilderness stories.
This is ok I guess after you have listened to all the true 4-5 star rated audios.
Wanted to get through it and have it end. I'm of the same train of thought that
you have to be expertly prepared to face the Alaskan Wilderness. Look at how
many locals die by being unprepared and to have an outsider take unwarranted
chances is senseless. You may be able to brave the weather some of the time
but you got to be prepared. Have food , good communication, and have a plan
b and c. Nuff said!
It kept me captivated, especially as I knew the story. One I will listen to again.
I liked that the author put his experience into the story.
(My review may be a bit of a spoiler but I don’t really think so. I seem to be the only person alive that didn’t already know the one critical fact that surrounds the Chris McCandless story. But if you don’t know anything about the story either, you’ve been warned. )
I must have been living in a hole when this story was unfolding in the news and I completely missed the movie when it came out. I obviously didn’t read the synopsis of this book closely before I purchased it either, because within five minutes of beginning the story I was surprised to learn that the main character, Chris McCandless, is dead and that the book is a pieced together account of the years and adventures preceding his death. (There’s the big spoiler. See I told you it wasn’t really a spoiler, because you already knew that)
The story I was expecting to listen to was a firsthand account of going off “into the wild” and living off the land, so I have to admit that I almost stopped listening when realized what the story was really about. I’m glad now that I didn’t. This book turned out to be one of the best and most compelling stories that I’ve listened to or read, ever.
The book has plenty of adventure and fine description of wild places, but for me Chris McCandless the person was the star. Chris’s story and the picture that I formed of his unique personality evoked emotions in me that I wasn’t expecting. I found myself envious of Chris in parts, because I can’t imagine possessing the confidence and spontaneity that it would take to strike out alone, without provisions or plans, into the wilds of America just to explore. On another level I found it sadly ironic that Chris was a wanderer, a super tramp, because each time he stayed in one place he made friends and could have had what most of us would consider a good life. And the friends he made were not just acquaintances, they were true friends, many of whom considered Chris family and all of whom it seems mourn his passing deeply. I found Chris’s unwavering moral compass admirable but a little un-relatable, which made him all the more interesting. The most poignant part of the story for me though was Chris’s relationship with his Dad. I am both a father and a son, and I can relate in some ways to their struggle, from both sides.
Few books make me reevaluate myself and my relationships the way this book did. It was for me an unexpected gem and a read that I couldn’t recommend more highly.
I particularly liked the part in the story where Chris travels down the lower Colorado River, possibly because I have experience in that area of the country.
In my opinion a good narrator is one that isn’t noticed. I don’t want effects in the reading. I don’t remember him so he must have done a good job.
There is already a movie of this book
If audible downloads had pages, I would rate this as "Grade A" page turner! I really enjoyed listening and even months after finishing it I find myself often thinking of the story. After completing the work I became aware of the controversy over what may have been the reason Christopher McCandless died. As these controversies emerged after the book was published, they do not get addressed in the book. I would love to see a re-release of the book at some point where these elements do get addressed by Jon Krakauer. Regardless, a great work that I enjoyed a lot!
A remarkable real-life tragedy worthy of a Shakespeare play or a Greek tragedy. The author does a remarkable job of exploring the known facts of the life of our "hero", and depicting a complex character that defies easy categorization. If you are a person who rushes to judgment and likes to pretend the world is simple and without nuance, then keep moving on. If you are the sort of person who can't imagine why anyone would risk their life for no material gain, you might want to look elsewhere. But, If you are intrigued by those who look to break the bonds of convention, with little fear of consequence, you might want to read this. If you plan to see the movie, watch that first. The book will spoil the movie, but the movie doesn't spoil the book.