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Into the Wild | [Jon Krakauer]

Into the Wild

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.
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Publisher's Summary

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. His body - along with a camera with five rolls of film, an SOS note, and a cryptic diary written in the back pages of a book about edible plants - was found six months later by a hunter.

©2007 Jon Krakauer; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning." (New York Times)
"It works. The listener can imagine Franklin's voice under a television special; Krakauer's text fills in the pictures with ease. Franklin wisely chooses to become involved in the text, rather than trying to manipulate it." (AudioFile)

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    Stephen Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13
    Stephen Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Very interesting story. Reader was fine"

    I enjoyed the story. I admit, I didn't like the main character. I think he was a narcissistic, naive, misguided young man who didn't appreciate others. Having said that, I think the author..who probably disagrees with me on that, had a purpose in writing this to make the reader think about that very issue...whether he was a good guy or everything I described Chris/Alex as.

    In some ways, I wonder if the character merited a whole book about him.

    As for the reader, I found him to be just fine. I don't agree with those who didn't like him. There are some amazing readers (like the one who does most of the Stephen King work), but this story didn't call for a hugely dramatic reading. I found it just right and wouldn't for a minute pass by this book because of the bad reviews Philip Franklin got. I think he read this just the way it should have been read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-26-13
    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A cautionary tale"

    Into the Wild was a good listen, well worth the credit. Krakauer meanders off his central subject a bit but always stays in interesting territory, detailing some of his personal experiences braving the wild as well as those of others. He paints an interesting portrait of Christopher McCandless, helping the reader grasp what may have have motivated the adventurous youth and what may have ultimately befallen him in the Alaskan wilderness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13
    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One of the Best Audiobooks I have Listened to!"

    I loved this book, even cried at the end it was so good. I love how the story is constructed, the author weaving his own stories in with the adventures of the main character. Also, the narrator is brilliant! I listened to this in two sittings, didn't want to go to sleep. :-) This one is a must listen!

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "More than a Biography"

    This book is about one young man who died in the wilderness. There is more here than a biography of an unfortunate person in the wilderness. The book actually analyzes a number of people who have been "lost" in wilderness situations. The reading is wonderful and the listener comes away with a better understanding of what makes individuals of this sort do what they do and why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08
    Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08 Member Since 2002
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    "A Great Story"

    I'd have to say this might be my second favorite audiobook. A great story of trying to find yourself and doing what you want.

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    Zhenya K. 06-23-14
    Zhenya K. 06-23-14
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    "Well written, but not fascinating"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Philip Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio chapters annoyingly don't match the book chapters. Once in a while the audio would repeat a few phrases.

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    Paul Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-13
    Paul Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Thought the author forced himself into the story"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wild the most enjoyable?

    I liked the way Chris' struggle is depicted


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tame out all the authors tie ins to his own life


    Any additional comments?

    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'

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    Aarron Beaumont, CA, United States 10-02-13
    Aarron Beaumont, CA, United States 10-02-13
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    "glitchy reading but a good story"
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    There were unexplainable repeats in the reading but overall good narration. Sorry does stick with you.

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    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13
    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wild the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Michaela parsonsburg, MD, United States 06-02-13
    Michaela parsonsburg, MD, United States 06-02-13
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    "Wow! Great Book! Sad Story."
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    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!

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