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Into the Wild Audiobook

Into the Wild

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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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    thomas 09-10-15
    thomas 09-10-15
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    "Poor McCandless"
    Would you try another book from Jon Krakauer and/or Philip Franklin?

    I would not. Despite my love for this story, Krakauer's interjection of his own narcissistic story is a bit unsettling. It detracts from McCandless' story and only furthers the credibility of the author--as it has been scientifically refuted that his account of McCandless' death is incorrect.

    The reader of the book is also boring, and he fails to preserve the spirit in which McCandless story is told; although, that could be bias because I personally feel that McCandless deserves a more jovial reader.


    What other book might you compare Into the Wild to and why?

    The book has no equal to my knowledge. I guess it is loosely principled off the existential authors McCandless idolized, but it is a strong, and interesting, story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader is too monotonous. It is hard to stay in-tune with him during long stretches of the narrative.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jon Krakauer’s life?

    Nothing...he pretty much told us everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend as an audiobook.

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    Ethan 08-09-15
    Ethan 08-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A dream within a pursuit wrapped in tenacity."

    How cathartic and a romance with everything opposite to what binds us to conformity. An adventure beyond our fear of death.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 08-03-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 08-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good book!"

    This is a great book that tells most of the story of Chris and an insight into the author. I had just listened to the book by McCandless sister who really gets into the truth about their highly dysfunctional family. Krakauer leaves that out and paints a different story about the parents. I thought that was somewhat of a disservice to Chris. Overall though well worth the listen.

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    Noah Kaczir 07-05-15
    Noah Kaczir 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Another hit for Krakauer."
    Any additional comments?

    If you have read "Into Thin Air" and "Dead Mountain" and you're itching for more like it, this is a good place to start.

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    Cristian R Valenzuela 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good movie"

    Speculation, not much of a story. A lot about Jon's life

    Not a good book, great movie

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    Thomas 06-23-15
    Thomas 06-23-15
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    "Great book"

    Amazing! If you haven't read this book you need to. Kinda book you can't step away from. I rented the movie after reading and it did not compare. The author did a great job describing his life and his journey, makes you feel like you're right there with him.

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    Leisa B 06-22-15
    Leisa B 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking"

    I enjoyed listening to this story even though it was a tragic tale of a young man leaving everything he's ever known to go out and find himself.

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    Samantha Paedae 06-18-15
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    "Liked it a lot"

    The book paints an interesting picture of an idealistic young man who may have been foolhardy, lacking in common sense, in over his head, and arrogant, but is nonetheless a fascinating and sympathetic figure.

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    "Powerful Work"

    Manages to tell the story while allowing you to draw your own conclusions. Chris McCandles was a modern day John the Baptist, spreading love wherever he went, before finally undertaking the prophet's last pilgrimage, to go into the wilderness, and be at one with his Creator.

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    Samantha 06-03-15
    Samantha 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't stop listening. It is the fastest I have finished a book so far because I just could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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