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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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    James Champaign, IL, USA 05-06-09
    James Champaign, IL, USA 05-06-09
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    "Awesome!"

    A great adaptation of the book. The reader's performance is A+. The story is expanded far beyond the movie (of course) to include the Author's experience as a climber in Alaska in his 20's as well as short biographies of several other Alaska wilderness explorers. I highly recommend.

    A very important book, IMHO for any young man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 01-04-09
    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 01-04-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Watch the movie"

    This is just about the only book you would ever hear me saying this about, but John Krakauer is extremely long winded in this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Columbus, OH, United States 12-12-07
    Christina Columbus, OH, United States 12-12-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Great story"

    I don't always agree with how Krakauer does things, but boy can he tell a story. I have enjoyed everything that he writes, and "Into the Wild" is by far my favorite. I was so enchanted and frustrated by the character of Christopher McCandeless that I felt like I could have somehow been there for him. Now that's good writing! What an extraordinary and brave person this young man was, and Krakauer has captured his character with sensitivity (if not objectivity). Christopher needs to be remembered (despite the fact that he probably would not want to be). I highly recommend this book, and am inspired to go see the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-20-08
    Amy A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    The Author wants you to think that this man's selfish insanity was something to admire. I found this book to be quite idiotic. The man spent his life in a very selfish way, and went into Alaska without some of the barest essentials. He died there, and we're supposed to believe it was a noble thing. Sorry, I don't buy it.

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    D. Schaffer New York 01-21-08
    D. Schaffer New York 01-21-08 Member Since 2007

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    "this is an o.k. read"

    For all the hype I've heard about this book and Chris McCandless this book failed to really pull me in. I enjoy survival topics, but just really didn't get the author's point here. He's repeatedly stated That McCandless was a different sort of person from others that failed to return from the wild, but I do not see how.

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    I give this audio book 1 star because the Narrator is terrible. Your better off reading it yourself or watching the movie.

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    Drew Seattle, WA, USA 10-28-07
    Drew Seattle, WA, USA 10-28-07
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    "Narrator is a drag"

    Great story although it is a bit overly long at times while listening to this narrator. His voice is akin to the computer-voice guy that does that NPR station identification. If that is your thing, this is for you.

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    gmrob Minnesota 10-04-09
    gmrob Minnesota 10-04-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Disappointing"

    I had high expectations for this book and it fell short - VERY short. This audiobook was boring.

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    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
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    "Boring, boring, boring."

    That's three borings. One for the story, one for the narration and one for the lack of a story. I wanted to listen to this because I heard the movie was very powerful and well done. Obviously this book did not serve as a precursor to the script. There are so many people who "walked into the wild" written about that the listner has a hard time remembering who the book is about. I realize the author is trying to create parallels between all these people but the amount of information shared just doesn't quite bring it together. Also, the narrator is so monotone, perhaps by design, that it's hard to stay engaged. I guess I should have gone to the movie instead.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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