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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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    juliet 08-13-12
    juliet 08-13-12
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    "Into the wild"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wild the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story made even better because it is a true story. Who among us hasn't fantasized at some time about living off the land in the wilderness?


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because a woman at work came in bleary eyed last Monday morning. She said she'd been loaned this book on Friday and had been up all night reading it because she couldn't put it down.

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    alicia PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-10-12
    alicia PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Poignant, well researched"

    Krakauer provides meaningful insights into the life and tragic death of a complex, driven young man.

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    sally United States 07-11-12
    sally United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Jon krakauer is a great writer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....it is a fascinating story, and the author gives a lot of detail what may have been the thought processes of the main character,Chris McCandless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris because he was a very interesting psychological study. His personality was very complex and I am still unclear what he was really about.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes....I listened to it (for the second time) with my young adult sons, and we were all saddened at Chris's fate, while at the same time disgusted with his selfishness and cluenessness about the consequences of his actions. He seemed to be an interesting (albeit misguided) young man, with a lot of potential. A sad waste of a life.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said in my heading...Jon krakauer is a great author. His style is intelligent yet very easy to comprehend.

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    Philip FOLSOM, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Philip FOLSOM, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring but sad"
    If you could sum up Into the Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Sad but inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Wild?

    There are many memorable moments, but the one that stands out to me is the letter Chris wrote to Ronald Franz, who was a real person, but his name was changed in the book. The letter was inspiring and encouraged Franz to break out of his shell and live life. The letter was compelling.


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

    He keeps it interesting and keeps you wanting to finish it without having to put it down and come back later.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so.


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    Philip Wood 07-08-12
    Philip Wood 07-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring but sad"
    If you could sum up Into the Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Sad but inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Wild?

    There are many memorable moments, but the one that stands out to me is the letter Chris wrote to Ronald Franz, who was a real person, but his name was changed in the book. The letter was inspiring and encouraged Franz to break out of his shell and live life. The letter was compelling.


    What does Philip Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He keeps it interesting and keeps you wanting to finish it without having to put it down and come back later.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilde Rain 07-06-12
    Wilde Rain 07-06-12

    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.

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    "Marched to his own drum."

    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.

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    J. OGDEN, UT, United States 06-04-12
    J. OGDEN, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story of a loner who died alone"
    What did you like best about Into the Wild? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Into the Wild to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It is insightful into adventurous spirits and the nature of certain persons during certain periods of their lives.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No. It was done very well


    Did Into the Wild inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Nostalgic. But then nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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    RUI Los banos, CA, United States 05-26-12
    RUI Los banos, CA, United States 05-26-12
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    What did you love best about Into the Wild?

    it shows how happy he was by living with nothing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    himself for following his heart


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the part about his father saying how happy he was to find out you passed away in such a beautiful place


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it shows how this planet is unforgiving no matter how experienced you are if you make a small mistake it can take your life


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    Angela Knoxville, TN, USA 05-11-12
    Angela Knoxville, TN, USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the movie!"

    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.

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    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 02-14-12
    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting Listen"

    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!

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