©2007 Jon Krakauer; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"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)
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.
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.
The reader is too monotonous. It is hard to stay in-tune with him during long stretches of the narrative.
Nothing...he pretty much told us everything.
Would not recommend as an audiobook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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