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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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    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 02-01-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than expected"

    I had seen the movie a few years ago and found myself strangely attached to Chris, but he took his thoughts and dreams further than most people would dare.

    During listening to this book, I was able to put images from the movie in my head to help mentally fulfill the story. For me this helped. I enjoyed the story very much as a narration. And even though knew the outcome going into the story, it was fascinating to hear a researched account of Chris' life journey.

    I am on this adventure and journey kick right know as I am craving a serious road trip. I get to listen to these books on my commute to and from work, and to job sites.

    I highly recommend this book. I had just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I think gave me patience for this book. I would have enjoyed it anyway, but reading books in this genre settles the mind, makes you ponder, and gives you perspective if you let it.

    Enjoy!

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    RickandGary Boulder, CO, United States 01-13-13
    RickandGary Boulder, CO, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sticks with you"

    Having listened to this about 6 months ago, I find myself often talking about to people, especially the book's unexpected conclusions.

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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up Into the Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Very different life


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

    Yes, its an interesting story about the road not taken.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Franklin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first book. Does a very good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that the ending was so unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading. A different sad life. Kid really needed some mental help.

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    Jay ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-03-12
    Jay ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-03-12
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    "Gripping"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are unfamiliar with this story check it out. Book is well read and Jon Krakauer's writing style is right on point for this material.

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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "If you've seen an article and are still curious"

    If you've read an article about the Kris McCandless story and are still curious, read the book for all the details. My guess is that just the article would suffice for most of us (me included). I was unsympathetic to Kris McCandless, so that stopped me from being really into this book. That said, it's well written and well performed. If you like Into Thin Air, you can expect pretty much the same in terms of writing style.

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    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "The wild inside of us"

    I spent most of my earlier years, much like McCandless. I stayed lost. I have seen the beautiful underside of the Americas, I have woke up to shimmering purple canyons, and freezing, suffocating snow alike. I understand why he did the things he did. I do not like how people disparage McCandless, and others like him. Who says we all have to stay simmering in the stew of humanity, within the cities and towns and prisons. There are those that crack-off about how he died and how he put his family through hell. If you eat at McDonalds and smoke cigarettes, you are poisoning yourself just as surely. What I am saying is, how dare any judge another's life? We can learn from each life, each death, and each story.

    I think Krakauer gives the McCandless story dignity, and thought. I am glad that he took interest in it and followed the bread crumbs of Alexander's life.

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    Kolton 08-15-12
    Kolton 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I had no trouble finishing this one!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. To be honest, there were many moments.


    Any additional comments?

    There are not many books I would consider reading twice but this one may be one of the few. Why? Because this is not simply just a story you read or listen to. Its full of deep thought and lessons that everyone needs to hear and dwell on. I recommend this to everyone who may be reading this. While I don't want to promote being completely careless and reckless with your life, Chris McCandless left an example behind that should not be ignored.

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    juliet 08-13-12
    juliet 08-13-12
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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