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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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    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 02-06-12
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another lost young person"

    I felt even more helpless after hearing the story. Parents do what they can and sometimes hold on tight to a vulnerable adult child. These parents got their son through childhood and university only to lose him into the wild..I wanted the storyteller to help readers draw a lesson from the tragedy. What can anyone tell us about guiding young adults to, at least, stay alive until they can make mature,sober choices from a healthy mind?

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    Rebecca 02-06-11
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    "Into their wild"

    Was inspired to download on the back of a short documentary on the making of Sean Penn film about Krakauer's reconstruction of Chris' story. Enjoyed the well investigated summary of "Alex's" journey and Krakauer's analogies, his parallels and clearly well researched assumptions. Did find it somewhat self indulgent in parts especially where there was a big focusing on Krakauer's journey up the Devils thumb - interesting in itself, but somewhat distracting. Feel it diluted the parallel he was trying to draw. Having seen the documentary (including images from the book & video of a retraced journey) the emotive visual impact missing from the audio version wasn't as much a detractor as it might have been if I didn't have seen it. Good listen... although, in this case, the documentary about covered it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua San Diego, CA, USA 08-28-09
    Joshua San Diego, CA, USA 08-28-09
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    "Interesting but poorly written"

    The story of and details surrounding Christopher McCandless's death are fascinating. Having seen the movie and taking and interest in his life I was pleased to find much more back story and detail then could have been fit into a film.

    The only problem is the author, who seems to be trying to sound smart by using as many "big words" as possible. He also spends way too much time on his own stories and experiences, which is not relevant to the subject matter. Sometimes he tries to psychoanalyze McCandless, quite poorly I might add. I listened to this book off and on, only as long as I could stand the author for each session.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Christina 12-12-07
    Christina 12-12-07
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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.

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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.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 09-21-11
    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Watch the movie"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Watch the movie. I like Krakauer but he used to much of what is supposed to be Chris's story to tell his own. Watch the movie and you won't have to listen to all that.


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

    Nothing, why is this even a question? This isn't supposed to be Krakauer's biography.


    0 of 2 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.

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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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    12-09-07
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    "Into the Wild (Unabridged"

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

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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