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The Wild Truth Audiobook

The Wild Truth

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Publisher's Summary

In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over 20 years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey - until now.

Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey.

A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman's resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.

©2014 Carine McCandless (P)2014 Harper Collins Publishers

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    SL 01-08-15
    SL 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!"

    Thought the book was pretty good but the best part was having the author narrate the book...she had a great voice and the emotion was sincere. I have always been very intrigued by the "Into The Wild" story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    axr811 11-21-14
    axr811 11-21-14
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    "What a surprise!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I ordered this book wondering what l "truth" had been missing from Into the Wild. I ordered for curiosity sake and was pleasantly surprised by all I hadn't known after reading Jon Krakauer's book. I never expected to be touched so deeply and personally by this book. For me, it was exactly what I needed to read, exactly at this point in my life. I hope you enjoy it equally but if not I'm sure it will enlighten you. Makes me want to reread Into The Wild. Actually makes me NEED to reread Into The Wild.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild Truth?

    Absolutely


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Yes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing. It was honest.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John 01-22-15
    John 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you!"

    God bless you and your wonderful family!! You have touched my heart. With love and respect,
    John R Newton
    Peace

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dr Benedict 01-21-15
    dr Benedict 01-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotional"

    What a tough book this must have been to write. Very emotional journey but one that needed to be told.

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    Margaret Landis 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "courageous book"

    This was courageous to tell. Glad to know the whole truth, thanks Carine! Chris's story is alive and well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marmatplum 06-26-16
    marmatplum 06-26-16

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    "interesting"

    The rest of the story gives you such an insight into his reasoning very complicated



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    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 05-11-16
    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 05-11-16

    I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem

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    "The Rest of the Story...."
    If you could sum up The Wild Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Articulate, fascinating and raw


    What other book might you compare The Wild Truth to and why?

    I would say that this book offered a similar portrayal of inspiring heights of "The Last Season". Both of these men shared a common and above reproach respect for nature and themselves. These two stories shared common elements in so far as their uniqueness. Both perished in the wild and were "truth seekers" in life.


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

    I've never heard of her before this book. I have read several on this story and viewed the documentary as well. Carine is fascinating and her descriptive abilities are notable. I was able to build pictures in my mind when she described events in her life as they happened. Honestly I thought she did an outstanding job and would listen to her every chance I was given. What a complicated, generous person Carine is. She was able to convey the "Rest of the Story" as I knew there had to be more to this story! I have the utmost respect for her courage, bravery and commitment to her brother...


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

    It was sad throughout the story. Having worked in social services for 26 years and I have seen the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of many children. I cannot wrap my mind around a man such as her father, someone who was brilliant in every way except his personal life. In the wake of their destructive and toxic behavior most assuredly effect Chris and the other siblings immensely.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for your work on this project and may god bless you, your family and all those who were touched by Chris's presence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Idaho Trojan 02-03-16
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    "The WHOLE story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Watched the movie? Read the original book? Well, then you really NEED to read this version with all of the backstory and details. This is all about WHY, not in a justification way but in an honest "here's my perspective" of what happened to me and my brother.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty, authenticity but not "just the facts". Carine did a great job to present her story from her perspective, giving some insight into history that may have led Chris to make some of the decisions he made, ones that ultimately cost him his life. What frightened me are the parallels that can be made in so many families where the older generation refuses to see, acknowledge and thereby heal the past. Instead they march on toward the end of their lives with pain and internal strife caused by the incongruences between reality and the presentation the put on for everyone else.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Carine was the central character and had the greatest impact. I felt her pain in telling her story but appreciated her authenticity throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I do not judge Chris' parents and I get the impression that Carine carries a significant amount of forgiveness in her heart too. I would encourage readers to challenge themselves to see the story through different angles and uphold judgment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Westphal 10-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not at all like Into the Wild!"

    If you liked Into the Wild for the philosophical/ideological reasons then this book is NOT for you!! It is simply a memoir of a family's life and the struggles that each child had growing up. Like MANY families, this family is dysfunctional and the children raised in that dysfunction resulted in adults struggling to find themselves. If you enjoy memoirs like this, then it's an interesting book. If you read this because of Into the Wild, then I do not recommend it!! I didn't even finish it.

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    Amazon Customer 10-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Beyond words..."

    There are not words for how powerful this book has been to listen to. I am left raw, speechless and deeply affected.

    The narration is one of the best Ive listened to.

    Thank you is inadequate but thank you for doing what must have been terribly difficult to do to accomplish this exceptionally written story.

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