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Into Thin Air Audiobook
Into Thin Air
Written by: 
Jon Krakauer
Narrated by: 
Philip Franklin
Into Thin Air Audiobook

Into Thin Air

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Publisher's Summary

Into Thin Air is the definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Eiger Dreams and Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside magazine, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas to report on the growing commercialization of the planet's highest mountain. Everest has always been a dangerous mountain. From the first British expeditions in the 1920s until 1996, one climber has died for ever 4 who have attained the summit. This shocking death toll has not put a damper on the burgeoning business of guided ascents, however, in which amateur alpinists with alarmingly disparate skills are ushered up the mountain for a $65,000 fee. To ascend into the thin, frigid air above 26,000 feet - the cruising altitude of a commercial jetliner - is an inherently irrational act. The environment is unimaginably harsh, the margin for error miniscule. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concern of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's frank eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

©1997 Jon Krakauer; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner, Best Audio of 1998, Best of the Best
    Alex Award Winner, 1998

"No added dramatics are needed for the listener to imagine the high-altitude cold, fear, bravado and sense of total isolation felt by all who were trapped beyond help, as well as by those who survived. Franklin’s emulations of the multinational voices of guides, clients and Sherpas bring one still closer to the action." (AudioFile)

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    Aditya Kripalani 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "must read !!"

    loved it. it was so gripping and the real life instances were very well encapsulated in this book. thanks for sharing your story !! left me with a vacuum in my heart for a few days after I finished the book .

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    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 09-22-15
    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 09-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing and inspiring but too sad!"

    This memorable story tells one how far the ambitions of human beings can go and how much a human being can really endure.
    But, on the other hand, it shows very clearly that human beings can be so weak and fragile when confronted with the harshness of the nature elements.
    I have much enjoyed the story and the performance of Philip Franklin.

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    tj 09-18-15
    tj 09-18-15
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    "narrator does amazing for this adventurous story"

    worth every penny and I will listen to it many more times even though I can honestly say climbing Everest or similar mountains is something I will not have the urge to do now

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    Lee 09-09-15
    Lee 09-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting"

    This is an interesting story. The narrator is top notch. He has accents down to a t.

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    Adam 08-31-15
    Adam 08-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Now I'm looking forward to the movie"

    This was a fantastic book. I was never really interested in Everest but once I started the book, I wanted to learn as much as could. Krakauer's account of what happened on that climb is fascinating. The route they took, the climbers, the struggle and sacrifice it takes to get to the top of the world. Unfortunately, I'm afraid the movie will disappoint.

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    Nupur Mathur 08-26-15
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    Extremely gripping story. Very well constructed narrative. I listened to it all in one go. Highly recommended to listen to.

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    Sam 08-26-15
    Sam 08-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I bought a warm down jacket the next day"

    I do love the way Krakauer writes. Somewhere on the Internet I heard someone say that his work reads more like long form journalism than regular non-fiction and I would agree with that. This book more so than his others because it's a personal account.

    One thing I really like about Krakauer is that his works don't get bogged down with technical details. I find that sometimes those drawn out portions of non-fiction can be a bit alienating. However as an amateur mountaineer, it was the first time I had really been craving those details. I wanted to hear more about the camps, rope systems and weather patterns. Though that's just a personal wish, I can understand how others would be bored by that. Hearing him call Mt Rainier a demure mountain (or something like that) was a bit devastating, having recently fought my way to the top.

    The performance was fine. I always find jumps between regional accents a little startling. Will definitely watch the movie in September!

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    Blind Mole 07-30-15
    Blind Mole 07-30-15
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    "Couldn't put the book down!"

    Great narration. Get like I was there with the team. Incredible true story that shows the reality of climbing to the earth's summit. Sad story too but grateful to Jon for sharing the events from his perspective.

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    JB 07-29-15
    JB 07-29-15
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    "An objective account and a good read."

    this comes across as a much better read than climbers who write books, this is an author who happens to climb. as such, it makes for a much better story. good lessons here in hubris and the compounding effect of (seemingly) insignificant actions.

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    Andrew Ray 07-25-15
    Andrew Ray 07-25-15
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    "Great book"

    Compelling story, well told, completely captured my attention from start to finish. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

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