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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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    gc dunn 01-20-16
    gc dunn 01-20-16
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    "too preachy "

    If you skip chapters 1-3 and the final couple of chapters I you'll enjoy it

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    Hunter 01-05-16
    Hunter 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great storytelling, great narration, riveting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions really put you there on the mountain with them.


    What does Philip Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a handle on several accents that don't come across as cheesy, they actually help the storytelling.


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

    Definitely sad, but also inspiring.


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    Louise 12-22-15
    Louise 12-22-15
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    "Remarkable!"
    What made the experience of listening to Into Thin Air the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is not original, yet still amazing to be reminded of the passion that some people have that will make them put themselves and others in life threatening situations because they are so driven. is it because they truly believe they are invisible or is it because of their desire to tempt fate and cheat nature?


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

    The fact that people are willing to put themselves at risk to help others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shay Orange, US, Canada 12-11-15
    shay Orange, US, Canada 12-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book-a must read"

    The book is just great.
    Takes you by the hand to Mount Everest, grips you so hard you cannot stop!
    I enjoyed it a lot and it is one of the best I hear I the last year.

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    Kevin Coulter 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic and Painful"

    Great and tragic story of adventure and terrible loss. This book will create in you wonder and excitement. The adventure though is only part of the story...the very real and humbling story of survival. The recording quality is below typical audible stories. The author and performance will leave you riveted and at the edge of you seat. A must read or listen too. Take notes to help keep tract of the various participants, it helps you understand the positions of the climbers and in many cases their tragic fates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.E.T. USA 12-05-15
    J.E.T. USA 12-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Certainly intriguing"

    It's a genuinely fascinating story. I wasn't old enough to really be aware of the tragedy when it happened so it was all pretty new to me. Makes me excited to see the movie. Not quite on the level of The Martian or Unbroken but really good. I definitely listened to it at every chance.

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    Irma 12-01-15
    Irma 12-01-15
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    "Breathtaking"
    Where does Into Thin Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As this is a true story and it's written from the point of view of Jon Krakauer, it's hard to fully know and understand the other characters. This makes it impossible to name a favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire story is great. I can't pick one specific scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in what happened on Everest that year, this is a must read.

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    Eldon J. Krosch Duluth Mn 12-01-15
    Eldon J. Krosch Duluth Mn 12-01-15
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    "Fantastic listen and an epic story "

    An epic story of that deadly climbing season on the very top of the world.



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    Bryan L 11-13-15
    Bryan L 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "narrator re-reads previous lines several times"

    narrator re-reads previous lines several times, not Justis few times, but 7 or 8 times.

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    Aaron 11-06-15
    Aaron 11-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent, Mind blowing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Thin Air to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator did an excellent job.


    What about Philip Franklin’s performance did you like?

    His pronunciation of names and occasional accent. Thought i was actually hearing John Krackauer at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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