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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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    it was kind of hard to follow sometimes, I had to keep backtracking to try and keep all the names straight.

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    cpt hitop 03-07-16
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    riveting firsthand account of triumph and tragedy on top of the world, good talented performance

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    Kristina 03-02-16
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    Some sentences were repeated, on occasions more than once. Some words and even sentences have been cut out. Overall a very decent audiobook,

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    Zachary Kogan Lake Tahoe, USA 02-29-16
    Zachary Kogan Lake Tahoe, USA 02-29-16

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    "Great read"

    great paced and exciting, Krakauer's first hand account of the 96 Everest disaster is a modern classic and perfect listening for driving up to the mountains.

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    ps 02-07-16
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    "made me shiver"

    A story that presents the link between fear and courage: man's over reaching passion for adventure conquered by nature.
    I was clinging to every frost bitten word.

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    Eric K 02-06-16

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    If you could sum up Into Thin Air in three words, what would they be?

    Gripped by this story - really enjoyed everything everything about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Thin Air?

    I felt the author was true to the events that took place as he even stated some things that were conflicting or unsure of due to the high altitude.


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

    Obviously, the call with Rob Hall and his wife.


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    A must read (or listen!)

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    "A Wonderful Account of Something I Never Imagined"

    Exciting, heartbreaking and for me unthinkable. Bravery or insanity? I love true stories and this had such insight into how different people can be. What makes a person want to do such dangerous things just to say they did it.? five minutes at the top of the world, after what it took to get there . I don't get it, would never do it, but I'm fascinated by the courage and drive that some have to take on a massive trip up this mountain.

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    michelle hess baugh 01-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Human Spirit and Overcoming the odds!"

    It's astonishing that I haven't read this book until now, however watching the movie Everest I had to know more. I wanted to understand or comprehend how the 1996 Everest Expedition disintegrated into such a tragedy. The movie and the characters haunted me, left so many questions unanswered. Into Thin Air helped answer some of my questions. I was now invested in these climbers who gave everything to get to the top of the world. Krakauer unfolded the story so well that I felt I was at base camp getting ready to climb. I am obsessed with this story and thanks to Krakauer I will continue my quest and understand 1996 from the viewpoint of many others.

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    I really enjoyed the story. This was my first experience w/narration, excellent experience. Anticipating next story.

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    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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