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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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    Dennis COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, USA 01-16-08
    Dennis COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, USA 01-16-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Told"

    This book is narrated by the author. The pace is good and the recording is good. First person perspective. I have been intrigued by Everest and the author gives some nice details about the climb in general. He also gives some good background about the world's highest mountains and the climbing culture. The group he climbed with were a bunch of characters and he tells interesting anecdotes about most of them. I listened to the book twice.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 09-20-05
    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 09-20-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting"

    The fact that the author is reading his own book was definitely a bonus. Despite not having access to the map of Everest, I was sucked into this book and enjoyed every minute of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Indygreg Indianapolis, IN 11-01-04
    Indygreg Indianapolis, IN 11-01-04 Member Since 2016

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    "A must listen if there is one"

    In my years of audible.com use (back to 98) I have to say this is the book I recommend to friends the most. It is just a must read/listen. It grips you and holds you and sticks with you for years. This is the only audio book I re-listen to - almost on a yearly basis. It is a story of triumph and loss. It turned me into an Everest buff.
    Get this book. You will love it. You will learn from it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 07-01-04
    Richard 07-01-04

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Wow!"

    For us couch potatoes who drive to the corner grocery store, this book shows you how far some people will take themselves "just because it's there". Excellent all around: prose, plot, narrative, reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Milford, CA, USA 09-13-03
    Donald Milford, CA, USA 09-13-03
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    "Clear, Honest, Gripping, Fair"

    This is the first Everest Saga that I have read. It has left me wanting to find more to read and listen to. When I had finished I was sure that I had heard an honest description of what had happened. It is interesting to follow the stories of others who were mentioned, try to change what happened to releive themselves of any feelings of responsibility.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Anselmo, CA, USA 08-20-03
    Christopher San Anselmo, CA, USA 08-20-03
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    "best"

    Many of the books I have listened to so far have kept my interest, but none so far match the intensity of this book. At times, I sat in my driveway with the car running waiting for the chapter to finish... You will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    terrill 03-15-13
    terrill 03-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "WHY! WHY! WHY!"
    What did you love best about Into Thin Air?

    True and descriptive. you know the end, but cant believe it even then


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

    man versus nature


    Any additional comments?

    sound quality was not the best

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 07-08-05
    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 07-08-05
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    "Drive around the block"

    This was the first book I ever listened to on tape, that didn't have a ding to tell me to turn the pages. It took some time to get into the rythym of the author reading the book, but we found ourselves driving around the block to get to the end of chapters. It is a compelling story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Herve P. San Francisco Bay Area 06-15-16
    Herve P. San Francisco Bay Area 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book, minor production issues."

    The book is great.

    The recording seemed to have "skips" where it would repeat about 10 seconds twice, randomly.

    Also, why does the South African sound like Dracula?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Erwin 04-22-16
    Eric Erwin 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An engrossing story of hardship and mystery."
    Where does Into Thin Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook and despite not exactly loving the narration the story overcame its shortcomings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having trekked around the Himalayas and fantasizing what it must be like in the alien world above 8000 meters this book provides an unflinching glimpse into the hardship and wonders of that realm.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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