©1997 Jon Krakauer; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
True and descriptive. you know the end, but cant believe it even then
man versus nature
sound quality was not the best
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.
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.
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.
I loved Krakauer's account of his Everest climb, however his choice to narrate his own book falls flat, the performance is boring and delivered in a monotone. It spoiled the audio version for me.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Yes. I think I managed to listen to the whole thing in two days, and it's a pretty good length.
I read this shortly after reading about the heroic Shackelton Expedition, and the two books are somewhat comparable. There was so much that I didn't know about climbing in general (for instance that the worst danger one faces is losing your mind from lack of oxygen at great heights, or that it is nearly impossible to rescue a fellow fallen climber on Everest and why). I have to applaud Krakauer for facing this disastrous, tragic experience head-on, so shortly after it occurred in an effort to exorcise his terrible survivor's guilt. I'd read other books by him before never realising that this was in his background. Spellbinding reading.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The account of the tragedy that occurred in Everest in the late nineties has more drama, suspense, etc. than any fictional story. Personally, I am extremely interested in mountaineering and in high altitude climbing in the Himalayas so I found this a fascinating read.
The particular events described in this book generated several books. "The Climb", which is another eye witness account is also interesting and it presents a different point of view. Without getting into accuracy issues, I personally thought that "Into Thin Air" was better written and made for better listening.
I generally enjoy when this type of story is narrated by the author (who in this particular case was recounting events he lived).
This is a very powerful book. It is clear that this experience still haunts the author.
When we approach a book like this we want to find some answers, we want to form judgments, we want to know how the tragedy could have been prevented. The reality is that there often are no answers. Sometimes events overtake us. The story is in the striving to come through the events and survive and then to live with the memories. I couldn't make a steady diet of such stories. They hit me too hard. But this story, told by one of the people who lived it, is worth the time and the credit.
An accessible and intelligible discussion of the Everest catastrophe. Krakauer avoids climbing minutiae and terminology to offer laymen a clear portrait of the logistical, physical, and emotional trials that confront climbers on Everest. His vivid sketches of the principal personalities give flesh, bones, and breath to the death toll; he also offers a nuanced, even painful evaluation of the ways in which the exacting, often brutal norms of high altitude climbing conflict with the commercialization and democratization of the sport.
All of which is as true of the book as the audio. But what the audio offers that the book cannot is the chance to hear the author render his account himself. Krakauer doesn't offer a flawless narration, but his intimacy with the material and steady, unflinching delivery are worth the fumbled accents. Though some elements (particularly the prefatory quotes at the beginning of each chapter) don't transfer well from the page, it's worth it to hear Krakauer acknowledge his own failures and mistakes, his voice bleak, subtly strained. Whatever you think of his performance on the mountain, it must have taken great courage to make so public an accounting.
One puzzling element of the book also becomes clearer through Krakauer's delivery: after spending an entire book chronicling the countless errors, misjudgments, moments of heroism and of inaction, he does an abrupt about-face in his final chapter to suggest that post-mortem attempts to reconstruct events or to adjust policies on the mountain are misguided--futile because of the essential dangers of the sport, and the unpredictability of weather and terrain. He's right, but it's only hearing him speak the words that it becomes clear that this isn't a reversal so much as the bitter realization of all his writing.
I was left hoping that he'd found some peace in the decade and a half since the disaster--and equally sure that if he has, it didn't come from this book.
Incredible story told with incredible perfection! This book would be well worth four credits but you are getting it for only one! DO NOT pass this story up...it is like Krakauer was born to tell this amazing story...every single thought and every single word weaves an unforgettable account of a human story that will deeply touch everyone, I'm convinced, in many different ways.
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