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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

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    Zina 03-23-15
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    "Awesome!"

    This being my first audio book, I'm impress of how well the author captured his experience. I was moved by his narration and felt as if I was on the journey along side them. Great book so worth listening!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike austin, TX, USA 05-12-06
    Mike austin, TX, USA 05-12-06 Member Since 2016
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    "into thin air"

    In the 4 years I have been enjoying audible books, I have never felt compelled to write a review until now. This is the most amazing story. Krakauer is modest but obviously heroic. He seems to truly regret his faults in the events while not overplaying his courage and stamina in saving several lives. Usually authors' narrations are not as good as the pros, but he does a great job. You can feel the emotion. For me it was like reading LOTR for the first time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    monica wolfson 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic very honest"

    Gripping - must listen to - sad tale of all going wrong. Moving . Loved it. Highly recommended and loved Jon's reading of his own story.

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    G. Forde New Jersey 11-14-10
    G. Forde New Jersey 11-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "better than expected"

    I was a little late to the party on this book. It is great, very gripping start to finish, the pace reminded me of The Perfect Storm. I read John's book on Pat Tillman and it was great as well.

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    Josh 09-06-16
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    "A look into the ultimate advanture."

    Most people will never take the chance of scaling Everest but this is a good look into the conditions those people face and how some act after being exposed to harsh conditions like that. Even though some of the book is speculation it is a good idea of how the events unfolded.

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    M. Thompson Virginia 08-26-16
    M. Thompson Virginia 08-26-16 Member Since 2015

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    "if you are fascinated by mountaineering, this is"

    you couldn't pay me to climb Everest or K2, but I am completely fascinated with reading about them.

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    Derek 02-06-16
    Derek 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tragic story and interesting read"

    this is a great book but be prepared for something more akin to a deposition than a novel. I wish I'd bought the physical book instead of the audio book as the names were hard to keep track of at times and the narration left a little to be desired. overall a great book, just not a great audiobook.

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    Christopher 01-28-16
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    very gripping and insane story of what happened on that mountain very good book loved it

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    Donna Christner-lile Pleasanton, California 10-21-15
    Donna Christner-lile Pleasanton, California 10-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Too wordy"

    Very confusing keeping all of the climbers separate and then biographies on them were quite lengthy

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    Sam 09-08-15
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    I gave this story 5* because I honestly believe that the gruesome truths that lie in this novel aren't for anyone. I was almost ready to put the book down for a a second because I was so appalled with the butchering that took place. Now this is coming from a 17 male who plays in a jam band and who has seen some doped people. So I've seen people, even friends, close to death so if this story can replicate the feelings of tension that I felt when I was in peril then it deserves nothing but the best.
    Nearing the end of the novel I found myself scanning the lines before the audio book because I was so intent on finding what happens next. The entire rising action of the story has an Erie feel because you know that the worst is coming. Had to read for English class but would highly recommend to any mature readers out there who love a heart-wrenching true story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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