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Into the Wild Audiobook

Into the Wild

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Publisher's Summary

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. His body - along with a camera with five rolls of film, an SOS note, and a cryptic diary written in the back pages of a book about edible plants - was found six months later by a hunter.

©2007 Jon Krakauer; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning." (New York Times)
"It works. The listener can imagine Franklin's voice under a television special; Krakauer's text fills in the pictures with ease. Franklin wisely chooses to become involved in the text, rather than trying to manipulate it." (AudioFile)

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    NLaughlin 03-19-16
    NLaughlin 03-19-16
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    "Interesting..."

    A book of adventure without common purpose. The transitions between the storyteller and the subject can be a bit rough. Regardless, this book is still a recommended read.

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    christen catlin 03-11-16
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    "Reading sounds a little like a robot."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, the book is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krakauer was my favorite character. I know that he is the author, but he also inserts himself into the story, and helped me understand Chris McCandless.


    What didn’t you like about Philip Franklin’s performance?

    He sounded a little like a robot.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish that the sections of the audio book were divided by chapters. It is so difficult to find a place in the audio that matches with a place in the book. There are no distinguishable marking points. Even fast forwarding and rewind are really difficult to maneuver.

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    IRIS 03-01-16
    IRIS 03-01-16
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    "Good story"

    The book was good but, had to much extra information added. could of had more information focused on Alex.

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    Mr. Richard Smith 02-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Fine Book - A Kind Eulogy"

    A kind eulogy for a confused, tragic young man. A bit of a hagiography, if I'm honest. But earnest and well written. Excellent narration.

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    La 02-19-16
    La 02-19-16
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    "Just a bit frustrated"

    I had already read half the book and looked to Audible to help me since I read slow and needed to finish much quicker than I could. There is 18 chapters in the physical book but only 6 are marked for the audio book. I found it frustrating to find where I left of and continue. Although I found my spot it took me about 10-15 mins to do so, I wish/hope they change it to be 18 chapter to ease the users experience.

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    mark kennedy 02-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved it."

    I highly recommend this book for anyone with itchy feet and a longing to wander north.

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    Niel 02-13-16
    Niel 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping!"

    This is one of the best audible books I have listen to. Brilliantly written, I had to listen thereto in one session. Could not put it down.

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    Irma 02-04-16
    Irma 02-04-16
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    "Hard to stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wild the most enjoyable?

    It's an interesting and sometimes frustrating story about the choices of a jong man. During listening there were times that I really respected his choices and there were times that I could only think of how selfish he was. This book is written based of some information left by Chris McCandless but also based on stories of people who knew him or who shortly met him. This means that part of this book is based on facts, but also a big part are just speculations. Because of that I don't think you can really judge Chris. Jon Krakauer manages to tell the story well without selling his assumptions as facts. Also the part where Jon tells about his own relationship with his father and his experience with dangerous climbs when he was about Chris' age puts things in perspective.


    What other book might you compare Into the Wild to and why?

    Into Thin Air. Both books of Jon Krakauer are written in the same style which I really like.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Franklin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and again I really liked his performance.


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

    Yes, but unfortunately I didn't have the time for that. Also, once I finished the book I immediately wanted to watch the movie because I just didn't want things to end.


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    Christopher J. Button 01-09-16 Member Since 2013

    Blogger, writer, construction manager who enjoys business and leadership books, adolescent fiction to keep up with my kids, and wonder...

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    "Loved the book, loathed the protagonist!"

    OK, loathed is too strong a word, and I do wonder if Chris is somewhat autistic after reading. I found him selfish, unreasonable, and unforgiving...unless he liked you. Jon Krakauer, as usual however, has woven experience, history, fact, and a little bit of lore that brings the wild and the vagrant to life! Fascinating stuff. I think the author tries to hard at the end to exonerate the main character, but overall I loved my middle daughter's current favorite book.

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    Dave 12-13-15
    Dave 12-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A beautiful story"

    In true Krakauer style this is an amazing read! A story of a man learning to find himself amongst the challenges of life and society. The stories and perspective are some that I can relate to. A must read if you also have a love for Alaska.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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