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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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long live Alexander Supertramp

Loved every second of it. Addresses the sorrow and adventure in all of us. Chris McCandless is an inspiration, always searching for purity and truth. Instant favorite.

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Krakauer Does It Again

At first I didn't think this book would interest me but through Krakauer's brilliant writing the tragic story of this young man is brought to life. Sad and beautiful. Krakauer's own person mountain climbing story is also shared in this book. Terrific reader makes this book an easy listen.

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Awesome

Absolutely loved it ... The narration, the story and the protagonist ... Finished it in a single day and am sure listen to it many more times.

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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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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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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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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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  • 02-19-16

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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I loved it.

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

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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.