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Publisher's Summary

In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over 20 years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey - until now.

Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey.

A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman's resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.

©2014 Carine McCandless (P)2014 Harper Collins Publishers

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Great listen!

Thought the book was pretty good but the best part was having the author narrate the book...she had a great voice and the emotion was sincere. I have always been very intrigued by the "Into The Wild" story.

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What a surprise!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I ordered this book wondering what l "truth" had been missing from Into the Wild. I ordered for curiosity sake and was pleasantly surprised by all I hadn't known after reading Jon Krakauer's book. I never expected to be touched so deeply and personally by this book. For me, it was exactly what I needed to read, exactly at this point in my life. I hope you enjoy it equally but if not I'm sure it will enlighten you. Makes me want to reread Into The Wild. Actually makes me NEED to reread Into The Wild.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild Truth?

Absolutely

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Yes.

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

Nothing. It was honest.

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Not at all like Into the Wild!

If you liked Into the Wild for the philosophical/ideological reasons then this book is NOT for you!! It is simply a memoir of a family's life and the struggles that each child had growing up. Like MANY families, this family is dysfunctional and the children raised in that dysfunction resulted in adults struggling to find themselves. If you enjoy memoirs like this, then it's an interesting book. If you read this because of Into the Wild, then I do not recommend it!! I didn't even finish it.

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interesting

The rest of the story gives you such an insight into his reasoning very complicated



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Thank you!

God bless you and your wonderful family!! You have touched my heart. With love and respect,
John R Newton
Peace

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Emotional

What a tough book this must have been to write. Very emotional journey but one that needed to be told.

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Powerful, moving, and excellent on its own

This is a tremendous book that provides insight and background anyone who enjoyed Into the Wild should listen to. But even if you didn't read Into the Wild, The Wild Truth stands on its own as a fascinating, unflinching, and measured look at Carine McCandless' brave and powerful story. Can't say enough about how much I appreciated this book.

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beautifully written and read

I normally do not write reviews, and I questioned whether I should even purchase this book, but this book was so beautifully written and read that I cried. Those small sighs after intense moments made it seem like Carine was speaking to me. The story was amazing and cleared up the entire story of Chris McCandless. I had always admired what Chris did, but this takes my admiration to a whole new level. Carine had so much courage to write this book.

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Wow what a book!

I thought I had heard it all. This story will blow your mind! A brave writing!

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great book!

This story is heart wrenching, but so well written and narrated lovely. I am going to re-read and re-watch into the wild now that I have the background story since it's been years.