We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Into Thin Air Audiobook

Into Thin Air

Regular Price:$22.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

"No added dramatics are needed for the listener to imagine the high-altitude cold, fear, bravado and sense of total isolation felt by all who were trapped beyond help, as well as by those who survived. Franklin’s emulations of the multinational voices of guides, clients and Sherpas bring one still closer to the action." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (5878 )
5 star
 (3864)
4 star
 (1579)
3 star
 (346)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (32)
Overall
4.7 (4273 )
5 star
 (3116)
4 star
 (908)
3 star
 (194)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (24)
Story
4.5 (4256 )
5 star
 (2686)
4 star
 (1139)
3 star
 (344)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (30)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kody 10-20-17
    Kody 10-20-17 Member Since 2016
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    22
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well written, oddly edited"

    The story was intriguing and well written, informative. I enjoyed it. My biggest problems were the narrator was a bit monotonous and in the odd editing of the audio recording. Multiple times the narrators words would be repeated directly after they were stated. It was very irritating and interrupted my intrigue into the story. Overall good and interesting story. Editing issues caused my lower rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Kernersville, NC, USA 10-17-17
    James Kernersville, NC, USA 10-17-17 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    17
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Makes you experience the pain and heartache"

    I haven't written a review on audible before, even though I've been a member for going on 10 plus years. I'm not a climber, nor have I ever been, but this book was recommended to me as being a real "page turner". That is an understatement. It's told in such a way that even if you are not a climber, you will understand it. Nothing, and I mean nothing is predictable. You will hear of bravery and callousness on a scale that a fiction book wouldn't do justice. This is a must read. While that is may be a worn out statement, there is no other way to describe it. Do yourself a favor and get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sT cW UAE 10-17-17
    sT cW UAE 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Compelling and enjoyable book "

    Listen to book as is, without being to analytical about facts and foes, this is based on the writer's perception of what happened and whether it is 90% true or not, should not matter. Perceptions can be deceiving. It is a good story and the performer voice is easy to listen to. It remains interesting and compelling throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 10-02-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book. I loved the voice and the software. "

    I loved the book. Great voice. All chapters are very well written. Finished the book in a week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan Tarradellas 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    18
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolute classic. "

    Riveting account of an absolutely harrowing adventure and calamity. Expertly told by a great writer as he lived it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer SPRING CREEK, NV, US 09-13-17
    Amazon Customer SPRING CREEK, NV, US 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book, Iffy Narrator"

    I really enjoyed this book but the narrator sounds like a robot. Lacks enthusiasm and it's very choppy. Oah well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kirkwood BOZEMAN, MT 09-08-17
    Kirkwood BOZEMAN, MT 09-08-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fascinating and enlightening"

    Here are fifteen words, which are required by Audible even though this review is 'optional. But, since I am here, this book is intense and fascinating. It opened my eyes to a world I knew little about and I will forever look at mountaineering differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicole Del Sesto 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    21
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Shiver in me timbers."

    Avoidable tragedies bum me out, and this certainly falls into that category. But it was really hard not to get caught up in the excitement and adventure of this story.

    Being neither an outdoor person or a person who can tolerate the cold, I cannot IMAGINE in a million years wanting to do something like this. But I understand the mind of a collector and a collector needs to have them all, and Everest was one of the missing for these people.

    Both entertaining and sad, it was hard to put it down once I started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    drew johnson 08-08-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "this made me cry at the end as a 16 year old"

    I cried at the end as an 16 year old who loves to climb mountains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Overall Great!!"

    Normally I wouldn't read a book like this but it was part of my schools summer reading. I like downloading the audiobooks to read along with it helps keep me focused. The speaker did an amazing job but I noticed a couple paragraphs were skipped throughout the reading but it was overall an amazing book and an amazing journey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.