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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

"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)

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    nicole San Luis Obispo, US, Canada 06-27-16
    nicole San Luis Obispo, US, Canada 06-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Courageous, wise and engaging"

    Amazing story of survival and loss. The principles of climbing and endurance comes across in this riveting recollection of a terrible Everest experience. I wouldn't have missed this book for anything.

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    Rob 06-24-16
    Rob 06-24-16
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    There was a lot of language I was not expecting in this book. I found it distracting at times.

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    JB 06-23-16
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    Gripping and tragic. I already knew about some of this story, but despite knowing the outcome, I was still compelled to keep listening.

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    "Compelling and heart stopping"

    Well written. I have read several of Krakauer's books & he is an author I enjoy. While extreme mountain climbing is not in my realm of abilities or on my list of things to do, I can respect those who fell the pull to do this and rise to the challenge of that call. This true story brings to light the very best (& in some cases the very worst ) of human nature and the will to survive. There were many heroes in this story, some of whom did not survive. And I feel for those who struggle with "survivor's guilt". Highly recommend.

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    odysseus324 06-12-16
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    Sad,unvarnished account of triumph of ambition over judgment. Writer does a credible job of taking the reader to the cruel slopes of Everest.

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    NickH 06-09-16
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    "Gripping and incredible first-hand account"

    I remember this book being a big deal when it came out, but I was pretty young at the time so I wasn't really in a position to understand or appreciate all the details of the story. I remember seeing the IMAX movie around the same time and being fascinated by that. It's been a special experience while reading this book to rediscover the allure of Everest and to become enveloped by this story I was only vaguely aware of before.

    The story itself is well written, and Jon's first person account makes it even more "real." Many of the storylines were tragic of course, but also frustrating in that they were slow and avoidable tragedies.

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    nruntsch 05-31-16
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    "I wanted to sit in the car and keep listening"

    This was an amazing audiobook to listen to on a roadtrip that made the miles fly by. The events on Everest in 1996 were incredible and it was amazing learning about it from someone who was right there the whole time.

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    Shane Hallaran Bedford, Ohio 05-31-16
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    "Riveting!"

    An amazing story! I've read it many times and keep coming back to it. The audiobooks format is good, but I recommend you sit down and actually read the book.

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    Alejandra Lucia Bohorquez The Republic of Texas 05-26-16
    Alejandra Lucia Bohorquez The Republic of Texas 05-26-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Jon Krakauer delivers"

    this was a gripping recount of the terrible tragedy of 1996. Krakauer takes you to the minds of mountaineers and the difficulties of climbing mount Everest with excellent detail.

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    33gregorio 05-23-16
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    loved the story of hiking Everest. amazing what we put ourselves through to achieve difficult tasks.

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