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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.

Critic Reviews

  • Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner, Best Audio of 1998, Best of the Best
    Alex Award Winner, 1998

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Awesome!

This being my first audio book, I'm impress of how well the author captured his experience. I was moved by his narration and felt as if I was on the journey along side them. Great book so worth listening!

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  • Mike
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into thin air

In the 4 years I have been enjoying audible books, I have never felt compelled to write a review until now. This is the most amazing story. Krakauer is modest but obviously heroic. He seems to truly regret his faults in the events while not overplaying his courage and stamina in saving several lives. Usually authors' narrations are not as good as the pros, but he does a great job. You can feel the emotion. For me it was like reading LOTR for the first time.

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Favorite book!

I don’t climb mountains, I don’t want to climb mountains, but I love this book!

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Real

The narrator was excellent and frank
My heart goes out to the author. I'm glad he wrote this.

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spectacular

written like a storm rolling in .. (spoiler alert). i actually could't put it down

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if you are fascinated by mountaineering, this is

you couldn't pay me to climb Everest or K2, but I am completely fascinated with reading about them.

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Fantastic very honest

Gripping - must listen to - sad tale of all going wrong. Moving . Loved it. Highly recommended and loved Jon's reading of his own story.

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better than expected

I was a little late to the party on this book. It is great, very gripping start to finish, the pace reminded me of The Perfect Storm. I read John's book on Pat Tillman and it was great as well.

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Lots of lessons were learned thru this book!

What was driving Scott Fischer and Rob Hall? How much has weather forecasting improved since those tragic events in 1996? Despite all the advances since 1996, crowds on Everest pose and ever increasing risk.

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Wonderful book!

I couldn’t stop listening to this book! It was written incredibly well and you felt like you were right there. So tragic what happened.