Into Thin Air

Krakauer, Jon

Audiobook CD - 1997
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Into Thin Air

Publisher: Newport Beach, CA : Books on Tape, p1997
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780736651363
Branch Call Number: CD- 796.522 K89i
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 9 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Philip


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In this riveting true story, the author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

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Feb 18, 2015
  • kalua1969 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The audiobook version of "Into Thin Air" was certainly as interesting as the written version. Having the author perform the narration himself was an added bonus, though a bit tough to listen to at times (being that he isn't a professional voiceover / narrarator).

Having enjoyed reading his book several times throughout the years, I randomnly saw the audiobook version on the shelves at the Seattle Library one day and decided to rent it. If you're in to audiobooks, then give it a try. For those of you who have already read the book, give it a try as well since there are minute differences in the audiobook version (mostly of Krakauer's addition of little notes worked in to the narration that are normally found on the bottom pages or ending pages of a book version).

Aug 01, 2013
  • guiness10 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the book was very well written and compelling but was disappointed in the CD. The author is a writer not a narrator. I found his voice droll and could not even finish listening to it.

Jun 11, 2012
  • Fionaenzo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book. The movie was terrible - such a disappointment as the book kept you spellbound and on the edge of your seat. Recommend this wholeheartedly.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Any tale of the pursuit and possible success of summiting Mount Everest is a tale of human contradiction. The weeks of toil and degree of physical injury endured are all measured against some deep-rooted personal search for something more in this life. And this says nothing of the financial cost of the journey, which for most extreme-altitude climbers is a negligible issue. Historic mountaineer George Mallory is famously known for the quote "Because it's there" which was his answer to the question of why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. That Mallory ultimately died attempting the climb is perhaps telling.

Jon Krakauer's account of the partially doomed 1996 expedition is haunting and unforgettable for several reasons. One is that it's a personal account - he was one of the survivors! Another is the randomness at which so much went wrong during the final days. The sporadic tales of triumph and tragedy are scattered, simultaneous and confused for those in the midst of it all. And finally, the utter pointlessness of the hardships and death hangs over the whole recounted story.

Pursuing a mountain like Everest is a strictly human effort. The mountain surely doesn't give a damn.

Dec 29, 2011
  • meilchow rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Yes, I was lazy and I checked out the CD rather than the book, however - I must add that I did (later) check out the book too and read along. The audio added tidbits which were nice. I think the book was written very honestly and I respect that. It was amazingly sad and I cried through part of this book. I think the emotions were still in "process" and the core has yet to be touched and it shows in the writing.

Mar 27, 2011
  • R_2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling read. While reading it, I often wondered what the world would have known of this tragedy if a journalist had not been part of the Everest attempt. No doubt far less, and far less objective.

Hard to read, too, because of the tragedy and the behaviors of many of the people on the mountain.

The author isn't a particularly good audio book reader, but his unique role makes up for it.

Jan 08, 2011
  • DalysJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Probably the best audiobook I've listened to. An amazing story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good adventure / survival story.


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