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Into Thin Air

Krakauer, Jon (Audiobook CD - 1997 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Into Thin Air
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Authors: Krakauer, Jon
Title: Into thin air
[sound recording]
Publisher: Newport Beach, CA : Books on Tape, p1997
Edition: Library ed
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 9 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: by Jon Krakauer
Notes: Books on Tape: 4429-CD
Unabridged
Compact discs
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Philip
ISBN: 0736651365
9780736651363
Branch Call Number: CD- 796.522 K89i
Performers: Read by Philip Franklin.
Subject Headings: Mountaineering accidents Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) Mountaineering expeditions Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) Adventure Consultants. Guided Expedition (1996 : Mount Everest) Mountain Madness (Firm). Everest Expedition (1996) Krakauer, Jon
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Topical Term: Mountaineering accidents
Mountaineering expeditions
Authors, American
Publisher No: 4429-CD Books on Tape
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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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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.

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.

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