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Into Thin Air

Written by: Jon Krakauer
Narrated by: Philip Franklin
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.

This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead.

Krakauer's audiobook is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads his listeners to ponder timeless questions.

©2011 Jon Krakauer (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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gripping.

I really enjoyed the story telling throughout. I couldn't stop listening it was so good.

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Interesting read, performance may not be for every

Tye book is fascinating. one has to keep in mind that it is an account of just 1 man, which inevitably comes with a degree of bias, but it does a great job showcasing the reality of commercial Everest trips (at least in the mid 90s). Performance, however, is hit and miss. Although generally great, the narrator attempts to emulate national accents of the people whose dialogue he is reading, with less than perfect results. For me, it quickly became rather annoying. But to each his own...

Also, several times there is repetition of the sentence just read. Not sure if it has something to do with the physical book format or recording errors.

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well narrated

The narrator is fantastic, does a great job with the accents. The story is interesting, but also very enraging. I didn't have a lot of respect for people who climbed Everest before, less so now... but it was interesting to get the first hand account of the foolishness.

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  • 2018-05-29

Great book...

Loved it! i'm not a mountaineer but enjoyed the epic story! Great, Gripping, and life lessons to be learned.

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  • Daniël Cloete
  • 2017-11-20

Balanced

As an avid amateur mountaineer and writer, this book spoke to me on many levels. Perhaps it seems more intellectual to criticize, but I will avoid this pretentious practice.

Krakauer's account is rendered with a balance of awe, realism, adventure, reverence and sadness. While not as experienced as John myself, the technical and physical aspects of climbing were completely relatable to me as an amateur. The surrealism of losing a teammate on the mountain is so relatable that I was reduced to tears I was unable to shed previously.

Thank you for this John, and may you find the peace you seek.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-27

Great

It feels like as true an accounting of a tragedy, that anyone can give, having being in the middel and/or apart of it.

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  • Kate Oats
  • 2017-05-14

Compelling and cautionary

Tragic story compellingly told. Use of accents by narrator was not great though, as someone very familiar with South African and New Zealand accents, it made for some awkward moments. Otherwise, a very good listen.

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  • Garreth
  • 2017-02-22

An exceptional and personal account. Must read.

I started this book with a little bit of a reservation due to the controversy around it and the movie. Within in minutes I was quickly engrossed in the phenomenal story telling. Not much of a reviewer, but this book is a must read for anyone interested in Everest and the limits of human kind.

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  • girish
  • 2017-01-28

very interesting and heart touching ...

Loved it ... feel sorry for Rob hall, Scott & I do agree with the author on Anatoli boukreev. Although he saved many lives at the end... he could've saved many others by climbing with oxygen as a guide... anyways he is one gem of a mountaineer. RIP Anatoli and finally Well done krakauer

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  • Michael Dawson
  • 2016-05-20

A gripping story told with honesty & understanding

A very powerful story of a tragedy on Everest which the author witnessed first hand. Difficult to put down. Very well written. Jon suffered from strong guilt after the event which although I understand was entirely unjustified. He could not have done more in his condition. When my late wife died she sent messages back to ask me to stop grieving as it was holding her back. Bodies die not people and the departed are very understanding and prefer us to get on with our lives and drop our guilt. I hope Jon has now done that - it would make the climbers on Everest who died happy.