Into the Wild

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jon Krakauer
Narrator: Philip Franklin
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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This movie tie-in edition follows the haunting story of 22-year-old Chris McCandless, who walked into the Alaskan wilderness in the spring of 1992 and whose body was found six months later by a hunter.

Reviews (12)

not of interest to me

Written by Anonymous on October 22nd, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The misadventures of this young man were sad, but not engaging to me. INTO THIN AIR is loads better.

is it done yet?

Written by Nichole on September 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Although I think it is a great story, I would not have gotten through the book if I were reading it instead of listening to it. There were parts in the middle that I zoned out to. It was like the author was just trying to make it longer by adding unnecessary pieces.

fascinating story

Written by Peggy Stortz on July 18th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As always Krakauer has done all of his research and writes a captivating tale. Parts of this book moved me to tears, but it does seem like Krakauer added a lot of unnecessary extras to stretch out an otherwise short story.

Into the Wild

Written by JQB on June 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A peculiar, morbidly fascinating story. The book is written as a series of flashbacks, so the reader learns what is going to happen to Chris before finding out why it happened. I found myself laying aside my other tasks and turning my full attention to the story, oddly sympathetic to the situation he had brought upon himself, hoping somehow to avert the disasters that I knew would befall him.

What an Idiot

Written by GMK from Denver, CO on July 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

How can people in the lower 48 and other place look on this idiot as some kind of hero. Young and stupid he moved from the city into the food chain. Like that idiot who played with the bears and ended up grizzly brunch, here is a young idiot who failed to understand the survival requirements of Alaska. People should understand that going into the Alaskan wilderness is not like going on to the Appalachian Trail. This is serious.

Kind of boring

Written by Rachel M from Fallbrook, CA on January 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book is not really that great, unless you're from Alaska I guess. I stuck with it to the end, and I'm still wondering why I did...

Into The Wild

Written by Steve Y on November 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a very interesting and very thought provoking read. Some may (and have) said of "Alex" Chris McCandless that he was a selfish fool whose reckless venture lead to his death. There is no doubt a strong case for that in this chronicle. However, one cannot help but recognize that McCandless lived a full life and even more of happiness, adventure, and sheer joy in just a few short years. Save the grief he caused his family, he hurt no one, and actually, was a friend to many along the way. He had a emptiness and a longing that he seemed never to fill, but at least he tried.

Very Interesting

Written by Anonymous from Woodstock, CT on October 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

While it isn't a conventional non fiction book, it tells an interesting story. You can think he was foolish, misguided or whatever but it makes a story that I eagerly followed.

Into the Wild

Written by amy on September 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

What a selfish person, what a wasted life............... Don't waste your time on this book - much ado about NOTHING!

Into the Wild

Written by BLaze on August 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Ran a little long but quite intriguing. I almost stopped listening at one point but stuck with it to the very end.

Author Details

Author Details

Krakauer, Jon

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

Born in 1954, he grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where his father introduced him to mountaineering as an 8-year-old. After graduating from Hampshire College in 1976, Krakauer divided his time between Colorado, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest, earning his living primarily as a carpenter and commercial salmon fisherman, spending most of his free moments in the mountains. In 1977 he traveled alone to the remote Stikine Icecap in Southeast Alaska, went three weeks without encountering another person, and climbed a new route on a graceful, intimidating peak called the Devil's Thumb. In 1992 he climbed the West Face of Cerro Torre in the Patagonian Andes (a mile-high spike of granite sheathed in a carapace of frozen rime, Cerro Torre was once considered the most difficult mountain on earth.)

In May 1996 Krakauer reached the top of Mt. Everest, but during the descent a storm engulfed the peak, taking the lives of four of the five teammates who climbed to the summit with him. An analysis of the calamity that he wrote for Outside magazine received a National Magazine Award. The unsparingly honest book he subsequently wrote about Everest, Into Thin Air, became a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 24 languages. It was also honored as the "Book of the Year" by Time magazine, one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review, a finalist for a 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of three finalists for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction.

For the past two decades Krakauer's writing has been published in the likes of Outside, GEO, Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Geographic. An article he wrote for Smithsonian about vulcanology received the 1997 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union. His 1996 book, Into The Wild--about an idealistic young man named Chris McCandless who perished in the Alaskan bush--spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list. This followed the publication of two books by Krakauer in 1990: Eiger Dreams, a collection of his mountaineering essays, and Iceland: Land of the Sagas, a book of his photographs.

In 1998 Krakauer established the Everest '96 Memorial Fund at the Boulder Community Foundation, endowing it with royalties from Into Thin Air. Created as a tribute to his companions lost on Everest, the fund provides humanitarian aid to the indigenous peoples of the Himalaya and supports organizations working to preserve the natural environment throughout the world. Krakauer also serves on the boards of the American Himalayan Foundation and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

In 1999 Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious award intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment." According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

Krakauer's latest book, which he has spent the last four years researching and writing, is Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, published by Doubleday in July 2003. As a child in Oregon, many of the author's playmates, teachers, and athletic coaches were Latter-day Saints. Although he envied the unfluctuating certainty of the faith professed so enthusiastically by these Mormon friends and acquaintances, he was often baffled by it, and has sought to comprehend the formidable power of such belief ever since. The upshot of this lifelong quest is Under The Banner of Heaven, in which Krakauer examines the nature of religious passion through the lens of Mormon Fundamentalism.