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Author: Jon KrakauerNarrator: Jon Krakauer, Philip FranklinPublisher: Random House AudioAudio Length: Release Date: January 1997Format: Unabridged AudiobookDelivery: Instant DownloadISBN: 9781415920626

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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more—including Krakauer’s—in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

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  • “A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.”

    - People
  • Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time . . . a book of rare eloquence and power that could remain relevant for centuries.

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “Krakauer describes an experience of such bone-chilling horror as to persuade even the most fanatical alpinists to seek sanctuary at sea level.”

    - Sports Illustrated
  • “No added dramatics are needed for the listener to imagine the high-altitude cold, fear, bravado and sense of total isolation felt by all who were trapped beyond help, as well as by those who survived. Franklin’s emulations of the multinational voices of guides, clients and Sherpas bring one still closer to the action. Even with all the quotes, notes and factual information included, the unabridged audio production is every bit as engrossing as the book.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

  • A 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

  • Winner of Margaret A. Edwards Award (Alex Awards), 1998

  • Finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prizefor General Nonfiction

  • A New York Public Library Staff Pickof Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years

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    " 4 stars for the second half. The first half was a bit boring to me, but it definitely picked up the second half. "

    - Adria, 2/19/2014
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    " I was on the edge of my seat all the way through this book. Really makes you feel like you were part of the expedition. The most chilling non-fiction I've ever read. "

    - Raksha, 2/15/2014
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    " The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest Must read Krakuer alongside Bookreev's story of the same climb. So fascinating. "

    - Lori, 2/7/2014
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    " This was a re-read. Krakauer pulls no punches. Loved his book about the Mormons, too. "

    - Suzy, 2/5/2014
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    " An Amazing account of disastrous events on Everest! More than once I had to stop reading for a night just to absorb the magnitude of the incidents. "

    - Mehrdad, 1/24/2014
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    " Krakauer is a master story teller, and this book was no exception. I immensely enjoyed this read. Makes you feel like you are on the mountain with these unfortunate climbers... "

    - Stacey, 1/18/2014
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    " This is one of those books that you read from start to finish in one day. Clear your schedule and get comfortable. "

    - Brian, 1/10/2014
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    " Fascinating & frightening! "

    - Jennifer, 1/10/2014
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    " I have read this book twice and still find it a captivating account of the tragic 1996 Everest summit attempt. "

    - Melanie, 1/7/2014
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    " Could not put it down. I moved through so many different feelings for the individuals in the book; fear, annoyance, support, frustration.... It certainly made me look differently at the quest to summit Everest "

    - Karen, 12/9/2013
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    " A heart wrenching true account of the Everest tragedy . Etched in my mind forever "

    - Abhilasha, 11/30/2013
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    " Yep - that confirms it - this book is about as close as I'll ever get to climbing Everest. Those people are crazy. "

    - Dana, 10/27/2013
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    " To the top of Everest. And back again? "

    - Scott, 10/8/2013
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    " Compelling, intense and frightening. "

    - Mottel, 10/5/2013
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    " January 2012 Club read "

    - Richelle, 8/21/2013
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    " One of the best armchair adventures. "

    - Todd, 6/18/2013
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    " This made me want to go to a beach. "

    - Caitlin, 4/1/2013
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    " Not as good as I was hoping, maybe my expectations were too high after reading Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven. Still enjoyed it and would recommend it. "

    - Dave, 3/21/2013
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    " I did not like this book; it was very hard to stay focused throughout the book. I hoped its would get better as I got farther, but it remained mainly facts and not a strong story line. "

    - Oren, 12/12/2012
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    " Totally riveting account of a tragic attempt to reach the summit Everest. "

    - Elliot, 11/22/2012
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    " Such an interesting book!! "

    - Sandy, 2/26/2012
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    " So readable. Stepping into a world I will never know except in these pages. "

    - Julia, 2/7/2012
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    " Great for those who love climbing adventures. Your toes will curl reading this one. "

    - Carol, 11/18/2011
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    " Makes me want to haul my lazy behind up That mountain. "

    - Beverly, 10/21/2011
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    " Excellent book. Krakauer pulls no punches in this book. Climbing the mountain has become big business and it sure sounds like the almighty dollar outweighs safety and sensiblity. His discription of the environment in the Death Zone is haunting. "

    - Cliff, 9/20/2011
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    " I loved this book. I had never wanted to climb and after reading this, there is no way in hell,you could get me to. "

    - Annette, 8/15/2011
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    " I feel as if I like this more than most people do. Yet another case of the book being better than the movie even though the movie is pretty good too. "

    - He-who-must-not-be-named, 5/17/2011
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    " Krakauer's style is always interesting, but he injected too much of his own story into this one -- yes, there are many parallels about the hubris shared by both, but I didn't feel it belonged into this store. Took away from the dynamics. "

    - Kuryakin007, 5/16/2011
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    " A great journey to the self. "

    - Martin, 5/16/2011
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    " Good book. I like it. "

    - Ben, 5/15/2011
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    " incredible read! Also enjoyed the tie-in with excerpts from other writers & climbers. "

    - Carolyn, 5/15/2011
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    " Marked it by accident, haven't read it. "

    - Beth, 5/12/2011
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    " One of my favorite books, just finished reading it again. Movie...em, ok. "

    - Sebastian, 5/12/2011
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    " Un libro increible con el que puedes reflexionar de la verdadera naturaleza del hombre, un viaje increible por Alaska, totalmente recomendado. "

    - Dot, 5/11/2011
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    " Its the kind of book you read and wish you had done what he did minus the dying part. It was asigned in college as required reading and it was well worth the read. "

    - Ben, 5/9/2011
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    " Excellent book, and way better than the movie. There are pictures of the camp which gave a great visual on what he was experiencing and his personal journal entries gave me goosebumps. "

    - Tara, 5/9/2011
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    " I thought that Chris was just trying to find himself in life. "

    - John, 5/8/2011
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    " This book was really good. I decided to read it after watching the movie, and the book definitely told the story much better. The movie made McCandless seem like a selfish idiot, and the book showed his motivations more and made it easier to understand why he did what he did. "

    - Braxton, 5/7/2011

About the Author

Jon Krakauer isthe preeminent writer of narrative nonfiction. His numerous bestsellers includeUnder the Banner of Heaven, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air. He is editor of the Modern Library Explorationseries.

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