Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Soon to be a major motion picture; directed by Sean Penn, starring Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, William Hurt, and Marcia Gay Harden. In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415944899
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Philip
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Dec 11, 2018

As an eleventh grade english teacher, this book was a required reading for my students. In all honesty, it was so ridiculous. My kids didn't care for it, and I could barely see how they were stretching it to fit their theme for the year of the American Dream. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this unless you are a huge fan of Alaskan Bush People, or anything along those lines. If that's the case, you'll love this.

Dec 11, 2018

Nov 17- Dec 7th 2018 Nicholas Jackson
I learned and gained a new appreciation for those that live outside of the norms. Rebels who refuse to conform into what society tells them to be. I realised myself have always had a rebellious side and shared lot of Chris McCandless views. I feel that I sometimes too may have been born into the wrong century, I myself would not go to the extreme behaviour that Chris did. The sadness part for me was the fact that he was successful in his journeys he would have survived if he had a map, or if the river had not been flowing as much. Now more than ever I feel that people are consultly consuming themselves with anything people stay plugged into and want to distract themselves from ever listening to their inner child.
I having lived through the extreme conditions that Chris wanted his whole life to experience the sub-artic condition still like most Alaskans have little empathy for him. He and many others were foolish I know and was told from a very young age how you needed to have respect for the land if you choice to venture into it. The arctic is a unforgiving place death is looming overhead always, it is admire that Chris lasted 112 days. And it is even harder to accept that it was moldy seed that lead to his death. And had he survived only 19 more days he could have been rescued. The journal entries show that Chris wanted to start a family and life a normal-ish life had he crossed that river or had a map. Making it more sad.
I loved that Jon Krakaur gave his own experience of surviving his climb. And many other accounts of explorers that choose a life exiled from society. I feel a great amount of respect and appreciation for people like Felipe and my brother Tyler that choose a life style like Chris McCandless. The differences is purpose Tyler likes to drink and have sex and wants to
Knowing that Ryan went to that Fairbanks 142 bus

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The details of Chris’s borther in law having to tell his sister of Chris’s death made me cry. Seconaly the epilogue of Chris’s parents visting the bus made me cry even more. Billie(mother) left a first kit and a bible saying “I haven’t prayed since we lost him.”
Chris’s sister going to the church for hours looking for answers as her husband waitied in the car on the drive to see her parent. Leaving saying that God didn’t answer. She rembered being on the plane eating all the cheap shitty airplane not wanting to waste any because her brother straved.

Nov 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this book for the story of McCandless. It tells the story of a well off young man who decided to give up everything and live a nomadic lifestyle which ultimately came to an end in Alaska. The book could do without all the side stories though and the story of the authors mountaineering adventure. This felt just like page fillers and while the author attempted to link his and other unrelated stories to that of McCandless I really saw no real correlation.

Jun 22, 2018


Mar 07, 2018

I read this for the "A Biography" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I didn't enjoy it, I found it slow and his timeline was too scattered. I also think Chris McCandless was inept and unprepared and shouldn't have been out there in the first place.

Oct 08, 2017

Love this story. Complex character.

Aug 29, 2017

This book was quite fascinating with the nature of how it was presented with the gathered information of McCandless and his tragic story. I feel this book resonates well with those who are seeking adventure and a different way of living. However, Mccandless's journey can be quite extreme in trying to find the answers he is looking for. This is a good read for seeing different points of view on McCandless's story.

ArapahoeHollyR Aug 23, 2017

Highly recommended for anyone who has felt lost in life or is looking for a different way of living. Also great for any adventure fans or avid hikers.

Jul 19, 2017

As a sophomore, I had to read and reread his book, and then proceeded to watch, and rewatch the movie, analyzing it shot by shot. I hated this book because of all that work associated with it. Being a college freshmen now and having willingly reread and rewatched 'Into the Wild,' I appreciate it more.

Jun 09, 2017

This book is truly fascinating. For me, the highlight of the book is the 2015 add-on at the end, it brings a shroud of mystery to the biographical story. This book will echo with everyone who enjoys solitude, adventure and nature.

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Aug 13, 2014

“Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.”

Jun 03, 2013

If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild. Alex.

AmandaVollmershausen Mar 27, 2013

"Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man that a secure future"


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Aug 13, 2014

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.


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