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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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By Daniël Cloete on 11-20-17


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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By Anonymous User on 09-27-17


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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By Michael on 04-22-16


Any additional comments?

I'm relatively new to audio books but this is definitely the best so far. Starts of with historical information about the mountain and the stories of other people that have been up to the top of Everest or attempted it, which is a nice build up to the events which happened in 1996.

Nearly listened to the whole thing in one sitting but got through it on the second attempt.

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By Mr. Dj Jenkins on 06-28-16

So gripping, so intense!

haunting, chilling, and utterly enthralling! could not stop listening, to hear the story through johns eyes was such an experience 10/10

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By Tonya on 11-21-16

I feel like I have just climbed Everest!

I enjoyed the narration and historical detail. also loved the retrospective analysis of events. a great read!

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By Damien on 12-20-17

Incredible first hand account and beautifully written!

This book gives you tremendous insight into the struggles and hardships of what happened on Everest in 1997. Krakauer obviously poured his heart and soul into this book, it is thrilling and deeply saddening. I can’t recommend it enough, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat and also pull at your heart strings at the same time. Buy it, you won’t regret it.

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