Monday, July 7, 2008

In Love With My Ears

So, for a while I've been wanting to see the film Into the Wild, but decided I'd need to read the book before-hand (I'm kind of a stickler on that whole read the book before you see the movie situation). I picked up the book at B&N, read the Author's Note (which summarizes the events of the life/death of Chris McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp) aloud to my sister. She thought it seemed like an engaging story (she's been touched for a while with a bit of the wanderlust herself) and suggested that we keep the book in the car and read it aloud before watching the film.

We made it through like four chapters of my stumbling over all the pronunciations of the Alaskan names and the author's superfluous adjectives, and then we decided to get the book on CD and listen to it in the car. This book, although I'm incensed at how obtuse this boy's parents were and how narcissistic Chris was, is really good. We're on chapter nine and really enjoying it... I think it's fueling our desire to see the film, the cinematography alone will be worth it (adding to the fact that there were reportedly some knock-out performances that were nominated for multiple awards this past year).

Anybody else have any suggestions for books that were as good on audio as they were in print?


Anonymous said...

Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakauer (or however you spell it) wasn't it? Didn't he also write "Into Thin Air" about a disasterous expedition to Everest?

Heather said...

That is in fact the same guy.

Meghan said...

I cried so hard during both the film and the book. GREAT!!

Heather said...

We just finished the audio book on the way into work today, and I got choked up on the chapter when his parents visited the bus. The description of the pictures he took of himself those last days, when he was starving to death, without pity on his face sound completely tragic. Also, I kind of loved that he didn't kill himself, it was like one last act as a way to repair the relationship with his parents.