Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I saw the movie and have never been able to get the story out of my mind. Touching the Void is a true story, a miracle of sorts--a mountaineer left for dead by his climbing partner and his incredible struggle to live. I have always wondered how this could have happened and more particularly, how Joe and Simon felt about what happened. Specifically, how did Joe Simpson feel about his climbing partner after the ordeal? How did Simon Yates react when he learned Joe was still alive when he abandoned him. You can't rely on a movie to tell the real story but you can rely on this book's narrative. It includes segments also by Joe's climbing partner, Simon Yates.
This is an incredible story, beautifully written and very moving. The narration was excellent and I highly recommend this book.
weak character, selfish, cruel, a bully. I could go on but you get the idea. I found this book fascinating, almost a character study. Macur includes Lance Armstrong's family background history and his sports history. She does a fine job of detailing the history of cycling and how it became deeply interlaced with the doping mentality. You can come to understand how doping (with chemicals, testosterone, blood cells, etc.) caught on and why the belief that you could not really compete without doping was integral to the sport for so long. Perhaps it was true that one could not really compete without following suit.
Still, you have Lance Armstrong, an idol and winner, whom our youth and our entire country looked up to and believed in, when he swore he never doped. And then, such a hero for conquering cancer, a cancer that certainly had a terrible prognosis. Who could ever believe that someone who came so close to death would subsequently continue to dope? It just wasn't fathomable.
In my opinion, the narrator, Carrington MacDuffie, does an admirable job and is excellent with male voices. This listening experience, while eliciting many negative emotions on my part, was really worthwhile. Highly recommended.
I immensely enjoyed Tina's story. The laughs came so quickly, I am sure I will listen to it again soon, anticipating my favorites and catching those I may have missed. I especially appreciate how Tina tactfully handled the longstanding issue of sexual bias by the media, and how she subtly worked to change this seldom-addressed issue without becoming labelled as a radical feminist. Good for you, Tina.
Highly recommended audiobook!
It's rare that I laugh out loud when reading a book. During John Water's superb reading of his own book, this happened over and over and over again. Great literature? Probably not, but lots of tongue-in-cheek fun for listeners like me, who have a warped sense of humor. Don't miss this one.