I have enjoyed many of Ann Rule's books and this one is another winner. The story is weaved so intricately that I spent the whole book trying to guess what the next turn would be. And she has an uncanny ability to keep juggling the many characters so that the listener does not lose track but the story has the feeling of the complexity of the principal character's life. I could not turn my MP3 off.
First, if you have not read "Into Thin Air", you will be baffled by alot of what is in this book. That being said, I found this story very interesting. It is hard to say how much the abridgement cut into explanations of the mountain and climbing in general. If you found "Into Thin Air" interesting, then you will be fascinated by these stories of climbers struggling to climb Everest and failing, often fatally. The part of the book dealing with the problems in Connecticut after the climb is only small part of the book - the majority of the book is about climbing and Everest itself so don't let the "book jacket" explanation keep you away from this book.
You have to pay attention while you listen to this book because there are so many people involved in the story. I listened once and listened the second time. The books seems well researched and the writing is clear.
My only fault with the book - if it is a fault, is that he states that the initial reporting was inaccurate including his reporting. But he does not say which articles he wrote that were inaccurate. I don't think he did this out of an attempt to deceive us but more of an attempt to keep himself out of the story.