This is a riveting, heartrending account of the Everst disaster. It discusses the many factors that led to the final outcome on the mountain for the ill-fated expeditions, and does so from the pespective of one of those involved. Moreover, Boukreev was at the time one of the best mountaineers in the world - so good that he had repeatedly summited Everest without supplemental oxygen. He understood the mountain and the conditions, as well as his own strengths and limitations, and his account is informed by his intimate understanding of the rigors and challenges of extreme high-altitude mountaineering.
This account is, in my opinion, far superior to Krakauer's ("Into This Air"), which comes off as being self-serving and a bit whiny. Even before I read "The Climb", I was dissatisfied with Krakauer's account; there was something in it that rang false to me (this was part of the reason I sought out another account). He seems to have had a vendetta about Boukreev, but it should be noted that Boukreev repeatedly risked his own life to go out and search for descending mountaineers in trouble, and Krakauer did not. Krakauer contended that he was just too exhausted and that he might end up as someone else in need of rescue, instead of being of assistance. This is a valid point, and I take no issue with that. However, the fact that Boukreev a) was NOT too exhausted to try, and b) had the courage and selflessness to do so, renders Krakauer's complaints and apersions (if not outright attacks) against Boukreev all the more craven.
Very much worth the listen.
This book provides an alternative look into the tragedy on Mount Everest. The author, an experienced mountaineer and guide who was accustomed to climbing without oxygen, was perhaps in shape of all to tell the story of that ill fated day. Apart from the story of the tragedy and heroism of the author, the reader can gain some appreciation for the enormous challenges of high altitude climbing.
A far better book describing the events of the Everest 96 disatser than the fiction John Krakauer wrote in the book Into Thin Air.
The best audio book I've heard all year - 5*