An amazing, informative and detailed story. Only lessened by the words "read by the author". In retrospect, I should've given it a listen before purchasing.
After making that mistake I pressed on and actually adjusted to the authors voice after a while. Some might argue that it being read by someone who was actually there lends it credibility, however that emotion never came through during the reading.
You might be better served buying the book on this title. Give the preview a listen and judge for yourself.
First hand experience in living the story. You feel like you were there
The story of the man who got up with reptilian strength and survived for his family.
The story is incredible.
Just a bland reading of the story and not much intensity added. Not that it needed it, but after the listen seemed sort of anti-climactic. Still it was enjoyable story especially since it was true
Learning about an extreme sport. My idea of hiking is riding my horse so in my opinion climbing Mt. Everest is best done on my rowing machine listening to Jon Krakauer. Had no clue it was 70k to have the priviledge of risking your life in sub zero temperatures, that oxygen was needed, nor that it is the same altitude that jets fly!! Who knew.
My first reading of extreme sports & nothing to compare it to.
No but I thought it was excellent.
The life and death decisions.
Absolutely fascinating to read about a sport that I would never consider yet could vicariously experience what is involved in an extreme sport. I am awed and humbeled at their courage and tenacity. Makes you think about lots of things, strength, character, the power and unforgiving Mother Nature and sadly those who have lost their lives.
A reader who hates to read... So it better be damn good :)
Read by the author John Krakauer... He writes in a way that puts me into his foot steps as he scales the worlds highest peak.
John is a very capable author. Easily describing each person in a way that I would be able to walk up to any one of them today and introduce myself feel as if I was a member of the 1996 Everest ascent.
Read his other books. Into the Wild was my favorite.
Humanity against nature.
Leaving behind the almost dead because of the incapacity to rescue them.
It made me think profoundly about human life.
Although human beings are a part of nature we are a very delicate and vulnerable part of it. Krakauer makes us realize how strong and weak our bodies are, how small the atmospheric layer in which we can live and breath is. We are not as powerful as we believe we are. How far should we push the limits? A fascinating true story.
Yes. This book takes you to Mt Everest
The narrator is Jon Krakauer and this is his story of the tragedy of the climbers killed in one particular climb
He did an excellent job. Who knows this story better.
The end of the book has the best insights into the whole terrible tragedy
I first saw the story in OutSide magazine and thought I would read it sometime but never did. Glad I waited for the audio version.
Very interesting and tragic story. It was very interesting to hear about the conditions and terrain that you must cover to climb everest.
Everest, Adventure, Danger
Yes I would. It was a well-written account of the deadliest day on Everest.
The narration was a little monotonous for my taste. It annoyed me at first but then I moved past that.