For the account of the everest tragedy to recieve 4 stars would require a real author and a proper performance from a trained performer.
He could have had a talented author write it.
I cannot begin to tell you how horrible the narration was. The author may be able to climb a mountain but he is definitely not suited for public reading. My gawd.
None. A rambling disjointed style of writing combined with a terrible narration resulted in what would surely have been a great listen into utter trash.
I don't understand how this book got so many good reviews. Strange.
It was a well told account. Interesting facts and helpful background information.
Towards the end when you find yourself hoping that things will work out well. Any more than that might be a spoiler.
He's the author, he lived through this horrible and thrilling trip.
No, it had some build up, but I didn't want to turn it off by midway.
If you like outdoor survival stories or travel topics, this will be the book for you.
I really got caught up in this story, but it sure is a downer. I will never look at or think about Mount Everest the same
I love a great story.
This book did a great job of immersing me in the culture and world of mountain climbers. I was thoroughly entertained and I highly recommend it. Harrowing!
I don't think so. There were times when the story became bogged down with details of the individuals.
Detailed, first person explanation of what happened.
Sad to think of people stepping over frozen dead bodies en route to the summit of Everest.
The book has a lot of characters and it was difficult to follow along. The author read the book, which was good and bad. He was able to add emotion due to understanding the story intimately. However, he "read" the story instead of "telling" the story. This is perhaps the difference between a professional reader and an author.
I was absolutely enthralled by this book, and it has spurned me into ordering every other book on the subject I could find.
As a climber, journalist, and the narrator here Krakauer provides a unique combination of talents that lead to an incredible package. As a climber, he was able to provide great insight into both the sport and what was going on during that fateful '96 expedition. As a journalist, he was able to diligently collect every detail and present it in a way that reads almost like an epic fictional tale. As a narrator, while he didn't provide as much emotion into his voice as some narrators do (and of course, he didn't do voices!), there was something very moving about hearing someone's first person account of these tragic events and knowing that when he said "I" he was actually talking about himself.
All in all, I had a hard time not driving around the block every time I reached my destination so I could keep listening, I learned a lot, and there were multiple times that I got a lump in my throat and just thought "wow".
Listening on the run : )
This book was great! The author really captures the danger and emotion in his first hand narrative of the tragic events on Mt. Everest in 1996. The book was short, fast and right to the point and takes you quickly into the action.
I had heard about this book quite a while back, and was pleased to see it available in an audio format.
I really enjoyed the story. The author does a good job of describing the events before, during, and after the disaster. He assumed a lot of risk in doing so, as he will always be heavily criticised by those close to those involved that day, and by the mountaineering community at large.
Knowing that there are many opinions out there on this subject, I found the author did a good job remaining relatively neutral in the telling. He carefully explains how each experience recounted may have been influenced by fatigue, conditions, and lack of oxygen. He wasn’t overly critical of anyone as I expected, based on criticism of this book I had run across in other books.
While the narration could have been better if done by a pro, it was still good to hear it read by the author. He did a solid job.
In summary, I highly recommend this work for anyone thinking of exploring the high places, or for those interested in a solid work of non-fiction adventure.
Great story that is well read. You can sense in the author's voice that he lived this experience. A gem!