I found the story well told. Perhaps the voice is a little monotone, but this isn't a fairy tale, its someones life experience. I especially like the quotes at the beginning of the chapters from various authors about Everest, and the author gives a brief account of some of the early attempts to climb Mt Everest which is interesting.
The story is a story of grief and sadness, so if you are looking for an uplifting story, this is not it. There are some redeeming portions, but on the whole I felt sadness in listening to this story. I think Jon shows lots of bravery exposing his thoughts to the world, I think those that are critical lack compassion and understanding of the predicament they were placed in.
This is a book you'll likely think about for a long time. It's an extremely well-written true account of his ill-fated expedition to Mt. Everest. Krakauer is a master, he keeps you in suspense even though you know the tragic outcome. One of the best books I've listened to in a long time.
Oh man, begin this book on a long drive or something. You won't be able to stay away from it long once it starts. Joh keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story! He has a nice narration voice as well.
Prior to reading this book, I knew very little about mountain climbing and nothing about high altitude climbing. It gives you a good crash course on the subject without being dry. I had to look up some terms just to get a better idea about the technical aspects of such a climb. Mr. Krakauer attempts to present the 1996 Everest disaster in a both factual and humble manner. His account inspires the reader to ponder questions of life, death, will, and morality. It's a great read.
an epic story which i couldnt put down, which is weird being an audiobook. But i was completely taken into jon's personal account. Whether or not it is exactly what happened i appreciate he only tried to tell it as honest as he could.Have always enjoyed his books
Gripping personal perspective on enduring uniquely extreme hardship, both physical and emotional. Additionally, hearing the author read the tale in his own words makes the audiobook version feel very intimate.
Jon brings his journalistic experience to bear in sorting through the chaos of the disaster and in recounting Everest lore, but he thankfully makes no attempt to temper his deeply personal journey, a style that makes this book a great listen.
I loved this book.
This is a well written and well read adventure tale. The author was there in that cold strange place. He allows you to feel the thin air, the cold and the idea of being alone even while with others. A good read.
I can't say enough great things about this book. I listened to it many years ago read by someone else. The only bad thing I will say is that it was read better by the other narrator... I think Jon reads too fast and without much emotion. It is a very emotional story and for someone who was involved so intimately you would expect more emotion. Overall, it is one of my favorite books. I have read all of Jon's books in print because I love his style of writing. I like some authors who read their own material...I think maybe he was a little too close this time. All in all the most interesting non-fiction book I've ever read.