Good voice acting made this an interesting listen. Story goes by really fast and its very detailed. Amazing how hard the trek up everest really is and how dangerous it is for novice climbers.
The movie Everest got me to research this tragedy and although I was not a big fan of the movie I really enjoyed this book.
I was interested in the events and decisions that led up to the event as well as what motivates people to want to climb Mount Everest in the first place. Jon was able to put me in his shoes and although I am never going to try become a mountain climber I could definitely see the allure in the conquest. He was also able to provide enough details that I could follow the story and understand what they were doing, but not overwhelm me with irrelevant facts.
The narrator did a great job of keeping the pace and the feeling was appropriate for the situations without becoming campy.
There have been some comments that he was pointing fingers, but he took his own responsibility and he detailed why a person would not be expected to operate 100% irrationally as everything unfolded. I did not come away with a feeling that there was some bad guy that was responsible for everything.
Jon Krakauer paints a harrowing and vivid account of a terrible disaster on Everest in 1996.
This book and story was riveting
There was never a dull moment.
What courage & poor judgement at the same time. I saw the movie which was great, the book is even better.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
Why do men and women attempt Everest? It could be their desire to make their mark in the world, to transcend the perceived limitations of human ability, to evade the mundanity of every day life, or to play with the edges of their mortality.
Krakauer thoroughly explores all these angles throughout the book, while chronicling the deadly ascent he took during which 8 people perished.
He has a way with language that has the effect of making you feel as if you were right there in the no-man's land of the high peaks, with their raw, unforgiving climate and conditions.
All of this is delivered at a brusque pace so that the book is over before you know it.
My main critique has to do with the at times lengthy quotes that begin each chapter. While some of them were interesting, I felt that for the most part they were disruptive to narrative. And I had to wonder if the reason they were used so excessively was to distract from the shortness of the book and make it seem longer than it actually was.
In any case, it's still a great audiobook which I'll probably listen to again. The narrator, though not Krakauer, was very Krakauer-esque in his voice and tone and probably did a better job than he would have.
the story was enthralling and engaging. I agree with some reviewers that it was hard to keep track of the characters but it just makes me want to listen to it again. well done!
I've read other books by Krakauer and I enjoy his writings. I had another enjoyable experience with this one. Give it a listen. Also, the reader does a great job too. The audio will at times repeat a sentence, but it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book.