Retold by the survivor most responsible for the group's rescue, this excellent book not only provides a spellbinding rendition of one of the great survival stories of all time, but also provides a unique view into the feelings and thoughts of the people who were there, and a perspective from three decades later on what it means to have survived. This is one audio book you will not want turn off or even pause. The epilogue spoken by the author himself, together with an interview by the publisher, provides added interest. I've listened to maybe 40 different Audible books, and none more enjoyable or thought provoking than this one. Highest recommendation.
I remember reading ALIVE so many years ago and always being fascinated by this story. Nando Parrado was one of the survivors and has written a deeply personal book that tells the story without sensationalism. The author reads the prologue and epilogue and as other reviewers mentioned, his accent is heavy. That was not distracting to me at all. There is also an interview with Nando at the end and that was a real treat. This is an excellent listen and highly recommended.
Fabulous blow by blow recap of an unimaginable tragedy, told by one of the survivors. I really couldn't put this book down. Tremendous detail, sometimes uncomfortable to hear, but part of the story. Terrific narration.
This book was written by one of the survivors. The author gives a foreword and afterword (the author has a heavy South American accent and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to follow easily when I head the foreword but someone else narrates the rest of the book). The narrator has a light South American accent that adds to the story's perspective. The recording is good and the pace is good. First person perspective. I'm blown away by the toughness and determination of Nando and his friends. Well told. I was riveted to this book and would recommend it to anyone.
I don't usually read books about tragedies because it shakes me up too much. This rocked my world for a few days, but the overall power of the story and lessons learned far outweigh the pain and uncomfortable moments you have to listen about.
unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
this is a such an incredible story. to hear about such testing of the human spirit yet it was a challenge met with grace. yes it was hard to hear at some points, but well worth the investment of one's time. what a remarkable man.
Story: excellent description
Narrator: great and clear, he sounds like and Americanized Nando.
This is an amazing story of human survival. I bought it to learn about human strength and leadership when man is pushed to the edge. I learned many lessons about positive and negative outlooks in life from Nando and the survivors.
The book, "Alive!" is more of an overall documentary account, while this book, "Miracle in the Andes" is from Nando's personal perspective and dives deeper into his personal thoughts through their journey to find help in the Andes.
I love survival tales and selected this for that reason. I recently heard Nando interviewed and the experience sounded literally over the top. On that count the book delivers - a well read, well told, narrative. It is a treat that Nando reads the first and last chapters, and Morey is good too. You also get an interview with Nando at the end.
But the true jewel in this book is Nando's spiritual journey. He ruminations about God and life, his relationships with his friends, and his awareness that love is what gave him the power to survive - a love of his father. Nando discovered God in all things; he does not believe that God "saved him" but that God was there.
There is also a substantial "epilogue." We learn of his life after the adventure and the truly uplifting story behind his coming to write his story so many years after the actual event.
This book is on my top 10 list. Highely recommended.
Great story. Poor audio book. The story would be best abridged the writer is long on words and short on story. The writer spent to much time on his relationship with god and self and too little time telling the story. A much better book is titled "Alive". Skip this one if possible unless you like boring.