Before I read it I wondered how the author was going to tie together all of his adventures into an interesting story.
But he does it really well, mixing his life story well with the main topics of the book.
Viesturs gives good insights into the psychology of mountain climbers (himself included). I got a lot out of this given that I am not a climber myself.
Yes, but mainly to cover details about certain mountains.
Annapurna, Maurice Herzog.
It may have been a tad slow. But fair.
Nothing extreme, but I did appreciate the details about other mountaineer's current and historic.
With audio books like these I would like to hear the subject's own voice for narration if the delivery is decent.
No. The book itself is good, audiobook notsomuch.
Narrator pronounced mountain names and climbers names incorrectly.
A bunch of people have been writing about how arrogant Ed is, but he's a professional sportsman who has had to publicise his activities and get sponsorship, etc. I think it's pretty normal for such people to become hubristic. I'd like to read a Michael Jordan memoir when we don't get a sense that the man believes in himself.
So I think that's just par for the course and it's an interesting insight into the kind of self belief that these people have. He mentions so many friends who do similar sorts of climbing and they're all, well, dead.
I thought the narrator was excellent, he's got this really interesting voice, super dramatic but it works.
I am new to climbing. This is a great one. I didn't want to stop listening. Lots of interesting history, riviting sub-stories, and a cool overall story. Very entertaining, but you learn a lot as well.
I read a audio review about Ed Viesturs being real stuck up on himself. But I had just listened to Into Thin Air and I was hungry for more information about '96 on Everest and the dead zone above 26,000 ft.
As I listened to the book, I found myself agreeing with this negative assessment - at first. But as I went along I decided this was more due to the person reading, and I decided to give Mr Viesturs the benefit of a doubt! My apologies, Ed.
This book was a good listen. It I Introduced me to an exclusive world above 8000 meters, where only Ed and a few others have been. If I had picked up Herzog's book on Annapurna in the 70's maybe it would have been me . . . . Nah!
I've read and/or listened to many climbing books. I've also seen every documentary on Everest and climbing I could get my hands on. Ed Viesturs is indeed a world class climber so I guess he's intitled to BRAG. He certainly does so in this book. The bragging wasn't as disconcerting as the narrator's mispronunciation of names and locations. That was the difference between 3 and 4 stars for me. Still, all & all if you like this sort of book it's a good listen.
This is a terrific book! Well written, exciting to listen to. Puts you right there alongside the author and some of the best climbers of his day as they tackle some of the most difficult peaks on earth.
The book was quite enjoyable and informative. The book was very good at bringing you into the world of mountain climbing and explaining the motivations of the author. You felt like you could understand what was going on in his head when he was climbing. The narration is also wonderful.
Well written with a good combination of technical detail with driving story line.
You have to love this kind of athlete since he is really one of the best in the wold but has a humility that comes through as real.
Very entertaining - actually made me think of getting in shape to try a big one.