First, Ed is a big hero of mine and the book was a good read. Like many other readers I would agree that he does come off as being narcissistic at times. Despite this short coming I would recommend it to anyone interested in the adventure genre.
This is an exceptional look at what it takes to make such extreme accomplishments. Several reviews suggest Ed Viesturs is somewhat arrogant but this is a biography of him and it takes supreme self confidence to accomplish what he has done. The narrator does an excellent job with intonation and pace. I found myself gripped at points waiting to find out how the next section played out. I am certain I will listen to this one again in the future.
I enjoyed Ed's account of his climbing adventures very much. I have read several other books on this subject and found this one to be one of the more enjoyable. He does provide an account of the 1996 failed expedition popularized by "Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer, but also details how he got to that point and where he went from there. So many books today are focused only on that one event in an effort to cash in, but Ed's story of his climbs are numerous and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about high altitude mountaineering.
I love stories about mountain climbing and this one does not disappoint. I wonder if it is a series of articles because there is some repetition, but it is still great listening climbing thrills.
I enjoyed the stories. I didn’t find Ed to be arrogant but he does seam to be a little crazy. Ed is proud of his accomplishments and I think he should be. His description of the effort evolved to reach the high peaks is inspiring.
This is a GREAT follow-up to "Into Thin Air". Although I am not a climber, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, background and inspiriation that Ed shares in his passion for climbing.
Excellent memoir with great detail of Ed Viestur's excursions up the tallest mountains of the world. You are left with a strong appreciation of his accomplishments and a clear understanding of the death defying challenges he faced in meeting his personal goal to climb the world's 14 8000 meter + mountains. His direct narrative tone makes you feel as though he is sharing his inner most thoughts with you as he would a close friend. And you can't believe the circumstances he survived along the way. In the end he is an American hero. I recommend this book highly.