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.
I'm afraid to hear what the real Ed Viesturs sounds like for risk of tarnishing the mental image I have after hearing this reader read No Shortcuts to the Top.
It was wonderfully read with a real sense of passion and attention to detail. This is by far one of the most incredible books I've ever read. As an outdoors-man, it's very inspirational and educating but even if you've never hiked more than a few miles, you can still enjoy the Ed's accounts of climbing the world's highest mountains.
One of those books that you never want to end.
out of the many audio books I have listened to, I put this in my top 5. Even knowing very little about climbing mountains this book does not fail to keep you interested throughout the entire tail. I would suggest to any one who thought this a great book to also listen to Robert Kursons, "Shadow Divers" which could help complete your knowledge of altitudes by going from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the world. Both are great books in that you don't have to climb or scuba dive to enjoy them.
I started listening to this book while on a plane traveling to El Paso, TX to climb Guadalupe Peak in Texas. This book is witty, serious, educational, and downright inspiring. This book could not have been written any better. The sad part is that the endeavor is over, I understand the "bittersweet melancholy" of the end of this man's journey. The only difference is his journey has just begun.
Keep Climbing Ed!
This book will appeal to a broad audience; the climber that's interested in FACTUAL material about their sport, the athlete that's looking for motivation, the historian that wants insight into the legacy of mountaineering in the high peaks of the world, and the "average Joe" that wonders why any individual would ever want to put themselves at risk for such a seemingly selfish undertaking.
Ed touches on these topics along with many others in the book. The individuals of the text are introduced with such detail that you will laugh (and sometimes cry) as their lives (and some deaths) are related. As I listened to the final chapter, I was truly sad the "ride" was over. Do note, however, that the book at times seems to turn and twist back on itself (chronologically). That said, the organization makes complete sense as the book closes ... you realize that the book was written exactly as it should have been.