Loved the reading!
Jon Krakauer, eyewitness, author, and narrator, grabs the audience in a way which transports them with the doomed 1996 Everest expedition teams. We feel the camaraderie, exultations, and eventual tragedy while safely well below the "death zone". Having skimmed the printed edition, I finally purchased and listened to this title while commuting - for the first time I wished my commute were longer or the traffic worse!
Jon reads with feeling, as he should; he was there and witnessed the events. His account is gripping and the unabridged version is well worth the additional investment of time!
I see that The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev, a guide on Fisher's team, is also available on Audible - to better understand the events of mid-May 1996 one would want to listen to both titles.
Having been an Audible listener for over 2 years, I have often relied upon reviews of other listeners when choosing new titles; this is my first contribution.
I tried the selection based solely on the reviews; I had an upcoming business trip and hoped to have a few chuckles while traveling. Little did I know, but I was on my way to becoming hooked on "Skinny Dip". I, like reviewers before, found myself laughing out loud. My wish list now contains more Hiaasen titles.
Tool ended up becoming my favorite of the cast. Seeing his personal change as the story progressed was a central and enduring theme for me. This is NOT to discount the other fabulous characters.
After having attempted to read this title on numerous occasions (my wife loves the series), I was delighted to find a well read audio version which kept the story alive! I only wish it had been an unabridged edition.
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