I found this to be an interesting book, and as one who lives and works in Outer Mongolia, it brought to light some essential history. The author did a good job on his research, and writes in a way that captivates interest in not only the main character of the book, but also a unique historical era in central Asia.
The only thing I found distracting was the way the reader of the book utilized accents. When reading direct quotes from various historical figures, the reader would take on some kind of strange sounding Germanic accent. It was a tad distracting, if not annoying during those portions.
In spite of this, however, I do recommend this for anyone with any interest in Mongolian or Central Asian history.
Viesters writing voice is down to earth, informative and human. He does an excellent job mixing the climbing history of K-2 with his adventures on and off that particular mountain. When relating to the people and lives described in the book e strikes a good balance between "tell all" and "face saving", giving a realistic portrayal of the human drama and characters of K-2.
The audio book was easy to listen to, as Fred Sanders does a great job making the narrative come alive.
In the end, the star of the show is the mountain, and I left listening to this book wishing Viesturs and Roberts had actually written a longer version which included more of the fascinating stories of attempts to climb this "savage mountain".
For any and all climbers and outdoors adventurers, this is a must read.
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