Aron Ralston, an experienced 27-year-old outdoorsman, was on a days solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an 800-pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight.
Yet with the new morning came an epiphany: if he could use the rocks vise-like hold to break his arm bones, his blunted pocketknife could serve as a surgeons blade....
©2010 Simon & Schuster Audio; 2010 Aron Ralston
I saw the film and heard some snippets of Ralston's interviews online. This made me wonder why he said he wouldn't avoid this accident if he were to do it over again. This book helped to explain what the experience has done to enrich the author's life. Although the book would do a service to readers by adding some advice on avoiding similar incidents, it's a great story from a standpoint of overcoming adversity, facing fears, "growing" spiritually/intellectually, etc. The book does not, however, provide much advice in terms of "lessons learned." I enjoyed that it was ready by Aron Ralston himself. I always like audio books that are read by their own authors; you can be pretty sure that all the voice inflections are correct interpretations of the author's tone.
Climbing since 1995
It was neat to listen to the voice of Aaron retell his own story. That said, he isn't an actor, but the way it was told is true to character. I'd already read quite a bit about the story, I'd watched NBC's report with Tom Brokaw. This book made me feel like I was there in the slot with him. Small warning, about the use of the F*** word just after he gets trapped by the rock. Other than that I'd recomend it to any young reader.
If you listen to the story with the intent to criticize the author for mistakes made, or to second guess him "Well I would have done....." then you will not get the most out of this book. Rather this book can teach how amazing the will to live, and explore really is. It is an inspiring book.
I started competitive Rock Climbing in 1996, and since then have drifted between the worlds of bouldering, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and even have a few big walls, under my belt. This book is fuel to get me home.
Aron is an amazing writer and captures his experience in such detail you feel as though you have come out a different person by the end. He takes you through his agonizing 6 days with such visualization that you emerge determined and amazed with a value on life that is more powerful than ever.
I am Walt Whitman's noiseless patient spider.
I enjoyed listening to this book, primarily due to Aron's narration--I don't think anyone else could tell his story adequately. I've read a lot of reviews that lambast Aron for his arrogance and poor planning, but is that really any different than the invincibility that many of us feel when we're young? I thought he was very honest and held himself accountable for the mistakes he made, so give him a break! At any rate, that's not what this story was about. To me, this story was about the power of action, and how liberating it can be to simply be moving forward in the face of conflict. I can only imagine what Aron endured during those 127-hours, and the gumption it took to do what he did is simply astounding. His thoughtful and passionate reading of this story helped me 'feel' what he was going throuh...moments of exhilaration, despair, fear, sorrow, comedy, courage, hope, and love.
The human body can endure more than we know as long as your mind is committed to the same goal. I loved that Aron narrated this book, he was reliving many of these moments and I felt at times the feeling of what its liked to be trapped, to be elated with an idea of how to get free only to despair when it didn't work, but then to come up with another solution. This is a true principal in life too. Never ever give up, when one thing fails, try another. He told the story well, in a compelling narrative. Thanks to this I ran extra miles as I listen while running and didn't want to stop, and I ran faster when I felt his stress!! I loved this. As a m9ther, I imagined what his mother felt like, when she learned he was missing and she had to jump in to action. I would love another book by Aron Ralston to tell what he's done since this incident, as I've heard so much about all that he's accomplished since the accident.
That Aron told the story himself. A narrator could never do his story justice as he brought true, raw emotion to the story.
This is my first.
If you love inspirational stories, this is a must have!
Aron told this story in a way that it was very easy to follow and it was very entertaining and interesting. A book like this could have easily turned into a huge bore but I finished this one in like a day and a half. Great job!
A survival story like no other, couldn't stop listening. a truly magnificent story told with such passion and I truly felt enlightened by the end. everyone could learn something from his experience.
I haven't read the book nor watch the film but this audio book is amazing, Aron is an inspirational person.
A must listen!
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