Only a few years ago, Alex Honnold was little known beyond a small circle of hardcore climbers. Today, at the age of 30, he is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. In that short time, he has proven his expertise in many styles of climbing and has shattered speed records, pioneered routes, and won awards within each discipline. More spectacularly still, he has pushed the most extreme and dangerous form of climbing far beyond the limits of what anyone thought was possible.
Free soloing, Honnold's specialty, is a type of climbing performed without a rope, a partner, or hardware - such as pitons, nuts, or cams - for aid or protection. The results of climbing this way are breathtaking, but the stakes are ultimate: If you fall, you die.
In Alone on the Wall, Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing climbing achievements so far in his still-evolving career. He narrates the drama of each climb along with reflective passages that illuminate the inner workings of his highly perceptive and discerning mind. We share in the jitters and excitements he feels waking in his van (where he lives full time) before a climb; we see him self-criticize in his climbing journal (a veritable Bible for students of the sport); and we learn his secrets to managing fear. Veteran climber and award-winning author David Roberts writes part of each chapter in his own voice, and he calls on other climbers and the sport's storied past to put Alex's tremendous accomplishments in perspective.
Whenever Honnold speaks in public, he is asked the same two questions: "Aren't you afraid you're going to die?" and "why do you do this?" Alone on the Wall takes us around the world and through the highs and lows in the life of a climbing superstar to answer those fascinating questions.
©2016 Alex Honnold and David Roberts (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Yes, it's all about Honnold, which is an interesting subject. An interesting slice of the climbing pie.
I am not sure. Maybe Kiss or Kill. Or that book about Lance Armstrong. If you like climbing books and can handle some serious mispronounciation, then this book is for you
I am not an orthoepist, but some names of places and important people are mispronounced and it hurts my ears. I can understandthat some of it's just wacky climber lingo, but it's almost like he is mispronouncing the words on purpose. Why would someone do that?
I really enjoyed it. I didn't laugh or cry, but I liked it.
This is a great book. Whether you are a climber or not, there is a story to enjoy for everyone. As a climber, I would have enjoyed it more if the narrator had some climbing knowledge. Listening to him mispronounce Chris Sharma's name and not understanding what 5.11 referred to was a bit peeving.
narrator makes this book very hard to listen to, he comes across as very arrogant and he mispronounces many climbing words. The book reads like a tick list, I did this then this. I was hoping for more insight into the thoughts fears and desires behind honnold's climbing career, or at least an interesting read like steph davis' books. Hope his next book is more thoughtfully laid out as he is an amazing person with an amazing story to tell.
Great content, but the mispronunciation of words was more than a little annoying. Also, the voice that portrayed Alex Honnold resembled that of an egotistical snowboard bro.
I am a big fan of Alex Honnold - both for his climbing and for his social action. I truly wanted to like this audio book. I definitely should have simply bought the book itself and forgone the audio version. I would've had Alex Honnold read his portion of the book. He is very well known and has a very recognizable voice. The person who read in his place was simply adequate. There were some mispronunciations, and every time he spoke, it reminded me that Alex Honnold was not reading the book.
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I would've cast Alex Honnold to read Alex Honnold. It was truly distracting to listen to someone else who was obviously not him.
Yes - check who is narrating more closely in the future.
The book is likely quite good. The readers were also good. But not having Alex read his portions was a mistake by the producers.
Get ready to grit your teeth as the narrator mispronounces climbing term after climbing term. Move past that and it's a fun listen.
until I got to the finish. This is a powerful account of Alex's life in climbing. I would recommend this to anyone, climber or not. I will probably listen through a few more times myself.
Enjoyed listening to this book. I haven't followed all of Alex's climbs so it was interesting to hear about his climbing journey from start to current date. Overall a very enjoyable listen, even as others have mentioned some things were mispronounced. Interestingly, I feel like I came away from the book with more respect for Alex's climbs and accomplishments but kind of disliking him more as a person. Maybe it was just the inflection of the narrator's voice during Alex's segments but I feel like a lot of it came off as arrogant and disconnected from us non-elite climbers, even though he's seemed like nothing but humble before.
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