Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day Audiobook | Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan | Audible.com
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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day | [Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan]

Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.
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Publisher's Summary

When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.

Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend.

At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.

©2012 Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Buried in the Sky is a compelling account of the men who have literally shouldered the rest of the world’s mountaineers up K2." (Norman Ollestad, best-selling author of Crazy for the Storm )

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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-08-14
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "A different perspective..."

    I was surprised to see the other reviews for this book.

    This is an outstanding story of tragedy and survival for a group of elite climbers who rarely get the spotlight: the Sherpas.
    The book also shines the spotlight on a mountain peak that might be overlooked because it is not as high as Everest, but it turns out that K2 is actually considered the most dangerous mountain in the world. The tragedy that occurred on its peak in 2008 is shocking!
    The book explains the culture and history of the native mountain climbers, often referred to as Sherpas. We get to know a little about the climbers who were trying for the K2 summit. The politics and cultural issues that surrounded the 2008 climb all play a part in the life and death struggle of these climbers. It makes for a very compelling book. I couldn't stop listening!
    The narrator is excellent.

    The only problem I had was my own fault- it was difficult to remember the unfamiliar names of each climber. I was a little confused during the critical moments of the story, trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. I had to go back a little at that point to clarify the sequence of events.

    The author is very neutral and does not place blame on any one or any group. It is obvious that those involved did place blame, and there was significant friction and drama when the event was over.

    All in all, I would definitely recommend this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 05-31-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 05-31-13 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Tragic story on K2"

    Didn't know much about mountain climbing, but found myself pulled in by this tragic story. Details and personal history of those involved and the events that led to the disaster made for a compelling telling of K2s deadliest day. Learning something about the Sherpas and mountain climbing in general, I still cant say I completely understand why they do what they do, but in listening to this story, I am amazed anyone survived and I have an increased respect for what they do.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Burrows Walla Walla, WA, United States 05-21-14
    S. Burrows Walla Walla, WA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Great, great book!"

    One of the very best books I've ever read. Gives the story of mountain climbing from the perspective of the Sherpa, without whom Westerners would never have climbed the highest peaks in the world but who are mostly unsung heroes. Excellent performance by narrator as well.

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    Heliosue Southern California 05-17-14
    Heliosue Southern California 05-17-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Well written and narrator better than you think."
    What made the experience of listening to Buried in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    In spite of the first couple of minutes sounding like a computerized reader, the narrator does a very good job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seems to be well researched with a great deal of background on the attempts to climb K2.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite. There were several good descriptions of climbing difficulties.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No strong reaction, except that it was a very involving and easy to listen to book.


    Any additional comments?

    More than one reviewer has remarked about the narration sounding mechanical. Fortunately, that only lasts for the first minute or two of the recording. After the first couple of minutes, the narrator does a fine job, including pronunciations of difficult names and believable accents and voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Working Poor Nor Cal 06-14-13
    Working Poor Nor Cal 06-14-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Narration sounds like it's automated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was looking forward to the story, but the narration is horrible and sounds like it's automated.


    What could Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Doersch’s performances?

    Not a chance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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