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Buried in the Sky Audiobook

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

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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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    SMN 09-09-14
    SMN 09-09-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Storytelling/ Story"
    What does David Doersch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a narrator, David Doersch makes great effort to bring this book to life. Especially noteworthy in this performance are his attempts to articulate accents, and onomatopoeia.


    Any additional comments?

    "Buried in the Sky" examines the business of high altitude climbing from a vastly different perspective than many accounts penned by other authors on the topic. From the Rowaling Valley in Nepal (altitude 12,000 feet above sea level) up the soaring slopes of the world's tallest peaks, the authors follow key points in the life of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and his own personal journey out of poverty and up the mountains, first as a porter, and then as a mountaineer. The story finds it's apex on K2 in 2008 when 11 climbers perished on the slopes. The book is well written and trimmed with rich cultural detail, bridging a crevasse sometimes left untraversed by other authors on the subject. Noteworthy about the book is the authors' attention to rich folklore, adding a new dimension to those 8,000 meter giants.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer minneapolis, MN, United States 05-31-16
    Jennifer minneapolis, MN, United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2011

    audio book junkie

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    "Great perspective & a total page turner"

    I listened to this book over the course of two days, that's really fast for me and a testament to what a fast read 'Buried in the Sky' is. I love books about mountaineering and extreme sports and I now consider 'Buried in the Sky' among my favorites. The 2008 season on K2 was a tragedy and listening to the telling of it is extremely addictive, but the perspective of the Sherpa climbers, Pemba and Chhiring, was what made this book stand out. How and why the people native to the Himalaya region make the difficult choices (and sometimes they have little choice) to become porters/guides/climbing team members is such a silent voice in the world of mountaineering novels. Exploring the spiritual beliefs of the region was an eye-opening glimpse into the local relationship with the landscape and the prevailing views on mountaineering. I definitely recommend this book - really interesting read.

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    Greg Greg 01-26-16
    Greg Greg 01-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Sherpa's are the true mountainieers"
    Where does Buried in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all Sherpa's


    Have you listened to any of David Doersch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Yes
    More respect for the Sherpa's
    and less respect for the so called mountaineers
    Sherpa's did all the hard tasks with very little appreciation
    and pay. No such thing as insurance for the Sherpa's that
    did not make it. The Sherpa's undertook the climbing as a honor.
    They worshiped each mountain.


    Any additional comments?

    Read most climbing books thinking the mountaineers did so much more.
    They did very little in setting routes, camps, & equipment. There's no way they could even reach the base camps without the Sherpa's help. Many Sherpa's per climber.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TemperPolk 03-18-15
    TemperPolk 03-18-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Absolutely gripping!!"

    This much needed account from the perspective of the Sherpas is as gripping as it is terrifying. The narrator's performance was impeccable. As mountains go K2 has always held more allure and mystery than Everest. This disaster will surely not dissuade serious climbers but let's hope that this never happens again.

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 05-23-16
    Diane 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Story"

    This was my first audio book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The background and detail were magnificently done. The narrator was excellent, using (but not over using) dialects. I had previously read (in book form) "Into Thin Air", but I thought this book even better. The authors truly made me feel like I knew each of the main characters, with my heart stopping many times, and breaking into smiles at other times. The descriptive writing was "spot-on"! I was disappointed when the book ended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 04-17-16
    Jeanne 04-17-16
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    "Fabulous Book, but NOT to listen to!"

    This was a great book, unfortunately not so great to listen to. There are so many names that are similar and foreign to a westerner that it's hard to keep track of what happened to whom. It's so fascinating, but leaves you wondering who exactly it was that the incident involved. I loved it, but feel I got cheated by not reading it - my mind would have been able to distinguish the people had I read the names, but not just by listening.

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    Eric K 04-04-16
    Eric K 04-04-16

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    "Meh, had a a hard time connecting with the story."

    The accounts were hard to follow at times. I'm not certain what didnt hit the mark for me but it missed.

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    Heliosue 05-17-14
    Heliosue 05-17-14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-26-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Sherpas, The True Unsung Heroes"

    This is a very interesting book about the deadliest assault on K2 which occurred in 2008 and left 11 dead. For some reason, I have a real affinity for mountain climbing stories, having read many of them. This one is a bit different from the others, as it focuses on the Sherpa, the real unsung heroes of the Nepalese climbing experience. There is included a good deal of Sherpa history--actually, everything you might wonder about them.

    While I love to read these true stories, I in no way understand the need to climb these dangerous and inhospitable peaks. Why anyone would risk their life (and it IS a very real risk) is beyond me. In listening to this audiobook, I felt myself getting angry at times at the loss of life for NO good reason. I would mutter under my breath, "Idiots!" At least one can understand why the Sherpa do it--it is for monetary gains and perhaps one of the only ways they can support their families adequately. In addition, over time they have become biologically more able to withstand the rigors of high altitude climbing.

    If you can put this unfathomable quality aside, it is a fascinating story, albeit sad. As far as the narrator goes, I feel he is quite good. He is a natural at doing accents and doesn't detract anything from the story. At first he sounded too business-like, but this quickly passed and I felt he was an asset to the book. It was a fast and easy listen and well worth the time.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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