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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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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TemperPolk 03-18-15
    TemperPolk 03-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Fantasy Bookworm

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SMN Texarkana, AR, United States 09-09-14
    SMN Texarkana, AR, United States 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.

    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

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    uncleDarren 07-05-15
    uncleDarren 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "riveting"

    Such a great audio book. the narrator was amazing. if you like armchair adventures, this is a great one.

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    Aidan Marcuss 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, well narrated with good pronunciations"

    Compelling look into a terrible disaster through people and the choices they make. I found it very clear where many books of the same genre get confusing in the chaos of tragedy.

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    Amazon Customer 05-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Namaste

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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 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Slam Bones 06-14-13
    Slam Bones 06-14-13

    JD

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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 6 people found this review helpful

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