Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off.
As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across 45 miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.
Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes, a first person account of the crash and its aftermath, is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.
©2006 Nando Parrado; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"An amazing story of bravery and courage." (Booklist)
"This is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family, and love." (Publishers Weekly)
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
If you've read " alive" and so think this isn't worth reading, your making a BIG mistake. If you think this book will just be depressing - your making a BIG mistake. If you think this will be a poorly written rehash of the story - again, mistake.
What this is, is one of the greatest story's of survival ever told - and Unlike "Alive" this book has been Written by the leader and savior of the group 30 yrs or so after the incident.
What kept coming up in my mind as I was reading this was how well it was written. This is such a remarkable almost unbelievable story! Finally being told by the leader of those remarkable band of brothers who endured the unendurable. Just incredible stuff. Highest rating!
I read the original factual account of the Andes story ("Alive" by Piers Paul Read) when I was a teenager and never forgot the story. As an adult revisiting the amaziing story of the survival of the 16 young men trapped in the Andes mountain was well worth my time. The essence of this book for me is that through time and healing, Nando Parrado has reflected on everything that happened in those mountains and turned his experience into a positive message from which the entire world can benefit.
This book is an amazing tale of survival. Even if you've seen the movie Alive you should still listen to this book. I thought the narrator did a great job as well. I can't really even think of anything negative to say about this book. Worth the download!
I loved this book! This is an amazing account of both tragedy and triumph as told by one of the survivors. I was captivated by the story from the beginning and found it difficult to stop listening to this audio production as I arrived at my job each morning or back home in the afternoon.
I could hardly put it down. It was an adventure with incredible character development. Perfect mix of survival details and the human development. I would love to hear Nando speak in person about this.
I have read 100+ books on Audible, and this is the one I have re-listened to the most. I keep it permanently on my iPod, and regularly listen to favourite passages, and especially to the interview with Nando Parrado where he explains the story of how he came to write the book after all these years.
The best fiction authors can't come close to matching this real-life story of survival and the life-long journey of self-discovery that results.
Trust all these 5-star reviews -- read the book! I promise you won't be disappointed.
I love this story. I have seen the movie Alive, read the book and now listened to Nando Parrado's book (one of the survivors) and this is the best of the three. This is a powerful story that provides the reader with perspective on their own life.
Even if you saw the movie or read the book Alive, which I did not, Miracle In The Andes is an emotionally wrenching and intellectually challenging literary event you will never forget. It is a story of both action and character. It will make you think about life, and death, and love, and God, all the greatest literary themes, as only the best literature can. Nando Parrado is someone we can all learn from. A joyously excellent and timeless read for both men and women, most highly recommended.
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