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)
Great book & an incredible true story, it is truly amazing, but one may be put off by the heavy accented audio sample that accompanies this book. That is in fact not the narrator but the author who at the very start of the book introduces himself before handing over to the actual narrator. If you do enjoy this also have a look at Unbreakable, that is also truly amazing & I feel a better book.
I enjoyed this more than "Alive". Nando not only describes in full detail his harrowing experience in the Andes, but also how it affected his faith, his attitude and the rest of his life. Beautifully written.
I bought this book at a book signing after the Author spoke at a conference in Sweden. I was so moved by the story and was literally out of breath by the time he finished. That presentation was super condensed, but still amazing. I then actually got to sit on a plane next to him afterward, and was very impressed with him as a human being, just extraordinary. I couldn't wait to get into the book, and I loved it. It was quite difficult at several points. What these people went through is hard to even imagine, but I'm so glad I stayed with it. The rescue had me in tears. Clearly it wasn't a surprise, but it was so powerful after journeying through the story. Get it.
Unimaginable circumstances, incredible will to survive, pure raw and emotional. A must read. My first review is this book. It was so moving that it will probably change how I live my life.
This was one of the best stories I have ever heard. At times I weeped my way through the book. It would be an honor to ever meet The survivors of this ordeal. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fantastic read. I really enjoyed the interview at the end as well!
Of course I have heard details of this story before now. I also saw the movie Alive, taken from the book by the same name, which was written by a British author who researched the crash and the fates of those on the plane. I much preferred this Audible version of events, written by one of the crash survivors. His very personal tale made the entire incident come alive for me. That makes all the difference between finding a story merely interesting, and living it along with the author who experienced the events described.
So many! Every minute of those weeks in the Andes was important, because every moment was about desperation and survival. My favorite moment was when the author hiked out of the mountains and first encountered other people, ultimately leading to rescue of the survivors. The relief is beyond measure, for the reader as well as for the author.
It was overall well paced and spoken with appropriate emotion and emphasis.
Yes, in a way. But it's an intense story and benefits from pauses to reflect.
I had returned from a trip to Peru and Bolivia shortly before listening to this book. I found the Andean range to be exotic and massive beyond belief. When I listened to Miracle in the Andes, I could envision the setting and circumstances of the crash so easily, having seen the Andes for myself. Hiking out of that seemingly endless expanse of steep, snow covered mountains after weeks of hunger and exposure to the elements--that is an awesome feat. As I discovered during my South American trip, the Andes are impressively tall and make up the world's longest mountain range. That range is also surprisingly wide. I had no trouble sharing the author's despair on climbing to the top of the crash site mountain, only to see an ocean of mountain peaks stretching from horizon to horizon, no evidence of civilization, nothing but sharp whitened spires and sheer cliffs looming over narrow, high valleys. I recommend this book to anyone who would like first person details of this crash, the survivors' tough times on the frozen mountain slopes, and the desperate, heroic hike that led the author and his companion to civilization and rescue. The author also shares his eventful post-rescue life, including updates on the fates of other survivors. This is a very well done audio book.
It is easy to gush over books, harder to criticize, and harder yet to carefully give a peek into a story without causing ruin.
My favorite books are true stories of people that overcome difficult circumstances: Running for My Life, Skeletons in the Zahara, Into Thin Air, Endurance, et al.
Miracle in the Andes is a book where you feel good about spending your time reading it. When I brag on my reading, I will brag on this one.
Let me know if you have others that are in the same genre, and send titles.
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