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Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home | [Nando Parrado, Vince Rause]

Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    What did you love best about Miracle in the Andes?

    This story is very interesting and inspiring. To think that it is a true story is incredible and I cannot imagine such an event taking place.


    What other book might you compare Miracle in the Andes to and why?

    This reminded me of Endurance by Ernest Shackleton. The will to live and press on is an incredible feature.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Movies usually ruin a books story.


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    A very good listen and something that can impart a good qualities

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    Michael Horseheads, NY, United States 09-14-08
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    Real life example of what it takes to be a leader - courage, perseverance, compassion, dedication. An inspiring story for all leaders.

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    AMW 02-15-07
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    "well told, well read"

    Highest possible recommendation for this book. It's absolutely the best audiobook I have purchased. The author's reading of prologue and epilogue, and the interview at the end are icing on the cake.

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    I absolutely disagree with the first reviewer. I was captivated by the authors willingness to describe his inner struggle in great detail. "Alive" is weak and shallow in comparison. This book is about character and determination, hope and despair, life and death, God and self. I highly recommend it!

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