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)
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.
The choice of obscene words although they may have been factual, I found them offensive
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.
This reminded me of Endurance by Ernest Shackleton. The will to live and press on is an incredible feature.
Movies usually ruin a books story.
A very good listen and something that can impart a good qualities
Real life example of what it takes to be a leader - courage, perseverance, compassion, dedication. An inspiring story for all leaders.
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.
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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