Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest will hold listeners spellbound. A top-rated guide and high altitude climber, Boukreev dictated the raw and powerful details of this ill-fated trek from memories and notes recorded just five days after the catastrophe. In May of 1996, 33 people went up the mountain, but only 28 returned. As two commercial expeditions climbed the world’s highest peak, poor planning, miscommunication, and an unpredictable blizzard conspired to defeat them. Although the author made it back to the safety of his tent, he defied his own pain and exhaustion to go back up the mountain. His rescue attempt saved the lives of three climbers. The events of those two fateful days prompted researchers at MIT to develop new technology that could prevent the recurrence of such a disaster. Narrators Richard M. Davidson and Nelson Runger sensitively convey the full scope of a drama and a tragedy the world hopes never to see again.
©1997 Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
if you're interested in hearing the details of what happened on that terrible day on Mount Everest then this book paints a very good picture. There are details here that only someone who was part of the event could talk to nd the facts are breathtaking
Haven't read the print version
The rescue efforts by Anatoli
The survival of the few left on the open on that night
Listening to an audiobook is best when the content of the story is meaningful, well paced, and dramatic and told with nuance and depth. Poor writing drags down the most resonant narrative voice. Assuming the story is sound and the writing is executed artfully, the narrator can create a performance, or adopt the two-dimensional instructional tone of a poorly narrated documentary.
The listening experience failed on all counts. The story feels cobbled together, the quality of the writing is poor, and the narrator - sorry, you have a lovely deep voice Mr. Davidson - but the narrator is soulless and stiff as cardboard. I am passionately interested in the subject matter and could not bear this awful book. I highly recommend "Into Thin Air" as a satisfying alternative.
If you read or listened to "Into Thin Air" you must listen to this. This is another well told side of the 1996 Everest coin. Here the author refutes Krakauer's criticism's of him in not doing enough to save people's lives during the 1996 Everest disaster. And it makes you really wonder why Krakauer didn't do more to investigate his bold claims defaming Anatoli. Written simply and honestly but in a thrilling way - this is an adventure classic for generations to come.
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