Jeffrey Archer's new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man - George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.
Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age 37, he was last seen 400 feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.
In fact, not until you've heard the last words of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.
©2009 Jeffrety Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
The first Archer book I read was The Prisoner of Birth, and I was instantly drawn into what for me is one of the best mysteries of all time. So of course when I heard Archer came out with another novel, I bought it on release day, and once again it doesn't disappoint.
Archer has this amazing way of telling a story, he slowly ramps your interest into the characters until you get to the point where your thinking about the book even when your not listening to it. I had never had much interest in climbing but after reading this book I have a whole new appreciation for their art form.
The book as a whole is brilliant, its part love story, part adventure, and a whole lot of twists and turns up until the last words. Although maybe not as earth shattering as The Prisoner of Birth, this book really deserves a look.
I always wonder when I see a One Star rating against a bunch of Four-Five Stars what that person saw that the others did not. In this case it must have been the whole book because this story is terrific.
I'm a big Archer fan and count this among his best. It is a great story with classic characters and larger than life motives. It does have a bit of a 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' feel, but it is consistant with the period and settings.
In the end, I wonder if he made it.
Jeffrey Archer's fictional interpretation of George Mallory's life and his heroic assault of Mt. Everest is a fascinating story and the narrator does a great job. The novel's strength is in the historical tale and in its description of the times. It is less successful at bringing Mallory to life but it the plot and history make it a compelling tale.
I confess that I did not know the story of George Mallory prior to picking up this book. Mr. Archer does a wonderful job of bringing the person to life through this well crafted story. I had not read anything from him for many years - this has renewed my interest.
A great read.
I wasn't sure if I would like this or not. It really isn't my genre. But it was very interesting. I had a hard time shutting it off! My only regret was that it wasn't longer. I strongly suggest you give this one a listen. -Mrs. Yancey F.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
I was hoping Archer's new book would have the twists that Prisoner at Birth did, but this was an enjoyable listen. Very informative and factual.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Since the outcome of this story is well known and posted in the summary, why would one bother with the book? The answer might well be "because it is there." Personally, I think Archer is a great story teller, and I want to read most, if not all, he publishes. I didn't expect much, and I didn't get much.
This is a story about a person whose obsession with climbing Everest is so compelling he is willing to risk his life, the lives of others and the future of his family in a quest to be the first to the top. OK, like the dog that chases the car. What happens when he catches it? As climbers well know, getting back down can be more treacherous than the ascent.
If you are a climber, you will find it sophomoric. If you like some mystery, you will not get it. So I ask "what's the point?" And like the answer given to the question of why climb Everest...because it's there.
My next listen is likely to be another Jeffrey Archer book.
Narrator performed well.
I really enjoyed this listen. Although I have no interest in climbing, the passion that this man exudes is contagious. It's an adventure, a love story and a very easy listen. It was a bit long, and I wonder if the abridged version would have been just as good...Enjoy!
Jeffery Archer has been a favorite of mine since "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" way back before audiobooks were even thought of. This book is one of his best, combining history, real characters, probably a little fiction, adventure and romance all rolled into a masterful tale of the guy who probably beat Hillary to the top of Everest by 40 years! We may never know for sure, but the end of the book had me wishing there was more, and I had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. George Mallory sounds like I guy I would have been honored to know. I recommend this book to anyone who has loved, lived and dreamed!
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