From New York Times best-selling author Lori Lansens comes a harrowing survival story about four strangers who spend five days lost in the mountain wilderness above Palm Springs.
Four go up the mountain, but only three will come down.
On the morning of Wolf Truly's 18th birthday, he boards the first cable car to head up the mountains just a few miles from his sun-bleached trailer home in the desert community outside of Palm Springs. Armed with nothing but the clothes on his back, Wolf's intention that morning was to give up on life - specifically at the mountain site of his best friend's tragic accident one year ago. But on that shaky ride up the mountain, fate intervenes and Wolf meets three women that will leave an indelible imprint on the rest of his life. Through a series of missteps, the four wind up lost and stranded among the forested cliffs - in sight of the desert city below, but unable to find a way down.
As the days pass without rescue, we come to learn how each of them came to be on the mountain that morning. And as their situation shifts from misadventure to nightmare, the lost hikers forge an inextricable bond, pushing themselves, and each other, beyond their limits.
Reminiscent of John Krakauer's modern classic Into the Wild and Cheryl Strayed's number-one best-selling Oprah-endorsed Wild, Lori Lansen's The Mountain Story is a deeply affecting novel that pays homage to the rugged beauty - and utterly unforgiving nature - of the wilderness, and considers the question: What price are you willing to pay not only for the ones you love, but for a complete stranger?
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I love this book. Of the almost hundred I've head in audible, this is in my top ten. Really engaging narrator, beautiful writing and kept me guessing and deeply invested through the end.
"Very engaging. Beautifully interwoven narrative with threads the reader was eager to follow! Couldn't stop listening!"
Very engaging. Beautifully interwoven narrative with threads the reader was eager to follow! Couldn't stop listening!
Story of loss, love, and how healing can occur even at the darkest of moments. One of the few books I've read that handles moving back and forward in time seamlessly. Beautiful story, tied up perfectly in the end.
Wolf-sympathy for the difficult life he lead.
I loved this book. I am an avid hiker and the things that happen in this book are any hikers worst nightmare. It kept me involved and talking about the story to anyone who would listen. And I learned some new situations I need to be aware of when I am hiking.
I think the most memorable moment is the moment when everything goes wrong. When food, water, and climate work against the hikers it becomes quite the survival story. The story had me guessing the whole time.
Corey Brill brings out each character and gives them life and individuality.
I found myself finding excuses to go and finish this book as soon as I could. It was torture waiting to see what happened to the hikers and who survived the ordeal.
If you like survival stories this one is a good read. I enjoyed it very much.
The start was a bit slow, but then became mesmerizing. I loved the ending. The narrator was very good.
This was billed to me as a nail biter but it really wasn't. It was pretty slow paced, although pretty well-written, and I had pretty much decided to would/should be the one to die early on. I also didn't like that we knew in advance how many survivors there were. Took away some of the suspense. But I will say I cried when the three got rescued. So it's not like I was completely emotionally detached.
In the end, I recommend this book but I wouldn't rave about it.
This was an intense story, but there were slow spots where the narrative went into flashbacks. The characters made some terrible decisions,which became annoying. The big "reveal" at the end just didn't ring true for me. And finally, the narration wasnt the best. So, overall, a low-ish rating.
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