In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.
©2013 Donnie Eichar (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Whoa. You will never in a million years see this coming. Fascinating true mystery - if you like those things (I do!), you'll love this. Only downside is the author's rotten narration - almost made me give up, he's so monotone. But the story is worth it - hang in there. I still see the hikers in my mind and can't imagine how terrifying their last night must have been.
I chose this book because I wanted to find out what happened to this group of hikers. The incident is a well-known and controversial story in Russia, and how the hikers died has never been satisfactorily, or conclusively, explained. I found this intriguing.
At first, the narrator's amateurish non-performance bothered me. As the story gathered momentum, I decided his "just the facts" reading highlighted the weirdness of the hikers death in a way a hyped up "performance" by a narrator could not. In addition, I liked the way the author approached the mystery of the hikers death as Sherlock Holmes did-by eliminating all possible scenarios until only one is left. Although the final scenario is not conclusive, I agree with the author it is both plausible (although highly unusual), and the only scenario that fits all of the available evidence.
I recommend this book to those who like an offbeat and unusual mystery that remains unsolved to this day.
The genre is real, unsolved, events. Highly unusual deaths. Mysteries that have remained unsolved for many years.
I found it a compelling read. I wanted to know what happened to the hikers and why.
I recommend pushing through the first few chapters to get used to the narrator. I've been spoiled by the highly professional performances now available in audio books. In the end, I felt the book was worth the listen.
Eichar gives a brilliant narrative. By focusing on the lives of the victims, we see that they were normal people. It helps one understand the complete tragedy of the event. He arrives at a very well-researched and plausible hypothesis as to what may have actually happened. It's clear that Eichar has a genuine passion for understanding this baffling mystery.
I was fascinated by this story, even before I read the book. I didn't have a great understanding of the facts, and the author does a great job at laying out facts, and keeps the story line intact. To that point, I thought in many instances the author could have delved deeper into narratives, individual bios, etc. I also would have loved to have heard more on the other, more wilder explanations, and he does cover this briefly towards the end of the book. I just honestly think some of those would have been very interesting to hear about in-depth.
He has a pretty dry narrative style, almost a monotone at times.
I looked up the facts quite a bit while I was listening to the book, searching for images, clues, etc.
I like weird stuff...The creepier the better!
A well researched book about an incident I have always found fascinating. The author does a great job telling the timeline of events.
His summation at the end gives the most plausible accounting of the incident I have seen.
Yes....and I listened to the book in one day! I worked late so that I could hear the ending.
The author does a nice job narrating the book.
This is the story of a group of hikers who perish on a mountain in the old USSR, under very strange circumstances. I thought the author gave a pretty cogent description of events and, at the end,a good explanation for it. It sounded believable to me, anyway. But, since then, I have heard a different theory from a climber who probably knows a thing or two about mountains. This story truly is a mystery. It was also interesting to learn more about life in Russia during that time. I really liked the narrator's voice - it's not always good when authors read their own books.Overall, 3.5 to 4 stars for me.
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A better author.
Only if he was reading another book.
This was the most boring book ever. Dead Mountain could not be any more dead than this book. Repetitive and completely hypothetical. A total waste of time and money on this book.
I was expecting a book about the hikers and the events leading up to the fateful end, but instead got nearly an entire book about the author's efforts to uncover the mystery. There was a brief passage at the end hypothesizing the unfortunate end to the hikers journey. It felt more like I was listening to a scientific report not a book intended to inform and entertain. Not disappointed enough to request a refund, but I won't be looking for any other books by this author.
So many times a true story written in the first person is read by someone else. eichar is easy to listen to and his story is amazing.
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