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.
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.
No. This book is a good premise with a story that leaves you high and dry. The author's offers his conclusion after his investigation--though the conclusion is contradicted by experts consulted by the author beforehand.
A strange story but this book does not offer a sensible conclusion.
No. This was more like one man's obsession with an unexplained mystery and how he internalized and acted upon his obsession. Its a story about the author and certainly does not offer an "Untold True Story" of the Incident. The various explanations for the incident itself (weather phenomena, aliens, conspiracy, etc.) are interesting but none prove very realistic. I appreciate the effort involved, but it wasn't for me nor can I recommend it
Finally I can move on to something else
I listen to alot of Books. I mean ALOT of books. If I review it, it means it must have been worth it.
This is a very strange tale and one that has many different theories, and while the book was interesting and well written, it could have been more indepth (only 6 hours) and the final conclusion the author came up with is just not believeable. It didn't ruin the book, just the ending. Still worth a listen but be prepared to have it fall flat at the end.
I was very excited to see the author was the one narrating this book. I am inspired by his dedication and impressed with his detective work and the way that he went about getting information. Thank you Donnie for putting everything on the line to solve this mystery and to bring the last day of the hikers to life.
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