©1997 Jon Krakauer; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
"As hard-edged and gripping as the peaks themselves." (Climbing)
"... the stories unwind as though the reader were front-pointing up a Himalayan serac or hanging by a nubbin in an Arizona canyon." (Snow Country)
A collection of enjoyable and sometimes funny short stories that were originally published in Outside Magazine. This book precedes Krakauer's "Into the Wild" which put Jon on the mainstream map, and of course "Into Thin Air", which is my favorite book of the past 10 years. Read by the author. Stories like these are easy to listen to several times.
If you want to be swept up into the fierce world of triumph and loss in the world of climbing look no further than Jon Krakauer. He delves into the world of climbing, talks about famous, infamous and tragic figures and places and inspires me towards the limits of my potential. Does not specifically focus on Eiger, but it and other climbs.
Krakauer is an excellent reader.
I enjoy mountaineering literature and Krakauer's books are among my favorites.
I like his understated manner of reading.
His solo journey to the Devils Thumb.
I'm retired....I love to walk, bike and "read" interesting stories.... I love discussing literature...
I would have given five stars to the story rating but somehow I couldn't make it happen on my iPhone. I'll pretty much read any book that krakauer writes.
Yes, The book is great at describing the obstacles people face when climing , struggles against nature and yourself.
Boys of Everest, Ed Viesturs K2, they are very descriptive about the journey and you get a clear picture of what it might be like.
The flow of his and description of his stories.
Yes, the final 3 minutes of the book is great.
I think it's great that he reads his own stuff.
Jon Krakauer reading his own excellent work.
Jon's attempt at climbing the Eiger.
Jon's voice makes for very good listening.
It runs through all the emotions.
Would very much like an unabridged version, read by Jon.
I got bored pretty quickly, so I don't think this book was for me. I should have picked something else.
"Great book, shame about the muffled recording"
A great mix of rescue / disaster stories and commentary on the climbing scene (s). The quality of the recording seems poor compared to other audiobooks.
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