What is the best way for the average person to authentically experience the world's greatest mountain range - the Himalayas? Fortunately, there is now a good answer. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is the most popular footpath in Asia. Its genius lies in its design. Trekkers wind their way around and along some of the world's greatest peaks, ultimately getting near 18,000 feet, without ever having to do any 'technical climbing'. This Circuit is widely considered one of the world's great treks, and mortals from all around the world are coming to Nepal for the unique chance to 'get high'. Bill Walker ('Skywalker') struggled his way through the Annapurna Circuit in 2012. He has written this entertaining tale of his journey in this land of Sherpas, cold, altitude, and rushing water.
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It was an easy and compelling listen, held my attention, and had a quality of tolerance and appreciation for the place and people. And, the author has a great sense of humor.
It made the trek come alive and made me want to go and do it myself.
His style of reading was expressive and easy to keep on listening to, and.had a nice liveliness to it.
Great book. I would highly recommend it, especially to anyone who likes to hike!
As an amateur adventurer I love being able to learn and experience other people's adventures. This has been on my bucket list and I will do it after reading the book. I did Everest base camp so I could compare routes, stories, etc.
His totally amateur perspective!
I love Skywalkers books and hope he does the continental divide trail so I can read about it.
HOWEVER the audiobook is extremely difficult to listen to. Bill has an extremely wet mouth and you can hear copious amounts of saliva spewing and bubbling in his mouth. I just wanted to tell him to swallow or wipe his mouth. And to avoid so many words starting with P. I can't be the only one who is disturbed by this.
This is my third Bill Walker book. My favorite is Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail. I had a lot of fun listening to that particular book but I am also partial to stories about the PCT. I also really liked Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail. I really enjoyed this book too and due to the nature of where it was, it was quite different from the first two books. While I have read many books on mountain climbing in Nepal, this is my first book about The Annapurna Circuit. I found it interesting the experiences Bill had, particularly since he really wasn't well planned out when he went to Nepal. I'm not quite as adventurous, I'd have hired guides but that's why I read Bill's books. He is a great storyteller and he doesn't take himself too seriously. If you like outdoor adventure narratives you will surely enjoy this one. I will definitely be getting his book about El Camino de Santiago next. I hope Bill will embark on an adventure to climb Kilamanjaro.
Annoyance that the reader cared so little about his performance that he didn't bother to learn how to pronounce names and places correctly.
The story is mostly about the author's inner feelings and little about the country he was hiking. I have visited this area many times and was disappointed with the presentation. As a general rule, do not buy books read by the author (Stephen King is an exception).
If I ever make it to the circuit in Nepal I'll be sure to use a reputable trekking company...glad Bill is out there making all the mistakes for us and then writing entertaining books for us to read.
Walker does a great job of giving the reader not just the high points of the journey, but also the frustrations and difficulties. I enjoyed this listen and the author's candid style. Listened to the whole thing in one day.
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