Copyright ©1999 by David Breashears; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
I am a huge fan of audible.com so it pains me to say that this book might be better in print version for three reasons. (1)The narration is not so great (I wish Breashears had read it), (2) it's abridged (yuk), and (3) the print book has some good photos. With this said, the author has had a remarkable career in adventure filmmaking and climbing. And unlike other "Everest" books, the author give a lot of detail about his early years and how he was introduced to climbing.
Breashears played an important role in the 1996 Everest tragedy. Without doubt, his decision to share precious bottled oxygen supplies with other teams saved lives, even though doing so risked the success of the multi-million dollar IMAX expedition that Breashears was leading. His portrait of the tragedy adds valuable insight that complements accounts written by Jon Krakauer, Beck Weathers and others.
I had no problem with the narration of this book. I found the story line to flow smoothly, and it managed to maintain my interest most of the time...bogging down briefly a few times.
The section on the 1996 disaster on Everest, provides an interesting counterpoint to Krakauer's Into Thin Air.
This is a great book. I have read this book so I thought I would enjoy listening to it. It was not as good as I would have liked. It would have been better if the author had read it. I have listened to other audio books about Everest that I have enjoyed more. The main reason I did not like it was that the narrator's pronunciation was stilted on certain names. It would have been better if they were pronounced correctly.
Very good story line kept me interested from start to finish.
Ed Breashears is truly adventuress and dedicated mountaineer.
Brings in the characters very accurately.
Extreme high altitude mountaineering told by one of the best accounts I have heard.
The book was well worth reading and I enjoyed it very much. The story line involving his father just kind of abruptly ended and was not referred back to during the remainder of the book, which was odd. It almost seemed like after the book was written he was required to add filler material at the beginning of the book. Other than that it is an excellenct account of high altitude climbing.
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