©1997 Jon Krakauer; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
"No added dramatics are needed for the listener to imagine the high-altitude cold, fear, bravado and sense of total isolation felt by all who were trapped beyond help, as well as by those who survived. Franklin’s emulations of the multinational voices of guides, clients and Sherpas bring one still closer to the action." (AudioFile)
loved it. it was so gripping and the real life instances were very well encapsulated in this book. thanks for sharing your story !! left me with a vacuum in my heart for a few days after I finished the book .
This memorable story tells one how far the ambitions of human beings can go and how much a human being can really endure.
But, on the other hand, it shows very clearly that human beings can be so weak and fragile when confronted with the harshness of the nature elements.
I have much enjoyed the story and the performance of Philip Franklin.
worth every penny and I will listen to it many more times even though I can honestly say climbing Everest or similar mountains is something I will not have the urge to do now
This was a fantastic book. I was never really interested in Everest but once I started the book, I wanted to learn as much as could. Krakauer's account of what happened on that climb is fascinating. The route they took, the climbers, the struggle and sacrifice it takes to get to the top of the world. Unfortunately, I'm afraid the movie will disappoint.
I do love the way Krakauer writes. Somewhere on the Internet I heard someone say that his work reads more like long form journalism than regular non-fiction and I would agree with that. This book more so than his others because it's a personal account.
One thing I really like about Krakauer is that his works don't get bogged down with technical details. I find that sometimes those drawn out portions of non-fiction can be a bit alienating. However as an amateur mountaineer, it was the first time I had really been craving those details. I wanted to hear more about the camps, rope systems and weather patterns. Though that's just a personal wish, I can understand how others would be bored by that. Hearing him call Mt Rainier a demure mountain (or something like that) was a bit devastating, having recently fought my way to the top.
The performance was fine. I always find jumps between regional accents a little startling. Will definitely watch the movie in September!
Great narration. Get like I was there with the team. Incredible true story that shows the reality of climbing to the earth's summit. Sad story too but grateful to Jon for sharing the events from his perspective.
this comes across as a much better read than climbers who write books, this is an author who happens to climb. as such, it makes for a much better story. good lessons here in hubris and the compounding effect of (seemingly) insignificant actions.
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