©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)
This book is narrated by the author. The pace is good and the recording is good. First person perspective. I have been intrigued by Everest and the author gives some nice details about the climb in general. He also gives some good background about the world's highest mountains and the climbing culture. The group he climbed with were a bunch of characters and he tells interesting anecdotes about most of them. I listened to the book twice.
The fact that the author is reading his own book was definitely a bonus. Despite not having access to the map of Everest, I was sucked into this book and enjoyed every minute of it.
In my years of audible.com use (back to 98) I have to say this is the book I recommend to friends the most. It is just a must read/listen. It grips you and holds you and sticks with you for years. This is the only audio book I re-listen to - almost on a yearly basis. It is a story of triumph and loss. It turned me into an Everest buff.
Get this book. You will love it. You will learn from it.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
For us couch potatoes who drive to the corner grocery store, this book shows you how far some people will take themselves "just because it's there". Excellent all around: prose, plot, narrative, reader.
This is the first Everest Saga that I have read. It has left me wanting to find more to read and listen to. When I had finished I was sure that I had heard an honest description of what had happened. It is interesting to follow the stories of others who were mentioned, try to change what happened to releive themselves of any feelings of responsibility.
Many of the books I have listened to so far have kept my interest, but none so far match the intensity of this book. At times, I sat in my driveway with the car running waiting for the chapter to finish... You will not be disappointed.
True and descriptive. you know the end, but cant believe it even then
man versus nature
sound quality was not the best
This was the first book I ever listened to on tape, that didn't have a ding to tell me to turn the pages. It took some time to get into the rythym of the author reading the book, but we found ourselves driving around the block to get to the end of chapters. It is a compelling story.
The book is great.
The recording seemed to have "skips" where it would repeat about 10 seconds twice, randomly.
Also, why does the South African sound like Dracula?
This was my first audiobook and despite not exactly loving the narration the story overcame its shortcomings.
Having trekked around the Himalayas and fantasizing what it must be like in the alien world above 8000 meters this book provides an unflinching glimpse into the hardship and wonders of that realm.
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