©1997 Jon Krakauer; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
In the 4 years I have been enjoying audible books, I have never felt compelled to write a review until now. This is the most amazing story. Krakauer is modest but obviously heroic. He seems to truly regret his faults in the events while not overplaying his courage and stamina in saving several lives. Usually authors' narrations are not as good as the pros, but he does a great job. You can feel the emotion. For me it was like reading LOTR for the first time.
This being my first audio book, I'm impress of how well the author captured his experience. I was moved by his narration and felt as if I was on the journey along side them. Great book so worth listening!
I was a little late to the party on this book. It is great, very gripping start to finish, the pace reminded me of The Perfect Storm. I read John's book on Pat Tillman and it was great as well.
I gave this story 5* because I honestly believe that the gruesome truths that lie in this novel aren't for anyone. I was almost ready to put the book down for a a second because I was so appalled with the butchering that took place. Now this is coming from a 17 male who plays in a jam band and who has seen some doped people. So I've seen people, even friends, close to death so if this story can replicate the feelings of tension that I felt when I was in peril then it deserves nothing but the best.
Nearing the end of the novel I found myself scanning the lines before the audio book because I was so intent on finding what happens next. The entire rising action of the story has an Erie feel because you know that the worst is coming. Had to read for English class but would highly recommend to any mature readers out there who love a heart-wrenching true story.
What a shame. I had been wanting to know more about this climb & when my high school freshman was assigned to read it for her honors English class I jumped at the chase to read it w/her. After purchasing the audio & paperback, I QUICKLY regretted both. The bad language forced us to neither lister no read the account. My daughter ended up having to Spark Note The book.
The climbers account of this expedition could have been appreciated to its highest honor of heroism without the bad language. What a sincere shame.
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