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The Climb Audiobook

The Climb

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Publisher's Summary

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle-based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope. Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.

©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    42Cindy Florida 05-26-16
    42Cindy Florida 05-26-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read!"

    Incredible what the human body can endure. There was much detail which I liked. I just had trouble keeping the names and people straight.

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    Danielle 03-02-16
    Danielle 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Climb very good"

    I really liked the book. I've read Into Thin Air as well and these 2 books go well together to tell the story of what happened in 1996. The Climb is much more detailed and technical. Filled in a lot of gaps that Into Thin Air didn't describe. Anatoli was a smart man and he did everything he possibly could to save others and himself that day.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Anatoli Beaukreav was an incredible man!"

    This tragedy really brought media attention to what happens on Everest and left us with so many questions of what really happened up there. it is important to read into all sides of the situation as "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer really left us wondering if Anatoli Beaukreav had done his job as a guide? After reading "The Climb" You realize what an incredible man and climber he was! His strength and perseverance is what saved many lives and without him the tragedy would've doubled in it's death toll! "The Climb" by Anatoli Beaukreav gives us a greater insight and fills in some of the puzzle pieces as to what really happened in the 1996 Everest disaster!

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    joshua ray 11-05-15
    joshua ray 11-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A very direct account of 1996 Everest Events"

    This book is told by a very factual based character. The book was written in response to John Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." It's worth the read after you read Krakauer's book.

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    Deborah 10-15-15
    Deborah 10-15-15
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    "Better off reading this one!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounds as if he is just speaking English for the first time. There are odd pauses in the narration, and sentences are chopped up. Great voice, but the narration is just off enough to make this un-enjoyable and frustrating to listen to, this is an intense story, and it needs someone who can narrate it with intensity and passion. I think part of this responsibility falls on the editing and post-production, maybe??


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    Mpd11 10-12-15
    Mpd11 10-12-15
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Climb?

    In contrast to Into Thin Air, this book has no traction at all as far as storytelling goes. It just felt like there was no plan to what was being written. To be honest I stopped it after the third chapter. The narrator was putting me to sleep.


    What could Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write better.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to return it but it's not eligible for a return. $18 mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-10-14
    Pedro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-10-14
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    "Facts instead of fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Climb to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, as i have only listened to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anatoli is a very interesting person, and undoubtedly the protagonist of an unheard of rescue above 8000 meters.


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i haven't.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the highest mountain in the world, even the smallest of mistakes can cost lives.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a serious mountaineer, or just want a facts over fiction account of what happened on Everest in 1996, then this is a must read (listen).

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    Kristen 11-05-12
    Kristen 11-05-12
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    "Great follow up to into thin air"
    What made the experience of listening to The Climb the most enjoyable?

    Easy to follow, though at times I found myself becoming easily distracted and not following the book. I think this is because of the audible style, I would have had an easier time if it was written. I am fascinated by Everest stories and read Into Thin Air and felt compelled to read this book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott Fischer, Rob hall, Great mountaineers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Following their route up everest, I could just imagine what it would be like to climb everest


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt fascinated by this book, somewhat sad at the end due to the loss of life


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janusz pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-05-12
    Janusz pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Detail and Fascinating account of 1996 Everest"
    Would you listen to The Climb again? Why?

    Climb is astonishing book as i listen to it im backing somethimes to get name or same tinny detail correct and memorized it.
    Climb power is in very detailed story of preparing step by step calculating equipment judging power of individual climbers . Called here simply clients but dont fall for that each of those clients is by over city standard power house of adventures spirt and astonishing achievement. If you want answer why this is sometimes not enough you must have this book. Stories like Into Thin Air by Joe Krakauer High Exposure by Dave Broachers or Ed Viestrus have more personal emotions and by any standards are great but Climb is completion of the events with surgical precision .
    Must to read must to have if you dont like those kind of books dont bother it will not convince you that you should because it is technical and brutal honest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Climb?

    2 pm turn around time observed from outside telescope by other expeditions Viestrus Todd Breaschears new that befote players on the scene that something is really wrong .
    No comunictation or weak at points make this event hard for observers theirs long time friends are heading for disaster and they cant reach them quick enough to be of any help. It is heart breaking!!


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Well This was attempt by Anatolii Bukrieiew to redeem himself.
    And automatically he is main lead here.
    i dont think he needed this defense he was the bravest the best preforming climber on Everest that day and proof to be hero going out time after time alone to save his friends


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was it was summary of all books i had about this tragedy


    Any additional comments?

    Must read if you like mountains dont bother if you dont brilliant account and it is power in details and logistic behind Himalaya expeditions i would never knew
    Was this careful planing enough?
    Let Everest be the Judge!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Waukee, IA, USA 08-01-05
    Gail Waukee, IA, USA 08-01-05
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    "Better than Into Thin Air"

    This book provides an alternative look into the tragedy on Mount Everest. The author, an experienced mountaineer and guide who was accustomed to climbing without oxygen, was perhaps in shape of all to tell the story of that ill fated day. Apart from the story of the tragedy and heroism of the author, the reader can gain some appreciation for the enormous challenges of high altitude climbing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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