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The Climb Audiobook
The Climb
Written by: 
Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
Narrated by: 
Lloyd James
The Climb Audiobook

The Climb

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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Andréas 02-09-12
    Andréas 02-09-12
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    "A must read"
    Where does The Climb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A far better book describing the events of the Everest 96 disatser than the fiction John Krakauer wrote in the book Into Thin Air.


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  • Guy
    denham, uxbridge, middlesex, United Kingdom
    6/15/07
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    "The Climb"

    This is one of the most gripping stories i have heard or read.
    I first read the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer of how this tragedy happeded, once finished i felt that the russian climber Anatoli Bourkreev seemed to not have done is job properly and was possibly to blame for a number of the eight deaths that happened that day. The worst day in Everest history. so when i found that The Climb had been written I had to know more. I am glad that i did, I belive that the climb gives a much more balanced account of what happed. Anatoli Bourkreev was an incredbly brave and strong man. There are a number of witness reports in the story to prove this, whilst Krakauers book is based on assumptions and his thoughts of what happened, Bourkreev had even helped him durring those terrible few hours He seems to have a real axe to grind. Why not listen to both and see what you think.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • R
    12/6/15
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    "A real insight into the lead up of a tragic disast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev


    Any additional comments?

    Boukreev's account of the 1996 Everest Disaster start's long before Everest itself ever comes into view and gives some fascinating insights into commercial mountaineering and the organisation that goes into expeditions such as that to Everest. Boukreev's book doesn't dwell on the history of the mountain but gives a full account of events from his perspective without trying to second-guess the actions of others. Intelligently and emotionally told, one gets a sense of the perfect storm of circumstances that led to the disaster and differing ways in which people responded. Only disappointment was that there was no afterword from friends or family following Boukreev's untimely death, leaving his story feeling like it lacked a final chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rachel L
    6/1/16
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    "Gripping story but raises questions"

    Gripping story that is told in an engaging way by an excellent reader. Could easily have been overdramatised but the simple tone works well. The content is the perfect counterpoint to Into Thin Air and my feeling is you need both to get any sense of what happened, but the lasting sense is that this is very much the story of a 'difficult man' as he himself calls it, trying to answer what he felt were unfair allegations. There is a lot of justification and references to why he wasn't on oxygen - a big criticism from John Krakauer. Really fascinating though, just leaves you with lots more questions than answers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vincent Jones
    3/24/16
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    "Stunning"

    A great insight into the obsession and bravery of those who climb at the highest level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D Dolling
    York
    12/1/15
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    "An alternate viewpoint of the Everest disaster"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For anyone interested in the Everest disaster of 1996 this is an essential read giving another viewpoint of the story to Jon Krakauer's. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle!


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

    The section where Anatoli describes his solo rescue attempt in broken english is quite moving.


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

    I felt Anatoli's struggle to rescue the other climbers and felt sad as he had to deal with the death of other member's of his party.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa Elenes
    Lake Oswego, OR USA
    10/2/12
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    "If you read Into Thin Air, you must hear this"

    Gripping and suspenseful, the story of the tragic 1996 Everest disaster that cost many people their lives as told from the point of view of one of the guides from the Mountain Madness team who survived. To note that Anatoli Boukreev is one of the best high altitude climbers of his day and his story provides an expert's insight into what happened and also commentary on the risky sport of climbing the world's tallest peaks. This story is told in part as an answer to John Krakauer's version of the event in Into Thin Air, it fills in details that Krakauer failed to or didn't wish to present in his book. It also goes beyond the just telling of the fateful Everest disaster but also tells of Anatoli's return trek to the mountain afterward. It is a fascinating listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Gainsborough, United Kingdom
    5/3/11
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    "Breathtaking adventures"

    A great book demonstrating the best of humanity and possibly the worst of humanity. The instinct for personal survival against the instinct to help others survive...or overriding commitment to the people you are responsible for. Definitely worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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