Jonathan B.

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  • Shattered Air

  • A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
  • By: Bob Madgic, Adrian Esteban
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me on the edge of my seat

  • By T. Chambless on 08-16-08

Good story, but excessive detail.

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Reviewed: 04-17-16

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this book. Unfortunately, the story was overshadowed by an overwhelming amount of unnecessary detail that did not add anything to the understanding or enjoyability of the plot (ex. detailing the accounts of climbers that were never involved in the accident and never mentioned again after the initial introduction). I consistently found myself saying "Just get on with it already!" Good enough to read once but too aggrivating to read a second time.