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Publisher's Summary

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.

Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steve and Vince the first Piolet d'or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.

Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping listen, destined to be a mountain classic. And it addresses many issues common to nonclimbing life - mentorship, trust, failure success, goal setting, heroes, partnership - as well as the mountaineer's heightened experience of risk and the deaths of friends. Beyond the Mountain is a window into the process of a man working to be the best he can be.

©2013 Steve House (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A life-changing book

As a beginner mountianeer, this book was perfect. Steve House is a true alpinist. He doesn't climb popular peaks or self-promote; he climbs for himself and for no one else. He climbs for the sake of climbing and he does it the right way - no fixed ropes, bolts, or porters. His story and perspective of life, challenge, success, and failure is inspiring... it's no coincidence that the book's foreword is written by Reinhold Messner himself.

Along with soloing K7 and climbing Nanga Parbat, he does mortal human things: he drops a boot, loses a rope, forgets his stove, and pukes way too often, all while hanging on ledges thousands of feet in the air.

Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not all authors are voice actors-

Such amazing accomplishments and adventures. Might have been more engaging if it were read by a professional, but the story itself is really incredible!

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I'm at a loss, really

At first I thought Mr. House needed a professional narrator, but then I realized how much more I was getting his personality by hearing him instead of someone else.

All the tales are gripping. Many are tragic, and Steve doesn't seem to hold anything back pertaining to other details. This was some great writing by one of the best professionals of the mountains!

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4 times in a row

Would you listen to Beyond the Mountain again? Why?

I enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it 4 times in a row. I have climbed for 25 years and took a few off. This book has made me want to get back out again. The mountains are calling...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Mountain?

There are many special moments in this book. The books discussion of whether or not to solo, and knowing that even the best have to improvise to make up for "mishaps."

Which character – as performed by Steve House – was your favorite?

Steve House

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

I laughed when at time that it reminded me of my own experiences. Crying only came at times that surprised me, not at death but compassion.

Any additional comments?

I am sure I will be listening to this again. I have at least 60 books on audio and I have only listened to 3 others more that once and none other, that I have listened to 3 times.

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Thoughtful and reflective

Steve House has survived adventures of the most extreme grades and qualities and his stories even downplayed are extreme. Whenever I read Mark Twight’s insane adventures and Steve House was on the team, it was going to be wild.

I like hearing Steve’s voice reading the dialogue and different accents of his friends too. He has an interesting way of jumping to a sketchy, heinous situation starving and haggard, high on a mountain and then rewinding and juxtaposing his team motivated, young and fresh just hours or days earlier. As a visual learner (listening on my short, busy drive to work) I found it took a lot of concentration to remember the date and time of a previous section I may have listened to a day prior. I always crave more climbing details that get filtered out because the average person won’t understand it, but that’s how how climbing books work.
This book is heavier on the why and contemplation of climbing and lower on the stories than I was wishing for, but is an interesting insight into the brutally strong willpower of someone who has led a climbing life similar to a special forces member gambling his life for a mysterious and possibly non-existent reason. It’s the kind of perspective you’d expect from that kind of lonely path traveled.

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I wanted to like this book

... because the guy sounded like he had a lot of passion (hence four stars for Performance) but the three reasons why I could not finish this audio book is as follows:

1. Overly flowery words made the the story sound amateurish
2. I could not get into the narrator's voice, which took many influences from valleyspeak or west coast accents
3. Just boring. To much time on people's breaths and the sky and not on the action.

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Great listen!

Excellent book- I appreciate the narration by House- the real deal, not an actor.
Please clean up the title page on web site- keeps saying it was written by Messner, when of course House is the author.

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Inspiring and thought provoking

This is a great book. You don’t have to be a world class Alpinist or even a climber to enjoy this book. If you love the mountains, pushing any type of boundary, or just a good old adventure, this book is for you. I especially enjoyed Steve’s narration. I felt it added that much more to the story, giving greater emphasis and humor than someone who never lived these events.

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A professional narrator please!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, not with the Audiobook format. The narrator's performance is a turn off. Couldn't get past the 20 minutes mark...

What did you like best about this story?

I wish I could have kept listening but couldn't.

What didn’t you like about Steve House’s performance?

Lack of energy, spelling clearly seems to be quite a challenge

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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good book, good narrator

timeline is a little erratic but flows well. enough climbing jargon to feel a part of what is going on for a complete outsider. written from the heart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-18

Brilliant

What I’ve been looking for in a climbing book.
Good narrator, very appropriate
Gripping story without the frills of others

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  • Ian
  • 03-16-18

Inspirational

Must read for any Mountain enthusiast. Listened twice.
Thanks for sharing your great stories Steve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

Loved it.

Spoke by Steve himself. Loved every part of it. Gripping story, brutal honesty and indepth descriptions of the emotional and physical battles that define an alpinist.

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  • rohan hughes
  • 11-15-17

Great story, got a little bogged down at times

Steve has a great story to share with everyone, I enjoyed the book. my only criticism is that he should have got a professional narrator to read the book.