Beyond the Mountain

Narrated by: Steve House
Series: Patagonia
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)

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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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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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Awful reading good story

The narration is awful! But awesome book.
I wish they had a pro narrator instead.

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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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Please no more Steve House narration

I can’t even get through the first chapter. I’ve tried twice. Mr House sounds like he’s juggling a marble with his tongue while he’s reading.... Can I get my credit refunded???

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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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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

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Excellent, informative, honest

I loved this book. As one who has been bingeing on mountaineering books almost exclusively throughout the pandemic, I am delighted to add this one to the list, and think it is one of the absolute best. House is honest about his passion for climbing and the effects that passion has had on his personal life. He's a great writer, and provides just the amount of detail about the snow, ice, rock, and heights that the reader craves. He's the only mountaineering writer I've come across so far who makes a point of explaining how hard the losses of life are on the immediate families of those who die. He doesn't mince words, and doesn't skimp on the realities. I really admire his writing and hope to read more of his work.

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It has its good moments

Overall a good book if you enjoy Alpine narratives, but if this is your first foray into the world of mountain climbing, look for a different place to start.

On the surface, having the author narrate seems like a great idea, but often the reading becomes flat and would-be exciting moments are rendered lifeless.

This is a good story and goes into some of the often not talked about difficulties with the Alpine lifestyle, but it wasn't until the middle of the book that I finally became engrossed in what was going on. The induction was either too long or didn't do a good enough job setting the stage for me to visualize the scene.

The final problem is that the dates and times jump around. It wouldn't be an issue in written form because you could flick back and see the dates, but in audio, not having things in chronological order makes it tough to keep track of the events.

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I dig it!

Love this one! I wish the narrator took a tad more time familiarizing himself with the lingo, but perhaps I'm just nitpicking. The stories House tells in this are great recounts of his adventures. Cool to hear his perspective on some of these climbs!

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  • James Bryan
  • 09-15-19

Narrator ruins potentially great book

Narrator in the book just killed it sadly, could not get through it at all despite loving the subject

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-18

Have listened countless times

Full of detailed action. Is full of raw detail and you share every action and moment with him.
None of the frills of others. It’s just straight talking.
Epic

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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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  • 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.