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Aron Ralston, an experienced 27-year-old outdoorsman, was on a days solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an 800-pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight.

Yet with the new morning came an epiphany: if he could use the rocks vise-like hold to break his arm bones, his blunted pocketknife could serve as a surgeons blade....

©2010 Simon & Schuster Audio; 2010 Aron Ralston

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  • Kacy
  • Philadelphia
  • 08-30-13

Better than the movie

If you could sum up 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In) in three words, what would they be?

I saw the film and heard some snippets of Ralston's interviews online. This made me wonder why he said he wouldn't avoid this accident if he were to do it over again. This book helped to explain what the experience has done to enrich the author's life. Although the book would do a service to readers by adding some advice on avoiding similar incidents, it's a great story from a standpoint of overcoming adversity, facing fears, "growing" spiritually/intellectually, etc. The book does not, however, provide much advice in terms of "lessons learned." I enjoyed that it was ready by Aron Ralston himself. I always like audio books that are read by their own authors; you can be pretty sure that all the voice inflections are correct interpretations of the author's tone.

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Audio and book don't match

After having already read the book the Audio does not match what the book included and was rather disappointing.

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Between a Rock and a hard place

The audio didn't even match the book 3/4 of the time, it a big disappointment, it's a good book, but the audio could at least match the book!

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  • D.
  • BURLEY, ID, United States
  • 05-10-12

Couldn't watch the movie?

It was neat to listen to the voice of Aaron retell his own story. That said, he isn't an actor, but the way it was told is true to character. I'd already read quite a bit about the story, I'd watched NBC's report with Tom Brokaw. This book made me feel like I was there in the slot with him. Small warning, about the use of the F*** word just after he gets trapped by the rock. Other than that I'd recomend it to any young reader.
If you listen to the story with the intent to criticize the author for mistakes made, or to second guess him "Well I would have done....." then you will not get the most out of this book. Rather this book can teach how amazing the will to live, and explore really is. It is an inspiring book.
I started competitive Rock Climbing in 1996, and since then have drifted between the worlds of bouldering, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and even have a few big walls, under my belt. This book is fuel to get me home.

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127 Hours

What did you love best about 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)?

Having Aron himself narrate the book was a huge positive. He brought more emotional connection to the events than another narrator would.

What did you like best about this story?

This version goes along with the revised book. It moved at a good pace (not too slow of a reading) and was clear to understand.

What does Aron Ralston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, his emotional connection to the story made it much more interesting.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I had the original copy of "Between a Rock" and this audio version skips a lot of the original text. Buyer beware if you are reading along--you will have portions that skip multiple pages of the original text (but goes along with the revised/newer edition).

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Beyond mind-blowing

No words can describe this man’s experience beyond what he has written, himself. That’s all I got. Here’s a guy who dies hard.

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  • rhl
  • San Diego, CA USA
  • 02-06-18

The Movie Didn't Tell Half the Story

The movie 127 hours didn't tell half of this story. It never showed Aron as more than some random guy with no outdoor experience who went out to the desert by himself and didn't tell anyone. It never explained his extensive professional-level climbing and mountaineering expertise, nor his search and rescue training, his successful bid to winter solo-climb all of Colorado's 14ers, and it never explored the spiritual aspect of this event. After hearing this book, as read by Aron himself, I feel as if every viewer was ripped off by the movie, and it was most unfair to Aron, himself.

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Couldn't get thru the first chapter.

After listening to Jim Dale (Harry Potter) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) , this book is just a drag. I love the movie and hoped to feel the same about the book.

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Captivating!

So descriptive, and to listen to it told in Aron's own words made this true story all the more inspiring. What a proud mother he must have!

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Good but unabridged is better

A great listen, but compared to the full book, the full story wins hands down. Abridging sacrificed much of the character development and left only the 'news' story. All that aside, still an awesome adventure book and one I will listen to again.

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  • Kate
  • 09-19-16

Excellent Story

I watched the movie and decided that I would listen to the audio book. I wasn't disappointed. Aron narrates the piece and he places you in the canyon alongside him.

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  • James N
  • 09-10-15

Amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In) to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book nor watch the film but this audio book is amazing, Aron is an inspirational person.

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A must listen!

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  • Ms. G. Sinclair
  • 01-26-18

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Aron has a natural storytelling voice. Listening to him narrate this experience encourages us, the Iistener, to journey with him through Canyonlands National Park with him . To experience the joy and the solitude with Aron. To experience the subsequent accident and entrapment as surely as though it is you, the listener, who is trapped by the chok stone. Stranger you feel not pity nor sorrow for Aron but rather hope and strength. You believe that your positive thoughts and vibes will aid this young man in to finding a way to free himself from the rock and help him return to the ones he loves. This is not a tale of a hero but simply that of a young man who's passion for the outdoors has lead him to this place. An extreme situation and an even more extreme solution.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-17

decent

Loved the film so decided to check out the book and NOT OH BOY IT WAS RIVETTING!

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  • charlene
  • 03-06-16

inspirational..marvellous...

A survival story like no other, couldn't stop listening. a truly magnificent story told with such passion and I truly felt enlightened by the end. everyone could learn something from his experience.