High Exposure

An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
Narrated by: Michael Gross
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest. In this extraordinary memoir, Breashears takes that perilous climb, during which 9 would tragically perish, and uses it as the linchpin of his life. As his fans will discover, there is an inextricable link between this enigmatic man's troubled childhood, his brilliant successes as a climber and cinematographer, and his courage and honor in the face of disaster.

©1999 by David Breashears (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

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Good Book (but print copy may be a better choice)

I am a huge fan of audible.com so it pains me to say that this book might be better in print version for three reasons. (1)The narration is not so great (I wish Breashears had read it), (2) it's abridged (yuk), and (3) the print book has some good photos. With this said, the author has had a remarkable career in adventure filmmaking and climbing. And unlike other "Everest" books, the author give a lot of detail about his early years and how he was introduced to climbing.

Breashears played an important role in the 1996 Everest tragedy. Without doubt, his decision to share precious bottled oxygen supplies with other teams saved lives, even though doing so risked the success of the multi-million dollar IMAX expedition that Breashears was leading. His portrait of the tragedy adds valuable insight that complements accounts written by Jon Krakauer, Beck Weathers and others.

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Very Nicely Done

I had no problem with the narration of this book. I found the story line to flow smoothly, and it managed to maintain my interest most of the time...bogging down briefly a few times.

The section on the 1996 disaster on Everest, provides an interesting counterpoint to Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

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Great Book

This is a great book. I have read this book so I thought I would enjoy listening to it. It was not as good as I would have liked. It would have been better if the author had read it. I have listened to other audio books about Everest that I have enjoyed more. The main reason I did not like it was that the narrator's pronunciation was stilted on certain names. It would have been better if they were pronounced correctly.

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Disappointed

I was looking forward to hearing this book and in the end was a little disappointed. There's no doubt that David Breashears is an accomplished mountaineer and filmmaker and I wanted to hear his perspective on the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster that left many climbers stranded on the mountain to die. What I didn't enjoy hearing was his jabs at Rob Hall. It seamed cheap and petty. I've read countless books on Everest and the 1996 tragedy in general and this is the first time I heard negativity towards Rob Hall. By all accounts, Rob Hall was a stand-up, caring and equally accomplished climber and because of his early success leading commercial expeditions on Mt. Everest he had the earned influence to be a spokesperson for others. Mr. Breashears takes a few cheap shots at Rob Hall that could have and should have been kept to himself. The book itself was otherwise exactly what I expected and pretty enjoyable. The audio quality however was terrible. It sounded as if it was recorded with a cheap microphone used in a low-end dictation machine compared to just about any other Audible book I've heard.

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Well Written and Well Read

A great book about resilience and commitment. A good read for anyone wanting to know more about mountain climbing.

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Very good book on the evolution of a mountaineer. could see the writer's perspective very well

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This is a very interesting book.

This book is very descriptive and well written, although it does start to lose inertia towards the end.

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Very Well Written

What did you love best about High Exposure?

Very good story line kept me interested from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ed Breashears is truly adventuress and dedicated mountaineer.

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

Brings in the characters very accurately.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Extreme high altitude mountaineering told by one of the best accounts I have heard.

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Worth the time

The book was well worth reading and I enjoyed it very much. The story line involving his father just kind of abruptly ended and was not referred back to during the remainder of the book, which was odd. It almost seemed like after the book was written he was required to add filler material at the beginning of the book. Other than that it is an excellenct account of high altitude climbing.