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A personal story of survival, hope, and spiritual awakening in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

It’s the unfathomable modern legend that has become a testament to the resilience of the human spirit: the 1972 Andes plane crash and the Uruguayan rugby teammates who suffered seventy-two days among the dead and dying. It was a harrowing test of endurance on a snowbound cordillera that ended in a miraculous rescue. Now comes the unflinching and emotional true story by one of the men who found his way home. 

Four decades after the tragedy, a climber discovered survivor Eduardo Strauch’s wallet near the memorialized crash site and returned it to him. It was a gesture that compelled Strauch to finally “break the silence of the mountains.” 

In this revelatory and rewarding memoir, Strauch withholds nothing as he reveals the truth behind the life-changing events that challenged him physically and tested him spiritually, but would never destroy him. In revisiting the horror story we thought we knew, Strauch shares the lessons gleaned from far outside the realm of rational learning: how surviving on the mountain, in the face of its fierce, unforgiving power and desolate beauty, forever altered his perception of love, friendship, death, fear, loss, and hope.

©2012 by Eduardo Strauch Urioste, Mireya Soriano. Translation © 2019 by Jennie Erikson. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loving Silence

A brilliant opportunity to share real pain, struggle and triumph. We see ourselves as we are and we we ought to be in the future. Loved it.

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Excellent

I remember watching the movie Alive I realized how much you can change to stay alive. Even finding out things you thought you could never thing loss to do. I am really impressed on the story far better then the movie I saw.

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Well worth a listen

I think that you will enjoy and benefit from listening to this story. I did, very much so.

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Helps to have background info

One survivor's story of a very famous plane crash in the Andes where people survived in harrowing conditions and made difficult decisions, including cannibalism. I feel like the author writes under the assumption that we already know a lot about the incident (it was made into a movie so the assumption isn't totally unfair) and he focuses more on his impressions and spiritual development. I would have liked a little more background information on the people involved and the reasons for the crash and what was happening "back at the ranch" while the survivors waited in vain for help. If you're interested in tales of survival, this book would probably be a good supplement to other accounts of this specific crash but maybe shouldn't be the first one to read.

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A New Take on a Well-Known Story

I remember reading Alive many years ago, but this book looked at the truly, spiritually transformative results of the Andean crash. I loved Eduardo Strach's new understanding as a result of his experience.

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entralled

couldn't put the book down because it was so real as I'd I was there

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Wonderful story about survival, family and Christian faith that can and will get you through anything


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Inspiring story

A story of resilience and hope. I enjoyed listening to the narrator. The book did jump around a bit but I still enjoyed the many lessons.

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intriguing & moving

the story & performance keeps your attention. the feelings it invokes are quite stirring.

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Poignant account with very good narration. I will

Poignant account with very good narration. i will definately recommend this title to others who might have an interest.

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Enjoyable and engaging

I was initially suprised by the tone of this book - having avidly read an original account of the Andes plane crash survivors as a teenager (serialised in one of the Sunday supplements I think) I was expecting something similar i.e. more of a chronological, blow-by-blow account of events from start to finish.

However, this account has more of a spiritual slant, and whilst of course it gives some details of the unfolding of events, it focuses just as much on what the author felt he had learned, both at the time, and from later reflecting on the experience.

Nevertheless, although my initial expectations had been for a more historical account, I really enjoyed the book, and would recommend it. Praise must go to the translator Jennie Erikson for preserving what I assume was a somewhat transcendant tone in the original text.

I would say that for those seeking more depth on the historical details, you might try ''Alive" by Piers Paul Reid. There is also another book ''Miracle In The Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home'' by Nando Parrado, which is another survivor account, but gives a little more detail of the actual events than does the Eduardo Strauch/Mireya Soriano book.