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Out of the Silence

After the Crash
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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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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loved it!

Loved everything about it. The structure, writing, and narration were all first rate. There are other books written about these events that take a chronological approach; i enjoyed those books too, but I appreciated the personal approach structured around themes in this book.

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A Transforming Experience

This book brought so much more to me than I was expecting. Eduardo's account of his experience is amazing but it is the contents of the final chapters that spoke to me in a way I could not have anticipated.

Thank you Eduardo.

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Thoughtful book

I have read the books Alive, Miracle in the Andes, and I had to Survive. And I have been up to crash site on one of Mr. Strauch’s and Mr Peña’s annual expeditions. The experience of being trapped on the mountain clearly has affected each survivor differently. This book uses the author’s experiences on the mountain and in his life to illuminate important shared aspects of our humanity.