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The Climb Audiobook

The Climb

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The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle-based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope. Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.

©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Kindle Customer Virginia 09-22-16
    Kindle Customer Virginia 09-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Look at the Everest Disaster"

    Having previously read Into Thin Air, I was glad for a chance to read an account by another member of one of the ill fated Everest expeditions of 1996 which resulted in the single largest loss of life on the mountain. It also provided a chance to hear the point of view of an individual whose actions were maligned in the earlier book. This book is a well-written account of the events and shine a new light on just how dangerous high altitude climbing, especially of mountains over 8000 meters, really is for those who attempt such feats. There is little aid available if there is a mishap, and even less if it is something serious. Aircraft cannot rescue people at these altitudes. Lack of oxygen, even if supplemental bottles are provided, are not enough to overcome the sheer magnitude of stress on the body. Fellow climbers cannot help much as they are operating at the edge of their endurance as well. Often recovery of the bodies is not possible without putting other lives in extreme jeopardy. If you are an armchair adventurer like me, or even if you are a skilled and experienced climber, you will find the book exciting and also very sad.

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    Lee 07-01-16
    Lee 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story. Poor delivery via App"

    I've come to love Audibel and have listened to many books with zero problems until this one. Electronic delivery of the story through my App and iPhone was very poor on this one. Story kept stopping and had to be restarted causing small missed segments. This was disappointing. I have never experienced this before. Otherwise it was great. Well narrated.

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    42Cindy Florida 05-26-16
    42Cindy Florida 05-26-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read!"

    Incredible what the human body can endure. There was much detail which I liked. I just had trouble keeping the names and people straight.

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    Danielle 03-02-16
    Danielle 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Climb very good"

    I really liked the book. I've read Into Thin Air as well and these 2 books go well together to tell the story of what happened in 1996. The Climb is much more detailed and technical. Filled in a lot of gaps that Into Thin Air didn't describe. Anatoli was a smart man and he did everything he possibly could to save others and himself that day.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Anatoli Beaukreav was an incredible man!"

    This tragedy really brought media attention to what happens on Everest and left us with so many questions of what really happened up there. it is important to read into all sides of the situation as "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer really left us wondering if Anatoli Beaukreav had done his job as a guide? After reading "The Climb" You realize what an incredible man and climber he was! His strength and perseverance is what saved many lives and without him the tragedy would've doubled in it's death toll! "The Climb" by Anatoli Beaukreav gives us a greater insight and fills in some of the puzzle pieces as to what really happened in the 1996 Everest disaster!

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    joshua ray 11-05-15
    joshua ray 11-05-15
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    "A very direct account of 1996 Everest Events"

    This book is told by a very factual based character. The book was written in response to John Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." It's worth the read after you read Krakauer's book.

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    Deborah 10-15-15
    Deborah 10-15-15
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    "Better off reading this one!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounds as if he is just speaking English for the first time. There are odd pauses in the narration, and sentences are chopped up. Great voice, but the narration is just off enough to make this un-enjoyable and frustrating to listen to, this is an intense story, and it needs someone who can narrate it with intensity and passion. I think part of this responsibility falls on the editing and post-production, maybe??


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    Mpd11 10-12-15
    Mpd11 10-12-15
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Climb?

    In contrast to Into Thin Air, this book has no traction at all as far as storytelling goes. It just felt like there was no plan to what was being written. To be honest I stopped it after the third chapter. The narrator was putting me to sleep.


    What could Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write better.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to return it but it's not eligible for a return. $18 mistake.

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    Pedro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-10-14
    Pedro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-10-14
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    "Facts instead of fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Climb to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, as i have only listened to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anatoli is a very interesting person, and undoubtedly the protagonist of an unheard of rescue above 8000 meters.


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i haven't.


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

    In the highest mountain in the world, even the smallest of mistakes can cost lives.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a serious mountaineer, or just want a facts over fiction account of what happened on Everest in 1996, then this is a must read (listen).

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    Janusz pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-05-12
    Janusz pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Detail and Fascinating account of 1996 Everest"
    Would you listen to The Climb again? Why?

    Climb is astonishing book as i listen to it im backing somethimes to get name or same tinny detail correct and memorized it.
    Climb power is in very detailed story of preparing step by step calculating equipment judging power of individual climbers . Called here simply clients but dont fall for that each of those clients is by over city standard power house of adventures spirt and astonishing achievement. If you want answer why this is sometimes not enough you must have this book. Stories like Into Thin Air by Joe Krakauer High Exposure by Dave Broachers or Ed Viestrus have more personal emotions and by any standards are great but Climb is completion of the events with surgical precision .
    Must to read must to have if you dont like those kind of books dont bother it will not convince you that you should because it is technical and brutal honest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Climb?

    2 pm turn around time observed from outside telescope by other expeditions Viestrus Todd Breaschears new that befote players on the scene that something is really wrong .
    No comunictation or weak at points make this event hard for observers theirs long time friends are heading for disaster and they cant reach them quick enough to be of any help. It is heart breaking!!


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Well This was attempt by Anatolii Bukrieiew to redeem himself.
    And automatically he is main lead here.
    i dont think he needed this defense he was the bravest the best preforming climber on Everest that day and proof to be hero going out time after time alone to save his friends


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

    Yes it was it was summary of all books i had about this tragedy


    Any additional comments?

    Must read if you like mountains dont bother if you dont brilliant account and it is power in details and logistic behind Himalaya expeditions i would never knew
    Was this careful planing enough?
    Let Everest be the Judge!

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  • Rachel
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    5/3/11
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    "Breathtaking adventures"

    A great book demonstrating the best of humanity and possibly the worst of humanity. The instinct for personal survival against the instinct to help others survive...or overriding commitment to the people you are responsible for. Definitely worth reading.

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