One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.
This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.
In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead.
Krakauer's audiobook is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads his listeners to ponder timeless questions.
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I'm relatively new to audio books but this is definitely the best so far. Starts of with historical information about the mountain and the stories of other people that have been up to the top of Everest or attempted it, which is a nice build up to the events which happened in 1996.
Nearly listened to the whole thing in one sitting but got through it on the second attempt.
great story . seemed over critical of himself .
loved the honesty of it
the narrator delivers well . even the accents are passable
. a great balance to the Hollywood film
A compelling account of an event that made world headlines. This story manages to take a complex disaster and break it down to a personal , (sometimes) understandable, terrible series of accidents, bad decisions and regrets . I recommend this book to any one even half interested in Everest and some of the people who want to climb it. It lead me to research the characters further to see where some of the survivors are now.
However This book was let down by the audio editing which in at least 3 places repeated a line of narration. Irritating!!!!
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Very interesting thought provoking a true story of goals and glory ,
Apart from a couple of editing errors ( you can't miss them , you can't miss them ) that's a clue, a sad but unavoidable story of the power of nature
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In a world of guided tours of major peaks accessible to those who can afford it, it would be easy for the "Walter Mitty's" of the wanna climb Everest brigade to think it's pretty easy to tick this off a bucket list.
Thank you Jon Krakaeur for this amazing book and for pointing out quite the opposite. This isn't just a book about the tragic events of an expedition the author undertook himself, but is about the difficulties of mountain climbing generally. The effects of altitude sickness, the weather conditions, difficulties climbing in low Oxygen levels, all explained and fascinating to read about.
Even getting to base camp is a difficult trek and pretty challenging in itself.
I'd read this book as a real book many moons again and have enjoyed re reading years later as an audiobook. I've positively devoured this; a real page turner and the presentation is without fault.
Jon Krakauer has struggled to come to terms with the tragic events and he discusses this too in the book. So much included about loss, guilt and trying to find a way somehow to move on post tragedy.
Quite simply a brilliant listen.
Not my ordinary choice but was a daily deal & it was not disappointing.
I've read all of Ranulph Finnes books & they do to a certain extent read like advertising literature.
This however was an honest, warts and all book. Dealing with emotions, difficult decisions, determination, situations all in an honest and pragmatic way.
I admire the author for this.
The narration was well suited to the book.
I was rather glad that I hadn't watched the film, before listening to this. I found it a fascinating glimpse into the driven nature of those who feel compelled to attempt these extraordinarily physically demanding accents, in such daunting conditions!
I, in common with other reviewers, found the repetition of a number of sentences throughout the book extremely distracting. Poor editing!
I watched the 2016 blockbuster film about the '96 disaster, and as per usual the audiobook is better. Great story, great performance (although the audio track did repeat itself for 20 seconds half a dozen times). Well worth a listen
This is a fantastic account by Krakauer with clear narration that was easy to follow. The story is heartbreaking and well written, I can't fathom how difficult the 1996 disaster must have been for everyone involved.
Fantastic story which works hard to make you understand the gravity of a decision to take on Everest and the risks involved. Entirely friendly to those not into climbing (as I'm not) and truly gripping at times. The recording is a bit janky however, with some sections repeating themselves.
"A gripping story told with honesty & understanding"
A very powerful story of a tragedy on Everest which the author witnessed first hand. Difficult to put down. Very well written. Jon suffered from strong guilt after the event which although I understand was entirely unjustified. He could not have done more in his condition. When my late wife died she sent messages back to ask me to stop grieving as it was holding her back. Bodies die not people and the departed are very understanding and prefer us to get on with our lives and drop our guilt. I hope Jon has now done that - it would make the climbers on Everest who died happy.
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