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Seven Years in Tibet | [Heinrich Harrer, Richard Graves]

Seven Years in Tibet

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer's escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet.
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Publisher's Summary

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer's escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet. Settling in Lhasa, the Forbidden City, where he became a friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer spent seven years gaining a more profound understanding of Tibet and the Tibetans than any Westerner before him.

Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a best seller in the United States in 1954, and sold three million copies.

©1982 Heinrich Harrer (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It deserves its place among the few great travel stories of our times." (The Times)

"Few adventurers in this century have had the combined luck and hardihood to return with such news as this. Fewer still have rendered it so powerfully unadorned." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Some books, like some mountains, are lonely and unrivalled peaks. This is one of them." (Economist)

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    Julia Ferndown, United Kingdom 01/01/2014
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    "Brilliant first half, repetitive end."
    Would you listen to Seven Years in Tibet again? Why?

    Seven Years in Tibet was great for the first bit. It was inspiring listening to how Heinrich escaped the prison camp and the torment he and his friends went to, getting to Tibet. After that however, the book becomes a little dull and repetitive. However, I made it to the end, so worth a listen as it is so informative of the time.


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    maxianson Kent, United Kingdom 18/12/2013
    maxianson Kent, United Kingdom 18/12/2013 Member Since 2009

    working for the greater good, mother of 2 .. my best friend is an English Bull Terrier... I have recently moved to Brisbane, Oz ...

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    "Seven Years in Tibet - exceptional read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Years in Tibet to be better than the print version?

    an equal treat


    What other book might you compare Seven Years in Tibet to, and why?

    Shackleton / The Endurance .... historically correct .. both stirring inspirational accounts of survival against all odds


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all of the tale is a fabulous read


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

    of course


    Any additional comments?

    this book took me to Tibet ... the nearest I will probably get in this life .. thank you.

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    Mrs CATERHAM, United Kingdom 18/09/2013
    Mrs CATERHAM, United Kingdom 18/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another reader


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

    Too long for that


    Any additional comments?

    Just the one comment: MarK Meadows was not a good, suitable reader

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    Jacqueline Bolton, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
    Jacqueline Bolton, United Kingdom 14/04/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic a life we never see....."

    We are so convinced that Western life (fast paced focused upon the self and high achievement etc.) is the right way to live that we rarely get the opportunity to stop and think and consider our priorities in life.

    You would be very fortunate in your life if the sacred person of another culture was once your student/companion on a daily basis - you would be very fortunate.

    The intimate life of a Westerner in Tibet is a rare insight into another world another culture that is far removed from our materialistic yearnings. Come step inside and feel the desire to live a different life and pass on your worldly knowledge to another culture. A mesmerising view of another country listen and enjoy.

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    Mrs. K. M. Fitzgerald Norwich, England 07/04/2013
    Mrs. K. M. Fitzgerald Norwich, England 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012

    literature lover

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    "Travelogue With a Difference"

    Although I was attracted to this book because of its connections in the film version with the Dalai Lama, it is actually much more than this. At least half of it is about Harrer's escape from the POW camp and his journey to Lhasa and all of the difficulties that he overcame in that journey. The details about Tibetan culture - and the range of it in different areas - is fascinating to listen to. The reader's voice is a bit dry and unemotive, but it is clear and reasonably engaging. I have still given it 5 stars, because I have enjoyed the book's content so much.

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    Where does Seven Years in Tibet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top ten of true stories.


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    This is better than the movie counterpart. It really goes deeper, and the story is one that leaves you feeling. There is adventure, human development, cultural understanding, and beauty in this story.

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