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The Climb Audiobook

The Climb

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...
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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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    Guy denham, uxbridge, middlesex, United Kingdom 15/06/2007
    Guy denham, uxbridge, middlesex, United Kingdom 15/06/2007
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    "The Climb"

    This is one of the most gripping stories i have heard or read.
    I first read the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer of how this tragedy happeded, once finished i felt that the russian climber Anatoli Bourkreev seemed to not have done is job properly and was possibly to blame for a number of the eight deaths that happened that day. The worst day in Everest history. so when i found that The Climb had been written I had to know more. I am glad that i did, I belive that the climb gives a much more balanced account of what happed. Anatoli Bourkreev was an incredbly brave and strong man. There are a number of witness reports in the story to prove this, whilst Krakauers book is based on assumptions and his thoughts of what happened, Bourkreev had even helped him durring those terrible few hours He seems to have a real axe to grind. Why not listen to both and see what you think.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R 06/12/2015
    R 06/12/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "A real insight into the lead up of a tragic disast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev


    Any additional comments?

    Boukreev's account of the 1996 Everest Disaster start's long before Everest itself ever comes into view and gives some fascinating insights into commercial mountaineering and the organisation that goes into expeditions such as that to Everest. Boukreev's book doesn't dwell on the history of the mountain but gives a full account of events from his perspective without trying to second-guess the actions of others. Intelligently and emotionally told, one gets a sense of the perfect storm of circumstances that led to the disaster and differing ways in which people responded. Only disappointment was that there was no afterword from friends or family following Boukreev's untimely death, leaving his story feeling like it lacked a final chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Jones 24/03/2016
    Vincent Jones 24/03/2016 Listener Since 2011
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    "Stunning"

    A great insight into the obsession and bravery of those who climb at the highest level.

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    D Dolling York 01/12/2015
    D Dolling York 01/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "An alternate viewpoint of the Everest disaster"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For anyone interested in the Everest disaster of 1996 this is an essential read giving another viewpoint of the story to Jon Krakauer's. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle!


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

    The section where Anatoli describes his solo rescue attempt in broken english is quite moving.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt Anatoli's struggle to rescue the other climbers and felt sad as he had to deal with the death of other member's of his party.


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    Melissa Elenes Lake Oswego, OR USA 02/10/2012
    Melissa Elenes Lake Oswego, OR USA 02/10/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "If you read Into Thin Air, you must hear this"

    Gripping and suspenseful, the story of the tragic 1996 Everest disaster that cost many people their lives as told from the point of view of one of the guides from the Mountain Madness team who survived. To note that Anatoli Boukreev is one of the best high altitude climbers of his day and his story provides an expert's insight into what happened and also commentary on the risky sport of climbing the world's tallest peaks. This story is told in part as an answer to John Krakauer's version of the event in Into Thin Air, it fills in details that Krakauer failed to or didn't wish to present in his book. It also goes beyond the just telling of the fateful Everest disaster but also tells of Anatoli's return trek to the mountain afterward. It is a fascinating listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Gainsborough, United Kingdom 03/05/2011
    Rachel Gainsborough, United Kingdom 03/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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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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  • David Floyd
    22/06/07
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    "Good but a little stale"

    This book does a great job presenting the facts, but it's more of detailed listing of actions rather then an description of the experience. It depends on what you're looking for. If you want the black and white facts this book is for you. If you're looking for an adventure novel you'll be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bob Ellis
    Nederland, CO USA
    26/01/04
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    "Counterpoint to"

    I have read both "The Climb" and "Into Thin Air". To really appreciate the disaster and heroics of 1996 on Mt. Everest you must read both books.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sona Vavrouskova
    16/03/15
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    "Must read to understand 1996 Everest disaster."

    Following the 1996 Everest story,reading the book from John Krakauer "Into thin air" this book "The Climb" is must to read as follow up to complete the story with Anatoli witness of situation at Everest that year.With hearing the story from other side as well ,then just from John Krakauer ,who was client at other expedition, from person who was one of the main character of the Scott Fisher expedition ,from Anatoli Boukreev.This book is certainly must to read ,for anyone who is interested to know more details and information about 1996 Everest disaster . In my opinion ,following the story,Anatoli was very strong man ,physically or mentally.He was hero,who was willing to risk his life and did everything he could ,to help those other stranded climbers ,from his and other team as well ,at that big high mountain that day.
    Hope he rest in peace !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Arnelöf
    Stockholm, Sweden
    08/06/15
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    "If you REALLY want to know what happend, read this book!"

    I've read Krakouer's book and after his I read this one on the same subject. I thought I had got it rather ok firstly but some stuff didn't sound logical to me. It did'nt add up. After reading this book I actually got it. Things made more sense. Boukareev, a true hero, shares his own words on what happend during the disaster 1996 and also describes what a sorry circus climbing mount Everest now has become. This brave man should be heared. I wish there were more genuine climbers out there with both the right intentions and true a heart, like Boukareev. May he now rest in peace!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    Portsmouth, RI, USA
    02/03/07
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    "Great book"

    The only thing I didn't like about the narration was that the person would say the person's name before quoting them. This was done quite often. Although it makes it obviously clear who is being quoted, it was done way too much in the book. I found myself saying Anatoli throughout the book and it would get stuck in my head like a bad song throughout the day.

    This book is very, very good. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the adventure survival type books. I would've given this book five stars if the narration style was changed. I will listen to it again, regardless.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Hixson, TN, USA
    03/09/07
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    "Not the best of the stories"

    I had read "into Thin Air" and wanted to know more about the climb described in that book. Simply, this book is not as interesting. Not horrible, but just not the best of the choices

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • James Gordon
    New York, NY
    28/12/04
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    "Over the Top"

    Sorry, but the author's fascination with detail became annoying to me after a couple of hours. I learned more about facts than I did about feelings, and if you're after that then this is the book for you. Not my thing.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 42Cindy
    Florida
    26/05/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    02/03/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/12/15
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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