©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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.
Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev
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.
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!
The section where Anatoli describes his solo rescue attempt in broken english is quite moving.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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.
"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!
"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 !
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.
"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.
"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
"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!
"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.
"Better off reading this one!"
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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