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The Boys of Everest | [Clint Willis]

The Boys of Everest

This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it?
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Publisher's Summary

This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it?

Based on interviews with surviving climbers and others, as well as five decades of journals, expedition accounts, and letters, The Boys of Everest provides the closest thing to an answer that we will ever have. It offers riveting descriptions of what Bonington's Boys found in the mountains, as well as an understanding of what they lost there.

©2006 Clint Willis; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A dramatic and romantic look at the greatest generation of climbers." (Library Journal)
"[A] gripping adventure saga...of life spent teetering on the edge of the abyss." (Publishers Weekly)
"A death-haunted saga of the scalers of heaven...the same class and caliber (as) Into Thin Air." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Andy Leicester, United Kingdom 25/03/2014
    Andy Leicester, United Kingdom 25/03/2014 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boys of Everest to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version. As its a very busy life its certainly easier to listen rather than read.


    What other book might you compare The Boys of Everest to, and why?

    Other mountaineering books as they are about mountains and why people choose to risk their lives climbing them


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

    No havent listened to any of the others and the performance does its job by telling the story without being distracting


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

    Its a story of triumph in adversity but also the tragedy that mistakes and bad luck costs lives.


    Any additional comments?

    The purely fanciful speculation of how the climbers felt in their last moments is a pointless distraction and begs the question why do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David easingwoldUnited Kingdom 24/12/2007
    David easingwoldUnited Kingdom 24/12/2007
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    "great book, shame about the reading"

    exciting and insightful...it made me feel as though I was being introduced to the people involved and learned about them as individuals....I began to understand 'why' and also 'how'. This was despite nearly terminating the book several times due to the appalling reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Presteigne, Powys, United Kingdom 15/12/2007
    Nigel Presteigne, Powys, United Kingdom 15/12/2007
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    "so good it gives you vertigo"

    As a non-climber I wondered if I would enjoy this book, but I really really did. Well written, some of it in prose style, rather than just a dry factual account, it transports you to the cold, dangerous and wind bitten faces of the worlds great mountains. It makes you wonder why they do it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzanne
    Middleburg, VA, United States
    23/05/11
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    "Beautifully read by James Adams"

    This exhaustive tome sustained me on a cross-country trip. With sustained moments of poetic description that suits mountaineering perfectly, it details everything you ever wanted to know about Chris Bonnington's climbing life--except its context in his life outside climbing. I found the lack of contextual information in this otherwise methodically-researched book increasingly frustrating as this audiobook unfolded over 15 plus hours. We learn everything about the lives of Bonnington's Boys in the mountains, including their unique spiritual journeys and fates, but the disconnect with their "worldly" responsibilities in their everyday lives is too jangling. The result is too much hero worship of characters whose flaws we sense but cannot ever really grasp.

    That said, thre's nothing lovelier than James Adams's soothing, authoritative voice with its appropriate upper class English accent. If you like great recordings of nonfiction, this should go on your list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Harrisonville, MO, USA
    17/07/09
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    "Compelling"

    Facinating study of the evolution of the British Climbing establishment. Although the descriptions of some of Bonington's actual expeditions are certainly interesting, the real attraction of this book is the interaction between the key players and how their different, yet similar experiences on the highest peaks in the world shaped climbing and mountaineering into what it is today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie A. Archibald
    usa
    02/06/09
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    "Dull"

    The narrator does not add to an already dry story. I love mountain stories but found this to be too full of details, dull and anticlimatic. I got through 3/4 of the book and wished I would have given up earlier.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bradley
    ROSEVILLE, CA, United States
    10/04/13
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boys of Everest the most enjoyable?

    I thought this was an excellent book, it took you through the lives of Chris Bonington and a group of climber as they grew up and became mountaineers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail


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

    my first


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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