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Beyond the Mountain

Narrated by: Steve House
Series: Patagonia
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Summary

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.

Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steve and Vince the first Piolet d'or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.

Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping listen, destined to be a mountain classic. And it addresses many issues common to nonclimbing life - mentorship, trust, failure success, goal setting, heroes, partnership - as well as the mountaineer's heightened experience of risk and the deaths of friends. Beyond the Mountain is a window into the process of a man working to be the best he can be.

©2013 Steve House (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Narrator ruins potentially great book

Narrator in the book just killed it sadly, could not get through it at all despite loving the subject

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Have listened countless times

Full of detailed action. Is full of raw detail and you share every action and moment with him.
None of the frills of others. It’s just straight talking.
Epic

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Inspirational

Must read for any Mountain enthusiast. Listened twice.
Thanks for sharing your great stories Steve.

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  • Bharath
  • 02-05-18

A life-changing book

As a beginner mountianeer, this book was perfect. Steve House is a true alpinist. He doesn't climb popular peaks or self-promote; he climbs for himself and for no one else. He climbs for the sake of climbing and he does it the right way - no fixed ropes, bolts, or porters. His story and perspective of life, challenge, success, and failure is inspiring... it's no coincidence that the book's foreword is written by Reinhold Messner himself.

Along with soloing K7 and climbing Nanga Parbat, he does mortal human things: he drops a boot, loses a rope, forgets his stove, and pukes way too often, all while hanging on ledges thousands of feet in the air.

Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • helen
  • 24-01-18

Not all authors are voice actors-

Such amazing accomplishments and adventures. Might have been more engaging if it were read by a professional, but the story itself is really incredible!

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  • Nicholas S
  • 25-09-17

I'm at a loss, really

At first I thought Mr. House needed a professional narrator, but then I realized how much more I was getting his personality by hearing him instead of someone else.

All the tales are gripping. Many are tragic, and Steve doesn't seem to hold anything back pertaining to other details. This was some great writing by one of the best professionals of the mountains!

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  • irene
  • 09-02-19

Awful reading good story

The narration is awful! But awesome book.
I wish they had a pro narrator instead.

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  • Frank
  • 24-06-17

4 times in a row

Would you listen to Beyond the Mountain again? Why?

I enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it 4 times in a row. I have climbed for 25 years and took a few off. This book has made me want to get back out again. The mountains are calling...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Mountain?

There are many special moments in this book. The books discussion of whether or not to solo, and knowing that even the best have to improvise to make up for "mishaps."

Which character – as performed by Steve House – was your favorite?

Steve House

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

I laughed when at time that it reminded me of my own experiences. Crying only came at times that surprised me, not at death but compassion.

Any additional comments?

I am sure I will be listening to this again. I have at least 60 books on audio and I have only listened to 3 others more that once and none other, that I have listened to 3 times.

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  • Victoria Casey
  • 03-04-19

astonishing

The first thing I love about this book is that it's narrated by the author. Therefore, House is able to demonstrate to the reader accents and emotions in the Raw. This book really pulls on your heartstrings and demonstrates humbleness and bluntly honest accounts in Houses' mountaineering history. I didn't even realize that House was narrating his own book until the very end. However throughout the book I began to realize that the author was relaying extreme emotions that another person couldn't demonstrate. I am extremely thankful to have been able to experience House recounting his own stories live. As an adoring fan, I have eternal gratitude.

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  • Brian
  • 19-12-18

Great book, okay narration

Steve house is an incredible climber, and his stories are amazing. But his narration could be a little better. Still a great listen

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  • Aaron1
  • 30-10-18

Great listen

Moved and heartbroken. Inspired and terrified. I shed more than one tear for Steve's lost friends. What a great story told in a captivating way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-18

Great listen!

Excellent book- I appreciate the narration by House- the real deal, not an actor.
Please clean up the title page on web site- keeps saying it was written by Messner, when of course House is the author.

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  • Ryan M Latham
  • 30-04-18

Inspiring and thought provoking

This is a great book. You don’t have to be a world class Alpinist or even a climber to enjoy this book. If you love the mountains, pushing any type of boundary, or just a good old adventure, this book is for you. I especially enjoyed Steve’s narration. I felt it added that much more to the story, giving greater emphasis and humor than someone who never lived these events.