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Jerry Moffatt - Revelations

Narrated by: Stewart Crank
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
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When Jerry Moffatt burst onto the scene as a brash 17-year-old, rock climbing had never seen anyone like him before. Fiercely ambitious, even as a boy Moffatt was focused on one thing: being the best in the world. This is the story of his meteoric rise to stardom and how he overcame injury to stay at the top for over two decades. 

Top sport climber, brilliant competitor, and a pioneer in the new game of bouldering, Moffatt's story is that of climbing itself in the last 30 years. Yet Jerry Moffatt is more than a dedicated athlete. Travelling the world to fulfill his dreams, his story is a compelling and often hilarious account of the climbing community with all its glories, dangers, and foibles as well as the story of a true sporting legend.

©2009 Jerry Moffatt and Niall Grimes (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

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The mindset of a great climber

Really fun story of one of the UK's best rock climbers. As a climber, and being familiar with a lot of the locations I really enjoyed it. Not sure how a non-climber would find it, due to lots of references to grades, etc. However it still gives great insight into someone with incredible dedication and tenacity to become the best in their field.
I thought the narrator did a great job. Just a shame there were several mispronunciations (e.g. arête).

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Poor narration and midly irritating climbing bio

The narration was far too self consciously 'theatrical' with irritating emphases on certain words, embarrassing clichéd accents and some unforgiveable mispronounciations. For example, 'Arate' for 'Arete' and 'Tie-rolean' for 'Tyrolean'. This does detract from the content of the original text which deserves a more thoughtful, mature and nuanced narration. As the book progressed, the competitively driven character of Moffat gave way to a different side of the man, far more self effacing and sensitive. The moments of tragedy in his life are conveyed with an emotional impact that places all else in context. The documentation of the climbing process enables you to understand Moffat. All this being said, his overbearing sense of ego does become slightly wearing and irritating. Combine all this with the badly recorded and 'amateur theatrical-style' narration and this bio left much to be desired and far more to be irritated by. A classic climbing bio? The jury's out on that one despite the several awards the book has received. It certainly complements those other recent bios of Pollit, Fawcett and Dawes, all of which convey a picture of a creative and altogether alternative era of British climbing but one which provided the foundation of all that is both good and bad in climbing today. In comparison to those other bios, this one, ghost written by Niall Grimes, fails on so many counts. An historical document perhaps but no more.

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Amazing audiobook!

A must read for every climber. It's a compiled history of climbing. Excellenty read! Made our 9 hours car trip fly by while listening to the audiobook.

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  • 09-08-19

Outstanding Climbing Sport Autobiography

Revelations, the autobiography of Jerry Moffatt is probably one of the most important climbing books of the modern era. Famously ghost written by Niall Grimes, who said of the project – Jerry’s stories only needed to be written down, rich with his storytelling and humour, the book is something very very special. Jerry Moffatt was for ten years arguably the best rock climber on the planet, throughout the 80s and early 90s he climbed the hardest routes in the best style around the world. His story is fascinating, one of talent, dedication, incredible focus, mishaps, adventures, ego and humility. Perhaps like no other sporting autobiography it really does go to the heart of what it means to be ‘the best’.
Sorry, but I can’t recommend this book enough.

In Jerry’s words after he gave up climbing.
‘When people ask me about getting back into it, I tried to explain what ‘it’ was to me. ‘It’ is working out on a campus board five days a week, twice a day, It’s doing weighted pull-ups, It’s starving myself seven days a week, watching everything I eat, and letting everything else take second place, It’s finding the hardest route in the world and going and doing it.’