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Kiss or Kill

Confessions of a Serial Climber
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Sit back and join the ride with this collection of edge-of-your-seat climbing stories by Mark Twight, aka Dr. Doom. "Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter. They were written in blood, learned by heart." (Mark Twight)

Mark Twight is a BANFF award-winner, an extreme climber, an extreme writer, and an extreme personality. No matter what he's doing, Mark Twight takes a definite, and often controversial , stand. Anyone who knows climbing knows Twight's name, and anyone who knows Twight's name will want to listen to this audiobook. Each story is told in Twight's taut, in-your-face style. Brand-new epilogues bring each piece full circle, providing updated information and fresh, hindsight perspectives.

©2001 Mark Twight (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • The Lonely Reader
  • 02-09-16

An exciting, fresh, and viciously enjoyable book

I thought I was going to get a super-technical and edgy climbing book, and was a bit skeptical when I began listening.

After a listening to a few chapters, this quickly became one of my all-time favorite mountaineering books. Mark has a way of explaining his thoughts and actions that really connects with the audience, which is rare for this genre.

I particularly loved how uncompromising this book is in its focus. The chapters are each the unfiltered author's version of articles, so they can be read in any order. They're ordered chronologically, and are also accompanied with additional author's notes. These notes act as a retrospective, and offer some new explanations and insights.

The sense of danger reminded me a bit of the passages from Savage Arena by Joe Tasker, but far more sustained. This guy has put himself in some unbelievably dangerous situations. It's rare we get to hear much from someone like this - so many of them went home to the Alps, Himalaya, or Karakoram before they were done.

The narrator has some mispronunciations with YDS grades ("5 point one one b") and place names (Nanga Parbat is one of the hardest place names for me to say, to be fair), which can be a turn off at times. He otherwise does a great job, and I really recommend this book. Lots of fun, lots of adrenaline, and an incredible amount of content packed into this book.

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  • BC
  • 05-03-15

Provocative

I read Extreme Alpinism (also by Twight) nearly every day for a year when it first came out. It really impacted my world view.
For whatever reason, it took me 15 years to get around to reading Kiss or Kill.
The writing is inspiring, abrasive, funny and sad. If you are in a place in life where you are trying to expand personal boundaries or limitations, this is a good read.
The narrator does a good job of catching the cadence and attitude of the writing, but struggles with pronunciation on climbing terms and gear names.

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  • Greg
  • 23-08-20

Truth, taken black, no sugar

I am not part of Mark's scene as he puts it. I carry different demands (thankfully) but I really appreciate his naked honesty. This is the first audiobook that has pointed out my ethical and morel concessions for the sake of being PC or getting along. This ultimately has let down my community and myself, both in the mountains and outside of them. Listing too much of this book has made me uncomfortable and left me angry at myself but in a way that has invigorated a return to stronger ethics and less passivity. This is the only audiobook I have listened to twice in a row. I have refrained from listening a 3rd time. Time to act. I'll come back in a year and see how uncomfortable I still feel. Thanks Mark

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-20

What I think of this book?

What I think of this book? What I really think of this book? Messed up!

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  • L. S. Milani
  • 05-05-20

The Worst Narration Possible

The storyline is generally overinflated and conceited. Twight had never been an important climber, but he suffers, like most other American climbers, from an accurate form of inferiority complex in exposure to the achievements of European alpinists. It is an underwhelming story, but what makes it truly abhorrent and intolerable is the utterly dreadful, repugnant, and nauseating narration. There are many awful narrators in the world of audiobooks, but this one is the indisputable king of all these agents of horror.

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  • Miguel
  • 08-11-19

Narrator needs to do his research.

It really bother sne when a "professional" book reader can't be bothered to do a bit of research on how to pronounce the names of places and people that are repeatedly mentioned in the book. I know. I'm being picky. But it really detracts from the story when you're spending an entire minute thinking of how ridiculous it sounded.

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  • Charlie Dake
  • 28-10-19

Delivers what it promises

Good book, but the narrator mightashoulda asked if he didn't know how to pronounce words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-19

Ugh.

Listening to the words written by this jerk made me feel kinda sick. Sick that this ungrateful turd is somehow propped up by society. Bleh.

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  • TS
  • 08-11-18

Motivation to throw it all away and go crush it.

Mark Twight's prose of his time in and out of the mountains will get you off your ass.

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  • Climber NY
  • 08-12-17

hell yeah

intense. engrossing. hard to stop listening from start to finish. mark doesn't care if you enjoy it or not, which makes it that much more enjoyable. I read extreme alpinism before this book and had a few doubts, but they were quickly put to rest. as a climber myself, this book is totally relate able and contains quote-able quotes with every sentence. good insight into his persona and internalizations