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The Push

Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain.

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route.

Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.

Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges: in his early 20s, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife and main climbing partner left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan's biggest, steepest, blankest face: the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone.

©2018 Tommy Caldwell (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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2% climbing 98% morose love story

If your looking for a story of epic climbing and can stomach endless padding with a morose love story then this might be your book. If what your really after is a story about a naive twenty year old babbling on about how wonderful his current girlfriend is, how amazing his life is, how God and children will make life so amazing then this will be right up your street. Repleat with fist pumping, self congratulatory cliches and naive contradictory messages on happiness and life this book is like wading through treacle. In a word 'vomitous'... stick to climbing tommy, all you've achieved here is to paint a picture of a young man with a poor sense of self clinging to rock and American cliches as the only path to happiness...

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Brilliant

This book is simply excellent. Part autobiography part tale of a climber's greatest achievement. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of adventure, the outdoors, climbing of life in general.

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The Push by Tommy Caldwell

A tremendous book. I enjoy climbing and mountaineering books but this one is special. The thrill of being out on a climb shines through but there is an honesty about self-doubt which few athletes will talk about. The complexity of human relationships is woven in bringing moments of great joy and also great sadness, feelings mirrored on his climbs. Like all examples of expertise it is clear that Tommy wasn't born and climber but became one, through the now familiar mix of expert coaching, a supportive environment and huge self-belief, commitment and resilience. The narrator also does a great job and is easy to listen too.

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One the best books I have listed to!

Very good book, thought it might be like the movie but it was nothing like it, give more of the background to his climbing and family life, well read and would defiantly recommend, even taught me a few things about my own life and thanks to this book I now life full time in my van living my own climbing dreams, thanks for such a good book Tommy :)

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Stunning!

A truly stunning book. I wasn’t overly familiar with Tommy and his climbing as I always looked towards the better known sports and free solo climbers but this book was so good. A great achievement on par with his Dawn Wall ascend. It jumped straight into my top 10.

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Loved it!

What an excellent book - the story is immense and the writing style is spot on!

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Great story and a great performance

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and although I was looking to mainly hear about the climbing, it was just as interesting to hear about the man and what makes him tick. Highly recommended! It's certainly not "98% a morose love story" as I've just seen someone else write it up.

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a truly enjoyable listen

i cannot convey just how much i enjoyed listening to tommy's story. The way he completely opens up his life for the listener is refreshing. The way he describes his climbs really put you next to him. I listen and read a lot of mountain literature and his is right up their with the best. i will certainly be listening to more of tommy's work.

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Magnificent eloquent work

A future classic. Fascinating, engaging and touching. A true master of his arts: both climbing and writing. I am impressed by Tommy’s honestly and openness.
I listened over again on finishing the first time.
Skilfully performed by the reader too.

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Inspiring and extremely well written

I couldn’t stop listening! A fantastic book for climbers and non climbers as well. As a climber though I found it captures every essence of what it is to be a climber.

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