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My Life Journey to the Top of Everest
By: Ben Fogle
Narrated by: Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Summary

In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet - climbing Everest for the British Red Cross in an attempt to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face.

The expedition was to become the adventure of a lifetime, the culmination of a journey that started with a moment of tragedy years before. For Ben was inspired to take on this challenge by the memory of his son, Willem, who was stillborn in 2014. This is the story of an incredible journey that has for ever changed the lives of those involved.

The climb from Camp 4 to the summit is like stepping into a parallel universe. One in which life and death become frighteningly close. In places the lines become blurred. There are few places where the margin is so close and visceral. Angels and the grim reaper are bed pals. When you are in the zone, in the moment, you are literally counting by the step. By the second. In some ways you are in your own little bubble. In places, the fear was almost paralysing.... In that fine line between life and death I only saw brightness.... While I hope my expedition has helped inspire, it is also a reminder of the fragility of life. Hold those you love close to you. Don’t forget to tell them how much you love them and never become complacent in life. We are all mere mortals on this planet, but don’t let that reality stop you from living it to the full.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your dreams, ideas before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their certitudes, they are a slave: they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is truly free.

©2018 Ben Fogle (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A pleasant and lyrical read." (Guardian)

"Written with wit and affection, this light-hearted, yet stirring narrative entertains and inspires with equal measure." (Countryside Magazine)

"Fogle's typical adventure-style storytelling keeps the narrative light and entertaining." (Independent)

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loved every minute of it!

Cried and smiled along with every chapter. Have adopted new ways to look at the word. Ben has a great life philosophy and is real.

Would very much recommend this book.

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excellent! captivating and inspiring.

really enjoyed this - it was my first audiobook and a really good one to start with - i think i got more out of it than i would have done reading it, especially with Ben and Marina reading it themselves.

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Great book

This is great Ben really done well with this and I didn’t realise the hardship him and his family have been through I really enjoyed this book and it’s really inspiring me to take on more mountains myself

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My favourite book ever!

I can't begin to write a review that sums up how much I loved this book. I feel it will be listened to again and again.

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Earth moving story

Absolutely brilliant, couldn't stop listening, would recommend to anyone, his words made you feel like you were on the mountain

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Inspiring

I can not recommend this book enough ! Truly an inspirational guy! Painted a picture of his journey not only up Everest but also some of his life’s journeys.Read beautiful by Ben and his wife Marina.Will now be getting his other books.

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Open and honest

Super audio book I could relate too, his lifes ambition and his love for his family with the strength of he's deceased son there on the mountain giving him strength.

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UTTERLY FAB YOU LUSS DARLING

What a stunning story, with simply the best narration I have heard in Audible - Ben has a way of taking you with him, with his 'plummy' vocal tones, and as for Marina ( I am in love with her voice).

Buy this book and let your own journey begin, your own imagination will take you to places you've never been before

MORE PLEASE................

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Very inspirational

I loved this book! Ben is very inspiring. An emotional and exciting listen. Narrated well by him and his wife. Will love to listen to some of his other books.

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Fantastic book. Loved it.

One of my favourite books ever. Will buy as a hard copy too. Made me cry, and inspired me.