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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 (171 ratings)
Regular price: £8.49
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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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Excellent book by an excellent presenter

cant recommend this book highly enough, well wrote, well read by both Ben and his wife Marina

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Powerful, motivating and inspiring.

An excellent audiobook, performed beautifully and enraptures the power, spirit and strength of both Ben (and his family) and Mount Everest.

This book has had a simple but profound effect on me...I now realise the positive power of looking UP.

Thank you Ben.

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thank you

great listen.
really enjoyed it. well worth the money. also great that you guys done the speaking.

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Incredible

I’ve always been a fan of Ben Fogle, but this book is truly amazing. The way the book is written and told makes you feel like you were a part of both Marina and Ben’s adventure! Absolutely loved it!

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Inspiring and informative

Lovely book. Ben hones in beautifully on the Everest experience, and pairs it with life anecdotes and personal lessons. It is a ‘light’ read, but with heart. Enjoyed every moment.

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Gripping and honest

An inspiring book of dreams and real life loss. Ben is a great story teller and his wife reveals the worry and stress of life along side an adventure seeker.

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Dull

This is not an adventure but a boring bucket list box tick. No wonder he was met with apathy from the tv companies. Oh well just write a book instead!

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Thought Provoking.

If your looking for a technical read about the details of high altitude mountaineering you will not find it here.
Instead an emotional and thought provoking reflection on the journey to the roof of the world and what it means to the people who take on such a challenge and how it often changes them forever.

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A truly inspiring listen.

A wonderful tale of the ups and downs of one of the biggest challenges man can complete, with some very touching moments, made more personal by the authors themselves narrating, and allowing glimpses into some heart wrenching times in their lives. A book that has you spurring Ben on to achieve his dreams. Felt so inspired after completing it, that I'll be making this year I complete my Ultra challenge. What's on your bucket list?

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An easy listen

Ben and his wife are easy to listen to and have a lovely 'British upper class' tone to their voices. The story in itself is engaging and interesting however at times I felt the author either rushed over interesting aspects of his adventure or went into too much detail over the more trivial (I am personally not that interested in hearing about the number of instagram followers Ben has.)