Blind Descent

  • by Brian Dickinson
  • Narrated by Adam Verner
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Former Navy Air Rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest, also known as "the death zone", when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: Should he continue to push for the summit or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit, alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short lived.
After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely and began his descent. Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind. All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, instincts, and faith.
In Blind Descent, Brian recounts his extraordinary experience on Mount Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing true story of courage, faith and perseverance

An amazing true story of courage, perseverance and faith, that had me in tears before the author had even reached Everest. The emotion and love he felt for his family came through wholeheartedly. His words and the excellent narration made you feel what he felt, especially the emotion behind the hidden message he left for his family incase he didn't make it back. The reaction of his children to him leaving pulls at your heart strings and the support and love shown by his wife was beautiful. The narrator managed to capture and expresses the emotion of the story excellently. The author interweaves his experiences and lessons learned during his military career, with the story of his solo assent of Everest and the beliefs that ground his life. Although I can not fully understand the draw of climbing to the top of the world (or up any mountain for that matter), I can understand the beauty and austerity of the landscape, as well as the need to challenge oneself and complete what you feel committed to. The courage, faith and self control shown during his blind decent of Everest is awe inspiring and far beyond my comprehension. This author not only gives you an inside look at the fortitude it takes to survive the Earths highest mountain, but he also takes you on a journey laced with faith, love and family. I received this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review
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- Rabid Reader

Awful narration ruined this story for me.

Although a devotee of mountaineering stories, this one was boring, uninteresting, and a bit too religious. Perhaps better narration would have captured my attention more.
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- H. Flowers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2016
  • Publisher: Brian Dickinson