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As an avid amateur mountaineer and writer, this book spoke to me on many levels. Perhaps it seems more intellectual to criticize, but I will avoid this pretentious practice.
Krakauer's account is rendered with a balance of awe, realism, adventure, reverence and sadness. While not as experienced as John myself, the technical and physical aspects of climbing were completely relatable to me as an amateur. The surrealism of losing a teammate on the mountain is so relatable that I was reduced to tears I was unable to shed previously.
Thank you for this John, and may you find the peace you seek.
It feels like as true an accounting of a tragedy, that anyone can give, having being in the middel and/or apart of it.
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I'm relatively new to audio books but this is definitely the best so far. Starts of with historical information about the mountain and the stories of other people that have been up to the top of Everest or attempted it, which is a nice build up to the events which happened in 1996.
Nearly listened to the whole thing in one sitting but got through it on the second attempt.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
haunting, chilling, and utterly enthralling! could not stop listening, to hear the story through johns eyes was such an experience 10/10
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the narration and historical detail. also loved the retrospective analysis of events. a great read!
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This book gives you tremendous insight into the struggles and hardships of what happened on Everest in 1997. Krakauer obviously poured his heart and soul into this book, it is thrilling and deeply saddening. I can’t recommend it enough, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat and also pull at your heart strings at the same time. Buy it, you won’t regret it.