Mount Kilimanjaro is sometimes called "Everyman's Everest" because it is possible for a novice climber to reach the summit. And every year, more than 30,000 adventure tourists try. But for each person who goes to the mountain, there are thousands more who chat about it at cocktail parties, making plans to go...someday. That's how Daniel Dorr got started: flirting with a beautiful brunette over hot cocoa and spouting impressive plans. Six months later, he was lying on the cold gravel trail at 18,000 feet, panting and hacking in the darkness. Dorr is a typical marketing exec by day but, amped up by his re-acquaintance with a romantic interest; he gained the determination to pursue one of his lifelong dreams - summiting Kilimanjaro. When Dorr left behind the familiarity of his weekend-warrior lifestyle in Southern California to reach the top of the 19,340-foot peak, he didn't realize he would cross a threshold to a new way of life. As he fondles expensive hi-tech gear, gets vaccinated for the jungle, travels local-style across East Africa, and vomits on top of the African continent, listeners share in the rewards, both large and small, of reaching for personal fulfillment through adventure travel.
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Great travel narrative.
One of the best travel narratives on Audible. I love a good non fiction travel book but, if you are a fan of the genre, you realize there aren't many "good" ones out there. The authors are either tragic hipsters trying to write ironically, arrogant and cocky rich kids trying to seem cool, fake, or any combination of the above. Its rare to find a good honest travel story by a guy on a budget who financed it himself. Kissing Kilimanjaro is one of the good ones
Daniel Dorr is honest about his motivations for going (I won't share them here). He comes across as a regular hard working guy and he is honest about his failures and emotions. He never comes across as trying to be too cool or pretentious.
Dont want to give any spoilers.
Its a good story about the realities of traveling, the interesting people you meet along the way, the interesting places you see, and most importantly how it can change your life.
You don't have to love Africa or mountaineering to enjoy this book, just have a love of travel. I bought the audible version and found the quality very good. It's narrated by the author and he did a good job with it. It doesn't get 5 stars because I wanted a few more details and perhaps an even longer version of the story, but I guess that is also a sign I enjoyed it.
- Amazon Customer
We really wanted to like this book, but the story and the reader weren't compelling. We stopped listening after 45 minutes or so, skipped ahead, but still could not get into the book. Maybe this is one of those times where it's better to read the story than listen.
We are big travelogue readers. This book just didn't capture us.
- A Mom