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Publisher's Summary

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet. Settling in Lhasa, the Forbidden City, where he became a friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer spent seven years gaining a more profound understanding of Tibet and the Tibetans than any Westerner before him.
Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a best seller in the United States in 1954, and sold three million copies.
©1982 Heinrich Harrer (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"It deserves its place among the few great travel stories of our times." (The Times)
"Few adventurers in this century have had the combined luck and hardihood to return with such news as this. Fewer still have rendered it so powerfully unadorned." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Some books, like some mountains, are lonely and unrivalled peaks. This is one of them." (Economist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexander on 09-03-12

Excellent

Where does Seven Years in Tibet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in my top ten of true stories.

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This is better than the movie counterpart. It really goes deeper, and the story is one that leaves you feeling. There is adventure, human development, cultural understanding, and beauty in this story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carla M. Palmer on 03-03-15

Great book

Loved the narrator, I had never seen the movie so now am anxious to see it. Such an incredible experience to go through and it gives you an appreciation for the Tibetan people.

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By Will on 09-09-16

Wonderful

Truly inspiring. Educational. Historical & Eye-Opening. A fantastic book and tremendously well read. I highly recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jacqueline on 04-14-13

Fantastic a life we never see.....

We are so convinced that Western life (fast paced focused upon the self and high achievement etc.) is the right way to live that we rarely get the opportunity to stop and think and consider our priorities in life.

You would be very fortunate in your life if the sacred person of another culture was once your student/companion on a daily basis - you would be very fortunate.

The intimate life of a Westerner in Tibet is a rare insight into another world another culture that is far removed from our materialistic yearnings. Come step inside and feel the desire to live a different life and pass on your worldly knowledge to another culture. A mesmerising view of another country listen and enjoy.

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By Liz on 09-15-16

loved this book

interesting on so many levels - cultural, political, spiritual. an inspirational story that makes me want to know more about Tibet.

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By Jonathan on 05-02-16

Captivating

Seven Years in Tibet is an exciting and culturally fascinating story. Although the audiobook is read less dramatically, owing to the diary type entries recorded by the author, than other books you could listen to, it makes the story no less interesting. Knowing that it is a true story made it so much more astounding for me. In the descriptions of their mountain treks, I thought the book did not do their reality justice! I tried to put myself in their shoes and imagine the hardship that they endured. It actually inspired me to seek out adventure for myself! You won't regret listening to this book.

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