"Tell me the story of Everest," she said, a fervent smile sweeping across her face, creasing the corners of her eyes. "Tell me about this mountain that's stealing you away from me."
In 1924 George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George's young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire's faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.
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The historical detail was woven through the story so expertly and fundamentally that you could rely on the story's truth while being taken in by the smooth, exceedingly expert writing. Beautiful, sad story, but I could take the ending because George died doing what he loved best to do - almost what he was destined to do......to get to the top despite the almost impassable (no pun intended) obstacles in his way......
I was very disappointed with the performance in one great aspect (for the first time with an Audible book, I might add!), because the author's normally high and delicate voice, which was perfect for Ruth's voice (George's wife) failed miserably to capture George Mallory's manly tones. The performer dropped her voice to a semi-baritone which became a monotone drone with no affect for, I would suppose, George Mallory's vibrant character. It became difficult, as the engrossing story went on, and which I couldn't "put down," to hear George's "voice" come through as though he were already dead! No, no, no, I screamed to myself silently........
Yes, but again the performer's voice for George was hard to take.
I recommend the story, but beware the pitfall!
- Sarra "Avid, curious reader; always on the look-out for an excellent story."