• Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-14-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2,237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest.
Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel. As a desperate fight for their lives begins in the freezing air high above Tibet, Quinn stumbles across a clue to a story that challenges everything he thinks he knows about the great mountain.
When the bitter aftermath of Quinn's disastrous climb turns to violent tragedy in Kathmandu, his discovery pushes him into a relentless journey that takes him from the dangerous heights of Everest to the equally treacherous margins of a new Europe, where history hungers to repeat itself.
Amid a rich and diverse cast of characters, all with their own reasons to possess the mystery of his discovery, Neil Quinn has to fight, increasingly desperately, for order and the truth.
©2013 Harry Farthing (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paula on 08-23-16

Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

This is a great story! "Summit" is a fictional telling of the Nazi's desire (circa 1938-39) to beat the rest of the modern-day world to the summit of Everest. In this fictional account, this goal is pursued in the most deliberate way with fascinating repercussions that create a contemporary (2009) search for evidence that the Nazi's succeeded in their achievement of that goa. I liked the story because there is quite a lot of intrigue in it, but also because it is about the mountain itself, the Sherpas who make it possible for scaling, and the constructs of a cacophony of events in world history just before WWII. In fact, the story moves from 2009 back and forth to 1938-39 smoothly and seamlessly -- weaving the stories of the central characters in such a way that readers get to know them quite well. There are three strong female characters in the story -- although I will admit that in general, it is a book about men and their quest for glory and domination.
The narration is superb and while it is "longish" at 14+ hours, this seemed like a listen that was over far, far too quickly. It was engrossing, informative and imaginative. Highly recommended for those who enjoy history with fiction as the icing on top.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Wolfpacker on 01-12-17

Some Excitement, Some Duller Stretches

If you are into mountain climbing, you will like this one. For me it dragged a bit in the early and middle parts. A creatively-written plot gets tarnished at times with strange hallucinations and neo-Nazi obsessions. The skinheads are despicable, and though the author tries to paint them that way, he dwells on them a bit too much.

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