• 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 (2,508 ratings)

Regular price: $27.97

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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Maggie McGee on 08-07-16

This book/author has it ALL

What did you love best about Summit?

EVERYTHING! Beautifully written, gripping plot, great characters, brilliant narration.

What other book might you compare Summit to and why?

Into Thin Air, for the mountain climbing experience. All the greats...Baldacci, Eisler, Lee Child, etc., for a great mystery read.

What does Harry Farthing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am a passionate Audible ear-reader. I don't feel even my beloved narrators (Grover Gardner, Scott Brick, Dick Hill, Richard Ferrone, Len Cariou) could have performed this book as movingly as the author did himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

IF ONLY!!! 17 hours is a bit much even for ME to do in one day. Tho I routinely listen to over 10 hours in a day. But I hated to turn off my Kindle.

Any additional comments?

I don't think anyone could go wrong buying this book. I can easily imagine listening to parts of it over and over (in fact, even during my first reading, I went back a few times, just to savor the writing since the first time thru I was sometimes holding by breath to see what would happen.

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