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I found this to be an excellent story as it tells more than just the story of the featured climb. The author does a great job of describing the history of climbing this mountain, and of the personalities of those who climb the mountains.
The author was also a decent narrator, and it’s always good to hear the words from the source.
Others have criticized the author for being to self-absorbed. I don’t agree. Mountaineering is, by its very nature, a relatively solo pursuit, so I think it natural for the story to reflect this.
I highly recommend this read for those interested in the outdoors, mountaineering, or in the personalities and nature of those who chose to put themselves at risk.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Contrary to what I I had expected after hearing reviews from other Viesturs books (that he's cocky, self-minded on the mountain, and negative towards other climbers), I did not get that sense from this book.
It was a very well written account of the history of climbing Annapurna and Viesturs definitely gives credit where credit is due and highlights his own successes. It is, afterall, meant to be a book about HIS successes on the mountain. He also touches a little bit on his quest for all fourteen 8,000'ers, since Annapurna was his final one in the challenge, but I'm sure his other books go into more detail on that.
The narrration is also good. Felt like I was there for many parts of it and for others, I felt as if I was reading directly from the climber's journal.
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If you could sum up The Will to Climb in three words, what would they be?
Awe Inspiring, Inspirational
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Will to Climb?
The end of the book - without giving anything away, the juxtaposition of the history with Eds own persoanl attempts on the mountain made this a genuinely emotional listen
Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favourite?
I felt like I knoew Ed Visteurs well by the end of the book!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The final successful climb.
Any additional comments?
This is a great book - genuinely inspirational and a fascinating exploration of the history of the mountain, risk assessment and mountaineering.