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"Absolutely gripping." (Kliatt Magazine)
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By Dan J Shearer on 05-06-05
My first horrible pick!
As a mountaineer, I thought I could appreciate some stories of other adventurers and how they persevered through adversity. Well, no such luck was experienced with this audio. The first story was somewhat palatable and humorous, however the voice sounded like some nauseating rich snob who I would have punched the face just on principle. The rest of the stories were dreadful and very painful to listen to. I kept thinking, ?just one more story ...I?m sure they will get better?. And the music! I felt like I was in 3rd grade watching some old 1960?s film with that chessy music in the background that was way too happy. I stopped the punishment after five stories. After hearing something like ?Into Thin Air? or ?Touching the Void? I assumed this would be similar. It is NOT!
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By matthew on 09-20-11
A mix of interesting and depressing
A couple of the stories among this series were worth listening to,but the majority simply didn't really interest me.Possibly the best story was of the guys who discovered a cave in Paupua New Guinea and went cave diving,which has to be foolhardy at best,but makes for an interesting listen.The other story that grabbed me was about two explorers lost in the arctic,who are attacked by a bear and later a walrus of all things and their struggle to surivive and maintain their sanity facing the possibity of overwintering in the frozen tundra.
The choice to cap the book off with someone dying of Aids and how they tried to face it with dignity did nothing to make me feel the book was overall decent.
I enjoyed Sebatian Jungers Fire much more.
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