The Climb Up to Hell

  • by Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by David L. Stanley
  • 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the heart of the Swiss Alps stand the three majestic peaks of the Bernese Oberland, Europe's most famous mountain range. The highest, at 13,638 feet, is the Jungfrau. Next is the Mönch at 13,465 feet. But it is the smallest, the Eiger, rising 13,038 feet above sea level, that is by far the deadliest. Called a "living" mountain for its constantly changing conditions--unpredictable weather, disintegrating limestone surfaces, and continuously falling rock and ice--its mile-high north wall is perhaps the most dangerous climb in the world. And that may be just what beckons elite Alpinists to scale the treacherous peak against the odds.
In 1957, nearly 40 years before the well-known Mount Everest tragedy, two teams of confident climbers set out to summit the north wall of Eiger Mountain. Not long into their journey, onlookers could tell the four men were headed for disaster. Soon rescue teams from all over Europe raced toward Eiger--yet only one of the four climbers survived to face unfounded international accusations. In a story as fascinating as any novel, Jack Olsen creates a riveting account of daring adventure, heroic rescue, and one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of mountain climbing.


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Customer Reviews

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Great Story...Horrid Narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story. However, the odd, uncomfortable speech pattern of the narrator detracted greatly from the intensity and drama that this story should convey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Climb Up to Hell?

The rash impulses and lack of preparation of some of the climbers certainly sticks in my mind.

Would you be willing to try another one of David L. Stanley’s performances?

NO! I highly recommend his next project is the reading of an EPA manual, or perhaps the phone book. His voice was made for boring, predictable and uneventful material.

Did The Climb Up to Hell inspire you to do anything?

Read more about mountain climbing...also, I don't think I will ever climb anything more than a small mole hill...

Any additional comments?

There is an excellent German movie about the attempt by two Nazi soldiers to climb the Eiger in the 1930s. It makes an excellent supplement to a general understanding of the history of the mountain.

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- Melissa Ann Freedman

Terrible narration

What would have made The Climb Up to Hell better?

I tried and tried to get through this audiobook but the narrator is just awful. He reads like he is reciting a fairytale to a three year old. It's ridiculous. Absolutely could not tolerate it.

Would you be willing to try another one of David L. Stanley’s performances?


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- Anissa Bevly-Beal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2015
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics and Notorious USA