The Summit

  • by Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, Pat Falvey
  • Narrated by Pat Falvey
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 1 August, 2008, 18 climbers from across the world reached the summit of K2, the world's second-highest and most dangerous mountain - a peak that claims the life of one in every four climbers who attempt it. Over the course of 28 hours K2 had exacted a deadly toll: 11 lives were lost in a series of catastrophic accidents.
Over the course of three days, a Nepalese Sherpa called Pemba Gyalje, along with five other Sherpas, was at the center of a series of attempts to rescue climbers who had become trapped in the Death Zone, unable to escape its clutches and debilitated by oxygen deprivation, chronic fatigue, delirium and a terrifying hopelessness.
The tragedy became a controversy as the survivors walked from the catastrophe on the mountain into an international media storm, in which countless different stories emerged, some contradictory and many simply untrue.
Based on Pemba Gyalje's eyewitness account and drawing on a series of interviews with the survivors which were conducted for the award-winning documentary The Summit.
The Summit: How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2's Deadliest Days is the most comprehensive interpretation of one of modern-day mountaineering's most controversial disasters.


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Customer Reviews

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Good book, narration wrecks it

The story is true and well written from a different perspective, if you read Buried in the Sky which is about the same expedition, this account gives some detail which is revealing. Overall I liked Buried in the Sky better and the author's decision to narrate this book just ruins it. He has a heavy Gaelic accent which is difficult to understand and doesn't go well with the overall feeling of the book. If you are a hardcore mountaineering book reader, this one will probably interest you, otherwise skip it.
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- Laura

A Tragic Account, Masterfully Told

This audiobook had me on the edge of my seat, virtually from start to finish. Every section left me anxious to know more about the lives, the thoughts, and emotions of each and every climber on K2 on this particular summit attempt. Narrated by author Pat Falvey, the narrative imparted a sense of something greater than itself at work in both the expedition itself, as well as the words of the book. The Book brings justice to the account and I felt as if I had gotten to know each of the climbers in a more personal way. Suspenseful and engaging, through an obvious respect for high altitude mountaineering and compassion for fellow climbers and their families, this book does not disappoint. I highly recommend it.
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- SKeller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Audio Always