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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Kodas Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781401388997
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High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas’ gripping account of life on top of the world—where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.

In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It’s likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world’s most majestic mountain.

High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author’s own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut.

Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2014

    " Harrowing account of how climbers, in their quest to get to the top, oftentimes pass by others obviously in trouble. Focuses on the case of a doctor who hires a guide he doesn't know much about, and how the guide just leaves the doctor when he becomes disoriented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 1/24/2014

    " Journalist Michael Kodas describes how the quest for the top of the world has become commercialized and, only too often, dishonest. He describes thefts (which in the circumstances can easily lead to a climber's death), falsification of qualifications at all levels from the Sherpas to the wealthy dilettantes who attempt the summit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/9/2014

    " A little clunky, but fascinating take on the shocking crimes that take place on Mount Everest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 12/25/2013

    " I read this for a nonfiction RA study group and found it fascinating. As more and more people attempt to climb Mount Everest, the opportunities for deceit and misrepresentation escalate. I loved Into Thin Air , and this just gave me more behind the scenes glimpses into what is involved in climbing Everest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 12/20/2013

    " The author offers an interesting, if depressing, look at mountain climbing, but the book's organization is lacking. When he was discussing his own attempts to climb Everest, I kept hoping there was some attempt to be objective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 11/28/2013

    " Loved this story of how scary realities of how greed effects nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 11/1/2013

    " I really enjoy books about Everest. This one exposes the greedy underbelly of many climbing expeditions that have taken over the climbing experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PM | 10/22/2013

    " Excellent! Whether or not you are into mountain climbing (I'm not), this is a thrilling adventure that is also an eye-opener about the sport of ascending Everest. Couldn't put it down! It's a nice match to the earlier Into Thin Air. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambar | 10/16/2013

    " captivating yet disturbing about the commercialization of Mt Everest. Lack of credibility climber guide, trekking/management agents, thus the behavior of climbers created unhealthy environment. greed, competition, self fulfilling prophecy made Everest not the same mountain we believed a century ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wm | 2/23/2013

    " this takes you into the commercialism of everest. lies,greed,theft and death are all a part of it. i used to think i wanted to go to there. i've now think tibet and nepal are very dicey trips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/19/2012

    " Anyone who loved _Into Thin Air_ by Jon Krakauer will enjoy this book. It discusses the changing character of high mountain climbing and the people who risk their lives for the chance to stand on top of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurelyn | 6/28/2012

    " Read earlier this month. Interesting and appalling - there are many, many climbers who have no business whatsoever being on Everest. This inspired me to pick up Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," a wrenching read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmurph07 | 11/7/2011

    " It got kind of drawn out at the end, but overall, this was a good book. Interesting story about what is going on at the top of everest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Clayton | 7/6/2011

    " I am fascinated by Mount Everest and this book reveals the gritty underbelly and shady characters of Everest. A must read for Everest fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 5/5/2011

    " This is an incredible account of all kinds of bad things that happen on and around mount everest. This is not a book just for climbers. You can die so many ways. A great read. I recomend it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2011

    " I picked this book up because I was watching the tv show on Discovery about climbing Mt Everest. This book blew my mind. I was shocked to read some of the stories in here. Who knew so much was going on up on top of that mountain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/13/2010

    " A must read for anyone interested in any sort of high-altitude expedition. What a crazy business! Death, lies, sabotage, thievery, etc. In these life and death situations, you assume that you pay a guide to assist you--not to kill you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/29/2010

    " For those of you who, like me, still have that trip to Everest in the back of your mind, this is a good read to snap you back to reality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 10/5/2010

    " Interesting, but too depressing. No wonder. Am surprised I actually got through the book without just stopping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/27/2010

    " If you like mountain climbing stories, this is interesting, but it could have been trimmed down. Too much of the author's venting about his own bad experience on Everest "

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About the Author
Author Michael Kodas

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, Michael Kodas has made a mark as an outdoor adventure reporter and photographer. Since 1987, Kodas has worked at The Hartford Courant on a remarkable set of stories. His work has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek magazine, and Backpacker Magazine. He lives in Hartford, CT.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.