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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David B. Breashears Narrator: Michael Gross Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest. In this extraordinary memoir, Breashears takes that perilous climb, during which 9 would tragically perish, and uses it as the linchpin of his life. As his fans will discover, there is an inextricable link between this enigmatic man's troubled childhood, his brilliant successes as a climber and cinematographer, and his courage and honor in the face of disaster. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 2/20/2014

    " This was another good book about the Everest disaster of 1996. It now marks the third book on the topic that I have read. Similar to my polygomy kick, I think if I let this go, it could become my next obsession. However, I am going to cut myself off and not read any more Everest books. Unless I could find an account of a polygomous family who all climbed Everest together....now that could be an interesting read!!! :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 2/16/2014

    " The story of David Breashears from teenage rock climber to high mountain filmmaker Not only does he climb Mount Everest but he films it as well. He becomes involved in a high mountain rescue and returns the following year to climb again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kell | 2/16/2014

    " This is a fantastic book that starts to explain the allure of high places and dangerous hobbies. Its a journey of self-knowledge as he puts it. This book shows another point of view from the Everest tragedy in 1996. I liked the fact that he doesn't spare his pride in the recounting of events - in many examples explaining that he was a fool to do things the way he'd done them. I admire that, I also admire his artistic vision in bringing the beauty and passion for the outdoors to those whom wouldn't be able to experience it otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Arndt | 2/8/2014

    " I really liked this book. What a cool life David Breashers has lived! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting and at times poetic book about the life of David Breashears and his trips to Everest. Despite his confidence, Breashears never comes across as arrogant or cocky. Completely ignorant to mountain climbing myself, I found his technical descriptions of the climbing and filming process easy to understand, and the emotional descriptions of his experiences very riveting. I'm definitley glad to have picked up this book and look forward to checking out some of his films. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 1/15/2014

    " High Exposure is somewhat of an autobiography about David Breashears' climbing life, as well as his answer to why he climbs. The story starts when he is a young boy with a violent father, and from there he becomes enamored with mountain climbing. All of his stories about the mountains he climbed were pretty entertaining, although after a while of reading they all started to run into each other and I couldn't remember which climb was which. Breashears does a good job of explaining climbing culture and terms to readers who are not climbers, and his passion for climbing makes you want to go climb a (little) rock yourself. One of my favorite parts of the book was when he described helping with the filming of Cliffhanger. He describes watching the stunt woman prepare for the opening scene (which has her free fall on a cable), and thinking she was somewhat crazy. The funny thing is, he describes how the risk in climbing appeals to him, even climbing without ropes. The book begins and ends by talking about Breashears' experience with the disaster on Everest in 1996. It was interesting to see the story from his point after reading Into Thin Air from Krakauer's point of view last year. Overall, the book was good, but not spectacular, and would not be appealing if reading about people climbing big rocks bores you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 1/13/2014

    " deeply personal, unabashedly poetic, and powerfully inspiring story about a noble artist and leader as he charts his climb to a summit of the soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 1/12/2014

    " I've read bits and pieces of David's life but this was the best by far. Another look back to Everests deadly 1996 season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiki Leyba | 1/7/2014

    " I love mountaineering books even though I was only a recreational backpacker--I love reading about the serious climbers and major peaks on the planet. Breashears knows every aspect of climbing. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 12/8/2013

    " Good biography of a mountain climber who was the cameraman for the Imax film and witnessed the tragedy that year on Everest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 12/7/2013

    " Thought this was a good companion book to "Into Thin Air." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/26/2013

    " Interesting 2nd account of fateful Mt. Everest climb "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/25/2013

    " Climbers die on Mt. Everest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Mikita | 10/16/2013

    " I could not put this book down. I am not into mountaineering, I don't really enjoy hiking, but for some reson I love reading books by people who do. Really well written, and great expierences retold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstie | 10/13/2013

    " Good book. I really got into these Everest books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley Blixt | 5/18/2013

    " Another primary source on May, 1996 disaster on Everest. Different perspective in that Breashears was there filming what would become the IMAX movie EVEREST when he and climber Ed Viesters were drawn into the drama "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 1/17/2013

    " I am loving this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/15/2012

    " Met David in Portland Or. and sat through his recount of what happened on Everest in 1996. Gripping ... absolutly gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory Lamb | 10/27/2011

    " If you are reading about Everest, you need to add this one to your list. Another perspective of the 92 season on the mountain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monjamckay | 9/12/2011

    " One of my favorite climbing books written thus far... What a man!!! I will definatly have fantasies about such an adventurer long after I have forgotten the books title. Very well written which is unusual with climbing books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/27/2011

    " I have a fashionation of Mt. Everest and I was given this book on my birthday 11.14.10 and so I have only just started it on New Years Eve so I will add more when I get further into the book. I finsihed this book on 1.13.11, it was a very wonderful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Gillen | 6/30/2011

    " I read this book after "Into Thin Air". It sucked in comparison. Seeing as he was on the mountain the same year, I was thinking he'd have a different perspective, but his writing was the worst disaster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cira | 3/18/2011

    " This is terrifying and I don't know why people do this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/28/2011

    " this was one of the better books about climbing Mount Everest. I found his story really interesting. It goes into his whole story, not just the time that he was on Mt. Everest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/12/2011

    " If you are reading about Everest, you need to add this one to your list. Another perspective of the 92 season on the mountain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/31/2010

    " I have a fashionation of Mt. Everest and I was given this book on my birthday 11.14.10 and so I have only just started it on New Years Eve so I will add more when I get further into the book. I finsihed this book on 1.13.11, it was a very wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 11/13/2010

    " I enjoyed this book for its look at the climber's life, his perspective on climbing and mountaineering, and his account of the 1996 Everest tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/9/2010

    " I really liked this book. What a cool life David Breashers has lived! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiki | 1/15/2010

    " I love mountaineering books even though I was only a recreational backpacker--I love reading about the serious climbers and major peaks on the planet. Breashears knows every aspect of climbing. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 9/25/2009

    " Another primary source on May, 1996 disaster on Everest. Different perspective in that Breashears was there filming what would become the IMAX movie EVEREST when he and climber Ed Viesters were drawn into the drama "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 8/11/2009

    " Great true account of a mountaineer who helped film the wide screen Everest film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/23/2009

    " Alternative story for into thin air "

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