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Author: Wade Davis Narrator: Enn Reitel Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307944108
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On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.   In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather. Into the Silence sets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered.  In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honor and decency, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope.   Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we will never see again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/5/2014

    " A very good chronicle of the early attempts on Everest, but he fails to break inside the motivations and emotions of Mallory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 1/27/2014

    " Fascinating history set in crucial context to give such a detailed account. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/3/2014

    " 28 hours and 57 minutes... I spent weeks with Mallory and his companions in the trenches and on the highest slopes of the Himalayas, and even knowing the end of the story all along, I felt empty as this saga came to an end. An absolutely fascinating history, both tragic and uplifting. I learned all sorts of things I never knew (like the Russian interest in Tibet), and filled in a few more gaps in my (still very sketchy) knowledge of the world. The stories of WWI were sometimes a bit too long, taking up more space in the first part of the book than I had realized they would, and I often lost track of who was who. Yet, through this new perspective, I learned a lot, and don't regret the time spent listening even to those bits. Thanks to Jenny for the recommendation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/6/2013

    " Some interesting history for sure, but incredibly slow to tell the tale. Very dense and easy to get lost in the minutia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 10/17/2013

    " Got bored of this before I got a quarter of the way through it and moved onto something else. The writing was dull. It felt like I was reading a high school history book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/17/2013

    " Love this book. The effect of WW1 on those who made it onto the Everest expedition is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bil | 1/20/2013

    " Was surprised and delighted by the extensive flora and fauna descriptions as well as the religious and spiritual practices of the region. The back story of the Great War and British sensibilities of the time allowed me to better appreciate both Lord of the Rings and Monty Python. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 7/13/2012

    " So far this is a 5 star read. Totally engaging and packed with fascinating information. I have given it 4 only stars because I haven ' t finished it yet...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/31/2011

    " This was interesting and I like Wade Davis' anthropological take on the Brits and the Tibetans, but it badly needed an editor and should have been about half as long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 10/18/2011

    " excellent. thumbnails sketches of the participants and all? great book. great great book. wade davis. hero. "

About the Author

Wade Davis is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River, and is an award-winning anthropologist. He currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and divides his time between Washington, DC, and northern British Columbia.

About the Narrator

Enn Reitel is a Scottish actor and impressionist who specializes in voice work, which includes work on the television show The X Factor and the movie Corpse Bride. She is the winner of an AudioFile Earphone Award.