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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,905 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nando Parrado Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.

Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. 

As time passed and Nando’s thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. 

Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More than a companion to the 1970s bestselling chronicle of the disaster, Alive, this is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family, and love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Given up for dead after an air crash in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado not only survived but showed the strength and determination that saved his own life and that of his fifteen friends. Now he gives his own account of his ordeal—enthralling, enlightening, modest, and moving. An impressive testimony to what love can achieve.”

    Piers Paul Read, author of Alive

  • Miracle in the Andes is an astonishing account of an unimaginable ordeal. In straightforward, staggeringly honest prose, Nando Parrado tells us what it took—and what it actually felt like—to survive high in the Andes for seventy-two days after having been given up for dead. If you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down.”

    Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula Yormak | 2/16/2014

    " Riveting story told from the perspective of one of the survivors from the plane crash in the Andes in 1974. It is an emotional, riveting, personal journey of survival, fear, love, desperation and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/18/2014

    " This book was so well written in parts that it surprised me. I read it in two days, and I was disappointed that the reading was interrupted by the need for sleep - I'm sure you know this feeling, that's how much I was drawn into this story. The author is deeply insightful and completely honest, my compliments and thanks to the teamwork that resulted in this fine story. I like that he waited so long to write about the experience and how it affected him. It's a great look into the Uruguayan culture of that time, and into all of the ways human beings act when under unbelievable physical and emotional duress. The tale is beautifully told at a comfortable pace that leaves out nothing of the human experience. This is a survival story with a little bit of mountain climbing included, if you like either I don't think you will be disappointed. The author is so sincere and completely open with his feelings I'm still moved by his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leisa | 1/8/2014

    " Insanely good book. Disturbing that this is a true account of one of the survivors but that makes it all the more better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Filiz | 1/1/2014

    " This was a compelling read. Just not my choice of subject matter. "

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