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4.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 5 4.36 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nando Parrado, Vince Rause Narrator: Josh Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739332597
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 72 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 Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild
  • Unlike the cloud that obscured the mountainside, there is no haze enshrouding the meaning of life for Nando Parrado. It was in the love for his father that Nando found the motivation to survive for over two months on a Chilean glacier. As he makes his unbelievable traverse of the Andes, Nando also demonstrates the depth of his courage, faith, and perseverance that help him later transform his losses into a source of inspiration for others. Connecting our struggles to his, we readers can use Nando as our beacon and see that there is a way out of our ‘own personal Andes.’ Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Nando Parrado’s haunting experience in the Andes—grippingly, honestly, and insightfully told—ranks with the most dramatic survival stories of the last two centuries. Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure
  • Miracle in the Andes is an extraordinary book. Everybody’s philosophical hypotheticals were Nando Parrado’s real life experiences. Would I survive an aircrash? Could I eat human flesh? Would a horrific and life-threatening event affect my religious beliefs? In the end, this account benefits enormously from the maturity that time allows. It is a beautifully written and moving story. Peter Hillary, author of In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime Spent on the Edge
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra Eiermann | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of the best books that I have recently read. I saw the movie recently and it does not even come close to what these people lived through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larisa | 2/11/2014

    " Amazing. Honest. Brutality in its purest form. A gooooooood read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 2/6/2014

    " This book is about the plane crash in the Andes. The author was one of the survivors. What an incredible story. I couldn't put the book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna Henderson | 1/31/2014

    " Absolutely the most astonishing story of survival I've ever seen or read (or in this case listened to on audiobook). It's truly amazing what a human can endure. I appreciated hearing about Nando's inner struggles - doubt, fear, hope, and above all else - love. What an amazing thing it is to be alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alayne | 1/19/2014

    " EXCELLENT - need to keep some tissues handy though !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynn | 12/21/2013

    " This was an interesting read and an amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/17/2013

    " An awesome account of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes written by one of the survivors. Very detailed account of the horror and the triumph of a very determined group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leisa | 10/25/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 9/9/2013

    " Listening to the audio version. I loved how the prologue was read by the author with his sexy rich uruguayan rugby player voice--wish the whole thing was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/7/2013

    " Very compelling read about a plane wreck in the Andes and the human devotion to survive at all costs. Inspirational, disturbing, and compelling, this book is worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 4/18/2013

    " An interesting autobiography by Nando Parrado, one of the 16 survivors out of 45 people on the plane crash in the Andes mountains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy Leerhoff | 3/22/2013

    " The story was good but the extra writing and then interview was much too extensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 3/12/2013

    " I heard Nando Parrado speak about this ordeal at a conference and it was completely chilling. Amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 1/7/2013

    " The most moving and inspiring book I have read in a long, long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lennie | 11/28/2012

    " Nando Parrado recounts his experience when he survived a plane crash in 1972 that carried his rugby team as well as his mother and sister who died. Miracle In The Andes is an incredible story and there is a lesson to be learned about not giving up. I give this book 5 stars--it's that good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Papapietro | 7/13/2012

    " Excellent. I read Alive years ago. Miracle in the Andes is about the same event but from one of the survivors actual story. The descriptions actually make you feel like you're experiencing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti Mattox | 7/7/2012

    " my friends rachel and drew sent me this book to add to my anxiety about flying i assume. thanks guys! really, a hair raising account of the ability to survive in the worst possible situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina DeJong | 2/23/2012

    " I highly recommend this to everyone - it is such an awesome story of survival!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 11/3/2011

    " I loved this book - I read it in 3 days, and most of it was staying up until 1AM as I couldn't put it down. I've already seen this movie (3 times) so I knew how it ended, but I guess I just love this story. Nando Parrado is a true hero, and what he did to save 16 lives is amazing and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindquistheather | 5/31/2011

    " Wow- this is an amazing true story. The origianl book written about it was Alive but this is written by one of the actual survivors. I don't love the writing but the story is so inspiring. I don't know that I would have the will to survive under such horrific conditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/13/2011

    " Never get tired of this survival story! Always saddens and inspires me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 4/4/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/1/2011

    " I highly recommend this book. It is an amazing story, told with a perspective on life that I could easily relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/1/2011

    " Good book, but really not sure how much I believe. I have read a lot of books about mountain climbing and when veteran climbers are dying when they are over prepared, there is a lot of doubt in my mind. Not that is didn't happen, it just seems quite exagerrated.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/8/2011

    " I recieved this book for my 12th birthday and when I looked at it, I immediently thought I wasn't going to like it. I started to read it, and it began nice and slow. Much to my surprise, I could not put this book down. It felt so real, the situations so intense. I loved every aspect of this book. "

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