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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,895 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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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