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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,814 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Heinrich Harrer Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, a youthful Austrian adventurer, mountaineer, and skier, escaped from a British internment camp in India and traveled through the rugged Himalayas seeking refuge from the war. He ended up in the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet, with no money or permission to be in the country. However, his curious appearance and the traditional hospitality of Tibetan society soon worked in Harrer's favor, allowing him unprecedented acceptance among the upper class. His intelligence and his European ways also intrigued the curious young Dalai Lama, and Harrer became his tutor and trusted confidant. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950, Harrer and the Dalai Lama fled the country together. 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 Eddy Allen | 2/16/2014

    " In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet. Harrer was traveling in India when the Second World War erupted. He was subsequently seized and imprisoned by British authorities. After several attempts, he escaped and crossed the rugged, frozen Himalayas, surviving by duping government officials and depending on the generosity of villagers for food and shelter. Harrer finally reached his ultimate destination-the Forbidden City of Lhasa-without money, or permission to be in Tibet. But Tibetan hospitality and his own curious appearance worked in Harrer?s favor, allowing him unprecedented acceptance among the upper classes. His intelligence and European ways also intrigued the young Dalai Lama, and Harrer soon became His Holiness?s tutor and trusted confidant. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950, Harrer and the Dalai Lama fled the country together. This timeless story illuminates Eastern culture, as well as the childhood of His Holiness and the current plight of Tibetans. It is a must-read for lovers of travel, adventure, history, and culture. A motion picture, under the direction of Jean-Jacques Annaud, will feature Brad Pitt in the lead role of Heinrich Harrer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Fihema | 2/11/2014

    " As soon as you read the explanation that he is not a writer, that the book is more of a memoir, it becomes a fantastic journey into a great culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Preethi | 1/4/2014

    " Absolutely loved reading this book. What I loved is the author's honest way of story telling, the living in the ever-mystical-Roof-of-the-world, his biggest about His Holiness and the fact that he felt Tibet was his home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 1/2/2014

    " This book is really amazing and I think everyone should read it! It is really something special. To think that something as beautiful as Harrer's friendship with the Dalai Lama and all the other amazing things he has seen in Tibet has really happened in the real world. It's beautiful like a fairy tale, and I had tears in my eyes during the last chapters describing the communist invasion and how the Dalai Lama had to flee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/21/2013

    " Been meaning to read this for years since seeing the Brad Pitt film. Not such a personal account but still a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carel | 12/13/2013

    " This is my favorite kind of reading; true life adventure. If you like this one you'll love Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/7/2013

    " I liked this book, but might have been bored with it if I wasn't GOING to tibet soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melodi | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting book about a German man who was an escaped POW from India that went to Tibet and lived there for 7 years. Interesting to learn of their culture and way of life. It seems like it's a culture that really isn't seen much at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 10/7/2013

    " Am thoroughly enjoying this book so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/7/2013

    " Slow to start, but good to know someone can live in a different country and be happy and successfull, there is hope... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 9/20/2013

    " Not the greatest writing or story, but a one in a million chance tale that shows a unique perspective of the last days for Old Tibet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 4/19/2013

    " You can get lost in this book. The imagery is incredible. You go there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misha | 3/5/2013

    " OK. Beside Harrer's life story, which is very interesting, one question were nagging me throughout the entire book. Tibet was a feudal society ruled by bunch of "religious" bloodsuckers (so much for independence). They got kicked out by Chinese. So, why should I cry about it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 7/12/2012

    " An interesting read culturally, though at least half of the novel is hiking to get to the capital city of Tibet. After a while all the trekking makes the reading a little monotonous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Brennan | 6/23/2012

    " A wonderful book. Beautiful without being showy or verbose. I adore any book that makes me want to drop everything and go on a trek to foreign lands. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pepper | 6/12/2012

    " I found the writing in this story to very dry and not very enthralling. If you're into climbing mountains and want a more historical look then this book might work for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 5/27/2012

    " Read it because of how much I loved the movie. A bit slow, but glad to have tackled it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/27/2011

    " Excellent, I need to read it again! So much information on this wonderful country which has been devastated by China. Heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odrianna | 2/1/2011

    " I loved, loved, loved this book. Although I thought the movie was great. I was happy to see that the book was a whole different story. I'd say if you liked the movie you will like the book even more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danyell | 1/11/2011

    " I have written at length elsewhere about this book. (link to come) "

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

    " Read it because of how much I loved the movie. A bit slow, but glad to have tackled it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 12/7/2010

    " Harrer provides a perspective that none other can. Historically significant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/21/2010

    " I loved the movie (with Brad Pitt) and the book is a fascinating read. Mountaineer Harrer escapes detention in a WWII camp, escapes to Tibet, and gets to know and teach the young Dalai Lama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 11/13/2010

    " Such an amazing book. what insight he gives into an unknown world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/8/2010

    " I really enjoyed learning more about Tibet and now I feel like I want to help them gain freedom yet I don't feel like there is anything I can do! Definitely worth reading "

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