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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Madgic Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite’s fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night’s end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue.

Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of Nature’s power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive. Listeners are sure to walk away with a newfound respect for lightning—and nature in general—after hearing this incredible true story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sobering and compelling story…Brilliant.”

    Outdoor Guide

  • Shattered Air is a ‘must-read’ book.”

    Sierra Club News

  • “A well-written and thoroughly investigated account…[Madgic’s] contribution to the adventure category is at once a terrifying story and an urgent cautionary tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anthony Heald’s slightly husky voice is perfect for this outdoor horror story. He adds foreshadowing when describing the gathering clouds, quickens the pace during the storm, and injects personality into the follow-up interviews. Listen and be educated, entertained—and cautioned.”


  • “A penetrating account of this tragedy.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 2/20/2014

    " Good story about lightning deaths and destruction on Yosemite's half dome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janette | 2/15/2014

    " This author did lots of research...He gives the history of Yosemite starting with the Indians, a history of hiking and climbing in Yosemite, a history of the famous climbs and 1st climbs and hikes of Half Dome. He describes the late 70's and early 80's. He explains what happens in thunderstorms and describes all the different kinds of lightening, details what happens when lightening strikes objects and people. He tells about all the deaths related to lightening in Yosemite's history. He describes each person who is part of the story, details everything that happens on July 26-27, '85, and what each person does. He also describes the history of emergency medical training and trauma training and helicopter rescues. All of this is very interesting, but basically comes down to the fact that the main people in the story were careless, reckless, selfish and stupid. They were extremely lucky that there were so many trained EMT's that came to help, and the hero of the story is the helicopter pilot. The mentality of the climbers and many hikers is that everything is all about themselves and "conquering their fear". These guys bullied those they were with who were completely new at hiking to Half-Dome and didn't care one bit about any one's safety. The jerks in the story really didn't change...were still jerks in the end. The main one "didn't want to talk about" the whole experience, well of course he didn't...he killed 2 people and wrecked the lives of others! This book on CD is well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 1/14/2014

    " If you are looking for a true tale of outdoor misadventure, this is the one for you. It didn't change my life but it was an interesting read, and you can bet I'll be a bit more cautious when it comes to lightening after this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 1/10/2014

    " Good story, however, it should have been a short story! Great for people who are interested in hiking in Yosemite. "

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