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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston De Walt Narrator: Nelson Runger, Richard Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781456125134
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Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest will hold listeners spellbound.

A top-rated guide and high altitude climber, Boukreev dictated the raw and powerful details of this ill-fated trek from memories and notes recorded just five days after the catastrophe. In May of 1996, thirty-three people went up the mountain, but only twenty-eight returned. As two commercial expeditions climbed the world’s highest peak, poor planning, miscommunication, and an unpredictable blizzard conspired to defeat them. Although the author made it back to the safety of his tent, he defied his own pain and exhaustion to go back up the mountain. His rescue attempt saved the lives of three climbers.

The events of those two fateful days prompted researchers at MIT to develop new technology that could prevent the recurrence of such a disaster.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From the first chapter, as members of the ill-fated group meet and organize for the climb, to the last chapter, which raises questions still unanswered, a detailed, day-by-day description of this chilling tale is given…Boukreev’s story of adventure and survival will remain in the reader’s memory long after the book is finished.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Painter | 2/15/2014

    " This book is another version of what happened on the tragic climb of Everest when several climbers were killed. If you read 'Into Thin Air' you will realize that the author of this book was on the same expedition. 'Into Thin Air' is not very kind to Anatoli who wrote this book. I think he published his version to try to redeem himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/14/2014

    " I read this after reading Krakauer's "Into thin Air" and coming away feeling as if it were only one side of the story. Boukreev may have been the most talented climber on the mountain in 1996 and offers his own take on the tragedy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 -ed- Erwin | 2/4/2014

    " There is no doubt that this author was the cause of the tragedy he writes about. He failed to stay with the people he was guiding and failed to keep himself strong by using oxygen and returned to his tent and slept while people were dying on the mountain. His story here doesn't jive with the facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 1/31/2014

    " A different perspective on the 1996 Everest expedition, contradicting the one presented by John Krakauer in his 'Into Thin Air'... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandiip | 1/25/2014

    " For those who love the mountains and especially Mount Everest, it is a good read. It's a clarification by ace mountaineer boukreev and an attempt to tell the real story about the mount everest summit assault of '96 when several mountaineers died despite his heroic efforts to rescue people in dangerous circumstances. very interesting bits about how important Is preparedness, planning and decision making for success not just in mountaineering. must read for all who ever want to climb mountains in the Himalayas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Meigs | 1/20/2014

    " Read this if you liked Into Thin Air, or if you like burly Russian climbers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim H | 1/15/2014

    " Interesting in the context of another perspective on the 1996 Everest disaster, but it frequently reads like a 255 page disclaimer. If you're interested in understanding what went wrong on Everest in 1996, there are several firsthand accounts - this book included - both written & in film. I suggest looking at all of them that are available to you, with an eye to understanding, rather than to assigning blame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arah-Leah Hay | 1/10/2014

    " After reading "Into Thin Air" I found myself obsessed with Mt.Everest. I couldn't stop reading about it, checking facts up to date and looking at photographs and video coverage. Fascinating! Of course this led me to "The Climb". There is always two sides to a story and I think you shouldn't read either of these books without the other. Although Krakauer's version I found to be more fluid I was still completely captivated by Boukreev's sequence of events that night. It definitely gives much insight into what happened in Scott Fischer's Expedition. This is an incredibly sad story of true survival and heroism on the highest summit in the world. As to the controversy between Krakauer and Boukreev, I am left understanding the raised questions and concerns of one, and the actions of another. There is no doubt in my mind that Anatoli Boukreev is a hero and without his action on that fateful day there would have been more casualties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/31/2013

    " I LOVE real life stories about adventures on Everest! Probably because I'll never attempt a summit....I like my fingers, toes and nose to stay right where they are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Adams | 12/28/2013

    " This is another account of the 1996 disaster on Everest. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Hatch | 12/23/2013

    " mountain climbers are insane "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/20/2013

    " Interesting counter-story to Into Thin Air. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/12/2013

    " If you read Into Thin Air by Krakauer, you have to read this for a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 12/1/2013

    " An amazing story with good tips for safe hiking--on Everest or otherwise... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Barron | 11/14/2013

    " Written shortly after Into Thin Air...it didn't nearly elicit the same feelings. Boukreev wanted to clear up some items that were missed in the other book...the story may be truer, but the writing lacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stepher | 10/22/2013

    " Much better than "Into Thin Air" by Krakauer. Of course, this one is true so that helps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/20/2013

    " An interesting alternate perspective of the tragic few days on Mount Everest depicted by John Krakauer in "Into Thin Air". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Cox | 7/28/2013

    " This was an awesome counterpoint to Krakauar's Into Thin Air. Put the two together to get a more rounded and interesting view of what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/18/2013

    " I have just started this book. I am loving the book. I am on page 114 of 257. I finelly finished this book. I enjoyed it alot but one has to understand a little about Mt. Everest to understand this book as it is coming from a single climber and the struggles he went through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramnik Chhabra | 3/13/2013

    " interesting counterpoint to the best selling 'into thin air' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett Tucker | 2/24/2013

    " Response to Krakauer's, 'Into Thin Air.' Highly recommended if you found IHA a worthwhile read. Anatoli's broken english adds credence to his retelling of the tragedy that happened on Everest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/22/2013

    " I didn't realize this was a rebuttal to Into Thin Air until I was a bit in. Laboriously detailed but interesting. Turned out to be quite good as an audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambar | 10/6/2012

    " Very defensive account from Anatoli Boukreev about Everest 1996 disaster. A good book to see bigger picture and different view "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 9/11/2012

    " Great book. Cleared up what Krakauer got wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/14/2012

    " I haven't finished reading this book, but so far I love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G | 7/21/2012

    " Great to read after Into Thin Air to get another perspective on the tragedy that happened on Everest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Gorris nemirovsky | 6/28/2012

    " Another great climbing book about the disaster and events on Mt. Everest - read Into Thin Air for another climbers point of view about the events that happened!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/4/2012

    " Not as well written as Into Thin Air but gives an equally compelling explanation of the events, from an expert who ended up in a place where many of those around him shouldn't have been. "

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About the Author

Anatoli Boukreev (1958–1997) was one of the world’s foremost high-altitude mountaineers. Twenty-one times he went to the summit of the world’s highest mountains. For his heroic actions on Mount Everest in May 1996, he was awarded the American Alpine Club’s highest honor, the David A. Sowles Memorial Award. He died in an avalanche while climbing in Nepal on December 25, 1997.

About the Narrators

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.

Richard Davidson has narrated over 200 books and recently received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Audiobook Nonfiction.