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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:
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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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  • “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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by -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 by Marian | 1/31/2014

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

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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 Narrator

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