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The Impossible First Audiobook

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Read By: Colin O'Brady Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781508299516

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Longest Chapter Length:

43:42 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

30 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

25:55 minutes

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Colin O’Brady’s awe-inspiring memoir spans his triumphant recovery from a tragic accident to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica.

Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O’Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he’d ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge.

O’Brady’s pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd—also striving to be “the first.” Enduring Antarctica’s sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds—in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters—O’Brady persevered.

Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent—gripped by fear and doubt—he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life.

Honest, deeply moving, filled with moments of vulnerability—and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica—The Impossible First reveals how anyone can reject limits, overcome immense obstacles, and discover what matters most.

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Colin O'Brady may be physically and mentally superhuman. He holds speed records for astonishing feats—climbing the highest peaks in all 50 U.S. states and completing the Explorers Grand Slam of climbing the highest mountain on each continent, plus reaching the North and South Pole. In this memoir, he recounts being the first to traverse Antarctica alone and unsupported. . . . O'Brady's sincerity is never in doubt, and the image of him dancing on the ice to Paul Simon's 'Graceland' is sure to generate a smile."



  • “Harrowing… An unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “O’Brady is a confident, crafty storyteller…This inner saga works hand in hand with the physical challenges to make for a full tapestry of remarkable experience. A brutally sublime tale of derring-do that transports as well as teaches.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “O’Brady delivers a master class in overcoming the unthinkable, demonstrating the critical role that presence, gratitude, and relationships play in making any dream a reality.”

    — Rich Roll, ultramarathoner


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About Colin O'Brady

Colin O’Brady is a multiple world record holder and is considered one of the world’s premier endurance athletes. Among his feats are a first-ever solo, unsupported, and unaided crossing of Antarctica; the speed record for the Explorers Grand Slam—summiting the tallest peak on each continent and journeying to both Poles; and topping the highest point in all fifty US states in just twenty-one days.