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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Todd Balf Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN: 9780375417474
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The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la is a breathtaking account of the ill-fated October 1998 expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, known in paddling circles as the “Everest of rivers.” For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leaders, the Tsangpo adventure was the culmination of a twenty-five-year quest for glory. Yet the team’s magnificent dreams crumbled when their ace paddler was swept over a thunderous eight-foot waterfall, never to be seen again.

Here is a fascinating exploration of both the seething big water and perilous terrain of the legendary Shangri-la, and the men who dared challenge the furious rapids that raced through this 140-mile-long canyon. The Last River invites us to view the Himalayas from a totally new perspective—on a historic river so remote that only the most hardy and romantic souls attempt to unlock its mysteries.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 12/6/2013

    " A good read on how difficult an expedition kayak trip can be. This trip in what was to be a first descent the Tsangpo River in Tibet turned deadly for one paddler. It does remind me that safety issues are not to be overlooked in any outdoor adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/5/2013

    " White water kayaking in the Andes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eyun | 10/23/2013

    " A tragic true story of the attempted first kayak descent of the Tsangpo river in Tibet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Pepin | 10/22/2013

    " I'll stick to inland lakes and class three rafting. This is an incredible adventure story and a lesson on the value of knowing our own limits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 7/18/2013

    " One of the only audiobooks I've ever listened to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Nilson | 5/29/2013

    " An attempt at an "Into Thin Air" for kayakers book. I liked it. Not a Krakauer author, but a nice read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brycep | 4/24/2013

    " A little slow on the page turning here. The author could have left about half of the setup out comprising of a couple hundred pages and left the adventure section as a long magazine article. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/28/2013

    " This is a good book for whitewater paddlers and extreme sports enthusiasts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya Carlson | 2/16/2013

    " A straight-forward rendition of another ill fated adventure. Not as stirring as Into Thin Air or a eloquent as "In Harm's Way" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/30/2012

    " A great story, but a slower read. Some parts are excellent, others drag a bit - the end brings up some very interesting points, though, about life and the decisions we all make(in this case by extreme sport atheletes). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Thorson | 10/21/2012

    " This is not a compelling read unless you like paddling sports, it's more of a documentary. The technical and cultural aspects of their trip was very interesting. When you're paddling remember, we're just inbetween swims. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 7/31/2012

    " Read it a while back. Don't remember much about it ... it was OK as far as I remember. A group of kayakers wanted to kayak the upper reaches of an unexplored river that originates in the Himalayas. Tragedy strikes on I believe the first day of kayaking. "

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About the Author
Todd Balf, the author of The Last River and a former senior editor for Outside, is a contributing editor to Men’s Journal. He first traveled to Panama’s Darién in 1991—a memorably flawed crossing in which he and his companions traveled by foot, burro, and dugout canoe yet managed to see neither the Pacific nor the Atlantic.
About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.