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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,877 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Simpson Narrator: Daniel Weyman, Andrew Wincott Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck.

A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium.

Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. What happened, and how they dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/16/2014

    " A pretty amazing survival story. I would actually only give it 3.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/4/2014

    " run of the mill climbing survival story. i liked it because i like survival stories. the best part was after he made it out and he and his friend who left him shared words in the tent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/28/2014

    " Recommended to any who enjoy physical/outdoor challenges. Inspiring to me as the Joe details what helped him to survive. Definitely spiritually inspired me even if Joe claims to be atheist. Casual use of profanity. Vivid, breathtaking descriptions awesome geography of the Andes and what it takes to climb them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kirsten | 1/27/2014

    " See 'The Perfect Storm'. Quite a few technical references which impeded me from really visualising and understanding what Simpson was describing. I read this book because I had seen the film about this event, which I found fantastic; I admit that therefore the book had a lot to live up to,and I already knew what 'happened' - however I think Kevin MacDonald is a better director than Simpson is a writer. "

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