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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,830 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Simpson Narrator: Stephen McGann and Simon Chandler Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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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 trauma 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer | 2/19/2014

    " If you want to read a true adventure story about a couple of crazy guys, this is it. WHY WHY WHY would anyone want to climb a mountain under the most dangerous conditions possible, especially when they're both thinking about all the deaths they've witnessed while mountain climbing over the years? I'll tell you why. It's because they're literally slightly mental. The part of them that isn't mental helps them to survive what should have meant certain death. Also, a true miracle occurs, and it's fascinating how they react (or don't react) to that. All I can say is, the prayer of a mother worked! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smartiyan | 2/19/2014

    " The survival story in this book is one to be reckoned with. Although the diction and terminology is somewhat more advanced than the novice reader might know and identify with when it comes to mountaineering, the overall meaning and profound resilience of one man's will to survive is never lost. The story is unbelievable; the writing is satisfactory to tell the tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cate | 1/20/2014

    " I read this in Boston, in January, when our heat was broken. I felt the pain of the arctic climbers. Entertaining for those who like Discovery Channel "I Survived..."-type stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite mountaineering survival story of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Frost | 1/19/2014

    " A unique insight into the world of climbers and challenges faced. I've read all Joe Simpsons books now and would recommend picking up his others. Tails of both physical and mental endurance, battling inner demons and facing realisation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 niloy | 1/19/2014

    " part of the life, you got to stay strong .. emotionally "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 1/15/2014

    " I actually preferred the movie...Joe Simpson is kind of a crappy writer, but it's one hell of a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 1/10/2014

    " Amazing story, and a great follow up to "unbroken" but didn't hold my attention as well. Liked that they had both members narrating. "

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

    " Truly inspirational book. It would be nice to have will and courage of the main characters in this book. I gave it as christmas present to clients several years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starry | 11/30/2013

    " I think this is an incredibly good choice of book for testing and growing your spirit, for stretching the bounds of what you can imagine surviving, for exploring critical decision making, and embracing empathy and non judgement of others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 skye | 11/28/2013

    " Classic survival story, really great writing gets you in his head. I saw the movie a few years ago before my first mountain climb... very cool. The book is a great complement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 10/31/2013

    " This book was very inspiring. It reminds all of us that just when we think there are no other options, our willpower will not allow us to give up. If you enjoy the climbing/mountaineering genre, you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Chesley | 2/22/2013

    " Gripping story of survival - choose your climbing partners carefully! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Baker | 1/6/2013

    " outstanding tale of human endurance and fortitude. Inspiring on many levels. The Dramatization Documentary is also a worthy watch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andhika Nugraheni | 10/26/2012

    " buku ini bercerita tentang perjuangan pendaki gunung untuk mempertahankan hidup di tengah badai, melawan keegoisan atau memihak ke persahabatan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/21/2012

    " It is hard to believe Joe Simpson lived to tell this amazing story. This is an example of a person that, for whatever reason, was to live. We are all capable of much more than we can imagine. He does well in telling his story, and in writing from his climbing partner's point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/11/2012

    " The best bad mountain book I've ever read. Simpson's irrepressible drive to survive and the loyalty of his climbing buddy are truly beyond belief. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Regan | 4/27/2012

    " You need to be a climber to understand this book. Way too many technical terms and it just goes on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 4/12/2012

    " Touching story. Miracle he survived. Don't like mountain climbing, but for some reason I like reading stories of survival by people who do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 4/5/2012

    " Fantastic, amazing story of survival! Read this book if you need reassurance of the human determination and desire to survive at all costs. An AWESOME story with a little Boney M for good measure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 12/21/2011

    " I didn't quite rate it amazing, but the movie based on it was amazing, and I wanted to know more, leading to reading the book. It did not have the same level of tension, possibly because I already knew the story, but it was still well-written and information, and another take on an amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Geiling | 12/3/2011

    " Great short book. A story of courage and perseverance in the face of enormous adversity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/1/2011

    " Unbelievable! I have also seen this movie and it is absolutely amazing! This is a truly inspiring book about a man's spirit and will to live. He proves when you think something is impossible you can find it within yourself to make it happen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brinda | 8/29/2011

    " Well written book about surviving an expedition gone wrong. Very gripping and intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 6/21/2011

    " A quick-un-putdownable read. I was white knuckle page turning by the last few, so much so that I had to take it with me out to dinner and finish it in the bathroom to get to the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charly Oropeza | 6/13/2011

    " This book is about a men named Joe Simpson he wanted to clime a tall maintain. Trout this book he has many challenges for example when he was in a mountain and their was a big storm. I recommend people to read this book because is exiting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 5/15/2011

    " An amazing true story. It was interesting to me to hear him talk about what I recognized as the Spirit guiding him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/10/2011

    " Despite the fact that he wrote the book I kept feeling like he wasn't going to make it. Superior drama, expertly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/10/2011

    " Great adventure story. I've even given it several times as a gift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 4/29/2011

    " A book that simultaneously makes you want to take up climbing but also puts you off for life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/27/2011

    " So intense. Even though I knew his story from Dark Shadows Falling and class discussions at school, it was still gripping. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seanpeters | 4/25/2011

    " Enjoyed all of Joe Simpson books but this one is/was my favorite, in fact, have read it many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonja | 4/16/2011

    " Great story about one man's determination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 3/22/2011

    " Great story but not the writing wasn't as fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 3/5/2011

    " Definitely one of the greats of the mountain climbing/true disaster literature. Difficult to imagine anyone surviving what Simpson went through. More difficult still to imagine anyone finding a way out of the situations he was in. What a will to live! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/4/2011

    " My favorite mountaineering survival story of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/15/2011

    " The story deserves 5 stars, but I got bogged down with the mountain climbing jargon and found myself lost throughout this autobiographical account. Watching the documentary added the richness and depth I was yearning for while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/9/2011

    " Harrowing and inspiring story of a mountain-climbing accident in Argentina. Could not put this book down! Pretty good movie made of the book too-talking heads but interesting! "

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