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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Michelle | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite mountaineering survival story of all time. "

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