Ghosts of K2

  • by Mick Conefrey
  • Narrated by Barnaby Edwards
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At 28,251 feet, K2 might be almost 800 feet shorter than Everest, but it’s a far harder climb. It will kill you on the way up and the way down.
Mick Conefrey guides us through the early story of the legendary mountain and the extraordinary attempts that led up to its first ascent in 1954 - these are tales of riveting drama and unimaginable tragedy.
Starting with the ill-fated attempts of the drug-addicted occultist Aleister Crowley and the wealthy Italian Duke of Abruzzi, the book then focusses on the three dramatic expeditions of 1939, 1953 and 1954.
The thread joining them together is the American Charlie Houston - a brilliant but tortured expedition leader who dreamed of being the first man to make it all the way to the top.
Based on exclusive interviews with surviving team members and their families and access to diaries and letters that have been archived around the world, this is a narrative that evokes the true atmosphere of the 'Savage Mountain' and explores the complicated legacy of the first ascent.
Wrought with tension and populated by tragic heroes and eccentric dreamers, Ghosts of K2 is a masterpiece of mountaineering literature.


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The story behind the story - very good

I read the previous book (Everest) first and so had high expectations.

The obvious research really shows that the author knows his stuff and weaves the information into an intriguing series of events. Not quite the exciting story as Everest as the climax was lacking, but that's not the point of the book, that's the set up for the story behind the story.

The end is great and truly compelling. It's fantastic to peel back the layers around the team that you come to know well through the initial adventure, only to see them in differing light- some from several view points.

Highly recommended
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- Andrew


As a non-mountaineer, I came to this book with little to no knowledge of high altitude climbing or of K2. The book was recommended by the author Sarah Lotz in her excellent novel about Everest 'The White Road' and, having read hat, I wanted to know more about climbing and the history of some of the world's highest peaks. This didn't disappoint. It's a well researched, thorough (without being too dense for the layperson) and fascinating account of the various expeditions to K2. The audio is well narrated with a nice pace for easy listening. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about K2.
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- "emeraldstargazer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios