The Climb

  • by Anatoli Boukreev
  • Narrated by Richard Davidson
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest will hold listeners spellbound. A top-rated guide and high altitude climber, Boukreev dictated the raw and powerful details of this ill-fated trek from memories and notes recorded just five days after the catastrophe. In May of 1996, 33 people went up the mountain, but only 28 returned. As two commercial expeditions climbed the world’s highest peak, poor planning, miscommunication, and an unpredictable blizzard conspired to defeat them. Although the author made it back to the safety of his tent, he defied his own pain and exhaustion to go back up the mountain. His rescue attempt saved the lives of three climbers. The events of those two fateful days prompted researchers at MIT to develop new technology that could prevent the recurrence of such a disaster. Narrators Richard M. Davidson and Nelson Runger sensitively convey the full scope of a drama and a tragedy the world hopes never to see again.


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I am an addictive armchair Everest climber! this was a good fix! I am glad he defended himself after being criticised by the novice climber Krakow.
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- Amazon Customer

Well narrated, gripping account of the tragedy

Far more trueful and realistic than the films that have been made of the tragedy on Everest. Highly recommended
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books