The Boys of Everest

  • by Clint Willis
  • Narrated by James Adams
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it? Based on interviews with surviving climbers and others, as well as five decades of journals, expedition accounts, and letters, The Boys of Everest provides the closest thing to an answer that we will ever have. It offers riveting descriptions of what Bonington's Boys found in the mountains, as well as an understanding of what they lost there.

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What the Critics Say

"A dramatic and romantic look at the greatest generation of climbers." (Library Journal)
"[A] gripping adventure saga...of life spent teetering on the edge of the abyss." (Publishers Weekly)
"A death-haunted saga of the scalers of heaven...the same class and caliber (as) Into Thin Air." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Gripping story

Excellent! You really get a taste of how the climbers felt and the life and death decisions they had to make
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- Mr Philip Mackley

Beauty, Determination and Tragedy

This book really is a gem of climbing literature, mountaineering history and both riveting and poetic prose. It is a book for those who are interest in British climbing, the nostalgic end to the 'golden age' of mountaineering just after the 8000m peaks had been climbed, a history of the British on Everest and Bonnington.

The writing and therefore narration, is beautifully poetic. There are many paragraphs that are admittedly assumed and presumed thoughts of those climbers involved, but I believe the mountaineers that survived, have praised the accounts in this book.

It is odd that a book that deals with an activity that is frightening at times, exhilarating at others and all too often sadly tragic, should marry so well with the dialogue which is so soulfully exquisite. Perhaps the best way of describing a book which is, at its core, a grand adventure of determinism, patriotism and courage, is 'sublimely and picturesquely written...and read.'

Ben Waddams
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.