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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great book, shame about the reading

exciting and made me feel as though I was being introduced to the people involved and learned about them as individuals....I began to understand 'why' and also 'how'. This was despite nearly terminating the book several times due to the appalling reading!
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- David

so good it gives you vertigo

As a non-climber I wondered if I would enjoy this book, but I really really did. Well written, some of it in prose style, rather than just a dry factual account, it transports you to the cold, dangerous and wind bitten faces of the worlds great mountains. It makes you wonder why they do it!
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- Nigel

Book Details

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