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  • By: Fergus White
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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By: Fergus White
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Summary

This personal, day-by-day chronicle takes the listener along every step of an Everest climb. A must for climbing enthusiasts, lovers of adventure, and extreme sport junkies; the closing chapters will leave you breathless. 

There is but one aim: the summit, the summit of Mount Everest. What starts with a trouble-free trek into the Nepalese highlands explodes into a gripping tale of hardship, peril and adversity. Pushed beyond their physical and mental limits, climbers drop by the wayside. Their primal instincts for survival battle with their dogged resolve to drag themselves to the top of the world. But the focus remains: battle to the summit, and if successful, somehow get back down again.

©2017 Fergus White (P)2019 Tantor

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Best mountain book i've listened to

I have read and listened to an awful lot of mountain (in particular Everest) books over the last 4/5 years and this tops the lot. Into Thin Air, No Way Down, Ghosts of K2, Ascent, Left for Dead, One Mans Everest, K2, Alone on the Wall, Dark Summit, Eiger Dreams, The Beckoning Silence.......I have it above them all. It starts at the trek in to Everest and brings you on a step by step journey through a full 2 month expedition. It is so brilliantly descriptive that i could picture each moment as it was being described. The narration was excellent, couldn't fault it. And after so many years of hearing stuff like "Anyone can get to the top of Everest, you just need to be reasonably fit" this book completely dispels that myth and tells the true story of climbing the worlds tallest mountain. I didn't want the book to end........So i am currently listening to it again!!! The only book that comes close imo is Touching The Void.

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Meticulous detail but marred by poor narration

The good thing about this book is the day to day detail that more seasoned mountaineers assume that we armchair climbers already know. It really is meticulous in describing, almost hour by hour, what it really feels like to take part in an Everest expedition. The listener really lives the story with the author.

But the narration........! It seems an native Irishman has been chosen, which is excellent as it matches the author's background. But it is a monotone drone from start to finish, even in recounting conversation. I found it excellent to fall asleep to!

Also you can imagine that the word "Crevasse" comes up very frequently in this sort of book. The narrator insists in calling it a "crevice", like a slot down the back of your sofa. This is a serious goof and should have been picked up by the editor

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best Everest book yet

I loved it. I think I must have listened too 10 or more books on climbing and this one was my favourite yet. Written from the perspective of a very humble likeable man and voiced perfectly.

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Enjoyed every, single second.

I've listened to many books on Everest but this was by far my favourite. If you're looking for a big disaster - read The Climb or Into Thin Air. However, if you're looking for an honest, enthralling and sometimes funny account of an average man's journey to reach the summit...this is the book for you.

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Amazing staff

One of the best books on the climbing of Everest I have found.
I struggled slightly with the narrator’s style but this is personal preference.

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An excellent account of the day to day experience of a climbers bid to reach the highest place in the world.

This is really good for the listen that cover’s the whole adventure from start to finish. It gives a day to day account of events that occur while trying to summit the tallest mountain.

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A good listen, not a great one.

It's a great achievement. Huge respect to him. There's possibly a little too much detail of the ascent (step by step) and too little context and history. It's good but seems a little amateurish in places.

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An adventure book with a difference.

This is an adventure book with a difference because it follows a previously novice climber (even that may be too strong a term) in his attempt to summit Everest. It is very well written and the flow and depth has an honesty and authenticity that is often missing from professional Adventurer books. Having read a huge amount of Everest stories, this really is different and captivating. It forgoes any machoism and lays bare the highs, lows and calamities of an amateur trying to summit Everest! Well worth your time.

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You are part of the climb

From the start to the finish you feel you are there with Fergus as he attempts his epic journey. Much better than some of the books written by recognised climbers, Well worth a read / listen. Much of the reason it works is that he is genuinely honest and likeable

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An excellent and detailed book

An excellent and detailed book giving an accurate and detailed account of climbing a mountain. in this case Everest, but much of what is described applies on lesser peaks too.