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  • By: Fergus White
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Ascent into Hell

By: Fergus White
Narrated by: Roger Clark
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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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Worth the Read

Fabulous - a brilliant day to day insight into an attempt to summit Everest. All the highs & lows

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Funny, detailed and slightly harrowing

A great story told in a humorous way, worth reading if you want to know what it's really like to climb Everest

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A unique report on climbing Everest

I've read many books on mountaineering, some good, some less so, and I've never been really disappointed by any of them. But this is unique; a blow by blow account of the daily grind involved in climbing Everest. I found it fascinating, so much so I was almost emotional at the end. This book is a quite a journey, don't miss it.

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Reality

Every detail of the challenge. No romanticised tail. Should be listened too by every budding mountaineer

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A roller-coaster white knuckle ride

So if you're thinking , who's the climber? Is he famous? No. So why should you read about a Nobby Nobody on an Everest quest. Because he's a normal bloke, entering his middle age and seeing if he has the skills, the fitness and the balls to do it before old age creeps in. And what a read. I have read many many Everest books, this is the best of them. Thats a bold statement, I know. But this is a warts and all account and no details left untold. I felt exhausted after reading it. Felt almost like I took every step

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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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