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  • Ascent into Hell

  • By: Fergus White
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (54 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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Fantastic!

riveting account from beginning to end. It's as if I experienced Fergus' jouurney first hand

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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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My go to account of the Everest Climb

This is my 4th listen. Listening to the journey you can imagine being on the Mountain yourself. I wonderful first person perspective. Honest and raw.

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Fantastic account of the journey to Everest summit

The detail should give this book a prominent place among the journals written about submitting Everest.
Loved the story but not the narrator

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A bit boring to start but ending made up for it

Started of more like a descent into boredom (did we really need to know about every toilet break?) and just involved going up and down the mountain with not much of interest happening however the last two hours were more exciting and made up for it.

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