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Moments of Doubt and Other Mountaineering Writings
- Narrated by: David de Vries
- Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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This collection of 20 essays and articles on mountaineering and adventure by David Roberts, selected from the published works of two decades, showcases one of the most highly regarded writers in the field. The articles are composed of three types: Adventures (Roberts' own climbs and outings), Profiles (other adventurers), and Reflections (meditative essays about the meaning of the whole business). Roberts ranges the globe (Africa, Alaska, New Guinea) and introduces unique personalities (Reinhold Messner, John Roskelly, Don Sheldon). He also recounts how his own love of writing and the useless pastime of climbing combined to produce the bread and butter of his career today.
Popular with audiences far beyond active mountaineers, Roberts sets himself this challenge: "For me, the abiding puzzle of adventure writing lies in keeping, on the one hand, a sense of proportion about the absurdity of most of our antics in the outdoors, while staying alert, on the other, to the majesty of spirit which at their best those antics demonstrate."
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Roberts, as usual, is a great read/listen
Yes, Roberts is almost always a good listen--I've been an avid fan of his work for years. The reader, however, needs to chill out. Usually Roberts reads his own work, so perhaps I'm spoiled, but i very much miss his low-key approach.
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