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  • The Last Great Mountain

  • The First Ascent of Kangchenjunga
  • By: Mick Conefrey
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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The Last Great Mountain

By: Mick Conefrey
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
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Summary

The Last Great Mountain tells the story of the first ascent of Kangchenjunga the third highest but reputedly the hardest mountain in the world. It was an astonishing achievement for a British team led by Everest veteran Charles Evans. Drawing on interviews, diaries and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey begins his story in 1905 with the disastrous first attempt on the mountain by a team led by Aleister Crowley, explores the three dramatic German expeditions of the the late 1920s and brings it all to a climax 50 years later with the first ascent by Joe Brown and George Band. The Last Great Mountain is the final instalment of Mick Conefrey's acclaimed high-altitude trilogy.

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Strong book and narration, very poor editing

I would approximate that at least once every 30 minutes there is a phrase or sentence repeated due to poor editing. One is repeated twice and on one occasion the narrator gets the phrase backwards, repeats the offending word order correctly under his breath and then repeats it again . It's such a shame as it really takes you out of the flow of the narrative each time.

Would still recommend it though, which says a lot about the strength of the writing.

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Wonderful (but audio version marred by glitches)

This is a wonderful story of the first attempts on -- and the first ascent of -- Kangchenjunga. It is well told and we'll narrated. It also honours the men who pitted themselves against the mountain.

The audio version is ruined by dozens of glitches.

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Amazing book but terrible audio

The book is brilliant. its interesting and in depth but without getting boring.
The audio is another matter. It is very badly edited and jumps around. A lot of sections are repeated as the audio jumps back on itself. Avoid this recording and buy the book instead

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Another bit of mountaineering history

Narration was not perfect, with some passages repeated. The story lived up to the others by this author.

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Great and informative but with a few editing misha

Really enjoyed, very well researched and presented A few repeats, enjoyed how credit to editor was mis-edited and repeated

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Good reading poor engineering

great story, very well read but the sound engineer left in all the edits and didn't cut them out so you end up with repeated sections

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Editor’s day off?

Riddled with fluffed and repeated lines. Obviously not the narrator’s fault, who does a fine job, but a problem with the editing (or complete lack, thereof). The book itself is just as gripping as the author’s other works and still recommended, if you’re a fan, despite the production issues.

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3rd highest mountain and 3rd book in the series

Another fantastic book after Everest 53 and Ghosts of K2. All three are well written and narrated. Highly recommended

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Another great account of a peak steeped in history

really enjoyed this tale of a mountain not swamped in pop culture like Everest and K2. Great to hear about the lives and trials of those involved and their worlds extending beyond the mountain itself but as always the most excitement is hearing about the attempts.

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Gripping account not to be missed.

Captivating account of human challenge and endurance. One not to be missed. Easily 5 stars.