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Publisher's Summary

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.  

Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying - among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off.

As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across 45 miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.

Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes - a first-person account of the crash and its aftermath - is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: It is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

©2006 Nando Parrado (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An amazing story of bravery and courage." (Booklist)
"This is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family, and love." (Publishers Weekly)

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Moving and disturbing

An amazing story, that is in essence a simple survival story. However the depths in which the author needs to sink to survive are disturbing - mostly because of its reality. There is a large amount of spirituality in the book, but not too much to turn you off (if its not your thing). Great narration, with preface and interview with the author. I listen to many audio books - this is highly recommended. I repeat there are actions the survivors need to take which may be disturbing to some listeners.

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Great story BUT is not the same as the book!

This was a great story! Sadly it was not the same as the book. By that I mean the overall story is the same but the audible version leaves out a LOT of details that the book includes. I ordered the book from Amazon as well as the Audible version so that I could read along. Right away the narrator skips sentences, then chapters, then pages! It was extremely frustrating! NOW, if you only intend on listening, this IS an AMAZING account of the rugby teams survival!

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This Book is Just Perfect

it give us a full understanding of what they experienced in the Andes and how they feel in an frost and snowy hell.

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You won't want to put your device down.

Extremely well told, and interview at end is very moving. Readers of the first telling in the 70s will want to read/listen to this.

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Miracle in the Andes

This book is a must read , Nando Parrada talks about his extraordinary survival in the Andes. The title of this book is perfect because that is exactly what they experienced. A true story of courage, love, and the determination to live.