• Miracle in the Andes

  • 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
  • By: Nando Parrado
  • Narrated by: Josh Davis, Nando Parrado
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On 13 October 1972, the members of a top Uruguayan rugby team were flying over the Andes to play in Chile. Their plane crashed into a mountain and was stranded 11,000 feet up on an inhospitable glacier. Many died instantly in the crash, including the person sitting next to Nando, but others survived. They had almost no food or suitable equipment to withstand temperatures as low as -35C, and had to eat the bodies of their dead team-mates to survive. With the prospect only of a slow death, and no rescue likely, Nando and one of his friends set off on an impossible journey, walking and climbing for ten days in search of help. Finally, after 72 days, the 16 survivors were brought to safety.
©2006 Nando Parrado (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"His story is awesome. It is also enthralling, inspirational, and an impressive testimony to one man's unquenchable instinct for survival and to the amazing resilience of the human spirit." (Daily Mail)

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Pure raw and beautiful

I’m filled with so many emotions and insights after finishing listening to this beautiful book. My lessons won’t be your lessons, so I won’t dive into them. It’s a story about human survival instinct as raw as it comes, courage, emotions and power of LOVE among others.
Audio version at the end has an interview with Nando, and hearing his voice commenting on his journey and book is a great bonus I especially loved. Whole book narration is wonderful in fact. I didn’t read “Alive”, so can’t compare.
All in all, can’t recommend it highly enough, especially audio version.

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  • jc
  • 08-31-16

The best survival story I know of

Such a heroic bunch of survivors told from within the authors mind and emotions. Really a true miracle they survived a plane crash in a mountain range, lived in it for 60 days and then fuelled on meat from dead bodies walked 70 miles to find help

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  • Alistair
  • 08-12-06

Best book I have read from audible.

A personal account of how a young man escaped from almost certain death, after a plane crash in the Andes and what he gained from the ordeal. Beatifully written and inspiring.

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  • willingfaith
  • 07-03-22

One man’s viewpoint

It’s brilliant to get to experience the actual thoughts of someone who was on the plane, but this was very skewed to having him be the most important person who made survival for all the others possible.

Was a very nice touch to hear some of the audio in the actual voice of the survivor but I feel that the interview section was pointless as all the questions had already been addressed in the book.

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  • Daniel Marrable
  • 05-24-20

Disturbing yet rivetting.

a tale of survival that is in depth and disturbing, yet shows the strength of human will.

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  • Callum Villmeter
  • 03-10-20

Beautiful and memorable life review.

A beautiful experience to hear and share. May they all live in peace champions

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  • Tara O Donovan
  • 02-09-19

Incredible

A powerful tale of the strength and resilience it took Nando Parrado and his fellow survivors to help each other survive told with an incredible humility and depth of character.

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  • James
  • 09-02-08

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An excellent listen, highly recomended,an amazing story,well written and told

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  • Christine Fyfe
  • 07-05-20

A must listen

An amazing true account of a real life event. It was particularly interesting amidst so much else to have the difference between a documentary and then Nanndo',s account of the humanity associated with the ordeal

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  • Christine
  • 06-26-19

Fantastic!

A must listen to account of how to accept adversity and continue living a meaningful life