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The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle-based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope. Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.
©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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Counterpoint to

I have read both "The Climb" and "Into Thin Air". To really appreciate the disaster and heroics of 1996 on Mt. Everest you must read both books.

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Must read to understand 1996 Everest disaster.

Following the 1996 Everest story,reading the book from John Krakauer "Into thin air" this book "The Climb" is must to read as follow up to complete the story with Anatoli witness of situation at Everest that year.With hearing the story from other side as well ,then just from John Krakauer ,who was client at other expedition, from person who was one of the main character of the Scott Fisher expedition ,from Anatoli Boukreev.This book is certainly must to read ,for anyone who is interested to know more details and information about 1996 Everest disaster . In my opinion ,following the story,Anatoli was very strong man ,physically or mentally.He was hero,who was willing to risk his life and did everything he could ,to help those other stranded climbers ,from his and other team as well ,at that big high mountain that day.
Hope he rest in peace !

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Good but a little stale

This book does a great job presenting the facts, but it's more of detailed listing of actions rather then an description of the experience. It depends on what you're looking for. If you want the black and white facts this book is for you. If you're looking for an adventure novel you'll be disappointed.

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So Interesting, I listened twice.

I am; I admit; one of those armchair climbers. With neither the ability nor the means to ever climb anything more than a hill, I have been long fascinated by climbers, what motivates them? What leads to success? Why do they do it? After reading many books on Everest, I had been lead to wondering even "should we?"
I had read Into Thin Air more than once, and wanted another view of the story. Anatoli Boukreev, deeply respected climber takes us there in this fascintaing other view of the fateful climb of 1996.
This book is a must read if you've read Into Thin Air. This is a wonderfully written, wonderfully read account. I was so intrigued that I listened twice, to better understand the quietly stated things. Boukreev rarely points fingers, but he does defend the actions of some, including himself, who have been criticised. He does it by explaining conditions, "mountain thinking" and sometimes by shining a light into dark corners.
I concluded by thinking what a wonderful man Anatoli Boukreev must have been. And he even brought me around to an understanding of the oxygen /no oxygen debate.
The narration was great. Narrated well (a couple of slight mistakes ...but I blame the editing for those, they were mis speaks ) . The narrator gets out of the way, and allows the story to open up. One of the best buys in a long while.

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If you REALLY want to know what happend, read this book!

I've read Krakouer's book and after his I read this one on the same subject. I thought I had got it rather ok firstly but some stuff didn't sound logical to me. It did'nt add up. After reading this book I actually got it. Things made more sense. Boukareev, a true hero, shares his own words on what happend during the disaster 1996 and also describes what a sorry circus climbing mount Everest now has become. This brave man should be heared. I wish there were more genuine climbers out there with both the right intentions and true a heart, like Boukareev. May he now rest in peace!

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Not the best of the stories

I had read "into Thin Air" and wanted to know more about the climb described in that book. Simply, this book is not as interesting. Not horrible, but just not the best of the choices

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Over the Top

Sorry, but the author's fascination with detail became annoying to me after a couple of hours. I learned more about facts than I did about feelings, and if you're after that then this is the book for you. Not my thing.

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Riveting Account

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a riveting, heartrending account of the Everst disaster. It discusses the many factors that led to the final outcome on the mountain for the ill-fated expeditions, and does so from the pespective of one of those involved. Moreover, Boukreev was at the time one of the best mountaineers in the world - so good that he had repeatedly summited Everest without supplemental oxygen. He understood the mountain and the conditions, as well as his own strengths and limitations, and his account is informed by his intimate understanding of the rigors and challenges of extreme high-altitude mountaineering.

This account is, in my opinion, far superior to Krakauer's ("Into This Air"), which comes off as being self-serving and a bit whiny. Even before I read "The Climb", I was dissatisfied with Krakauer's account; there was something in it that rang false to me (this was part of the reason I sought out another account). He seems to have had a vendetta about Boukreev, but it should be noted that Boukreev repeatedly risked his own life to go out and search for descending mountaineers in trouble, and Krakauer did not. Krakauer contended that he was just too exhausted and that he might end up as someone else in need of rescue, instead of being of assistance. This is a valid point, and I take no issue with that. However, the fact that Boukreev a) was NOT too exhausted to try, and b) had the courage and selflessness to do so, renders Krakauer's complaints and apersions (if not outright attacks) against Boukreev all the more craven.

Very much worth the listen.

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Better than Into Thin Air

This book provides an alternative look into the tragedy on Mount Everest. The author, an experienced mountaineer and guide who was accustomed to climbing without oxygen, was perhaps in shape of all to tell the story of that ill fated day. Apart from the story of the tragedy and heroism of the author, the reader can gain some appreciation for the enormous challenges of high altitude climbing.

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Well written stort of strong ang humble man.

Loved it! Finished it in a day. Breathtaking adventure story of an outstanding montclimber. Sadly Into thin air is way more popular.

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  • Guy
  • 06-15-07

The Climb

This is one of the most gripping stories i have heard or read.
I first read the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer of how this tragedy happeded, once finished i felt that the russian climber Anatoli Bourkreev seemed to not have done is job properly and was possibly to blame for a number of the eight deaths that happened that day. The worst day in Everest history. so when i found that The Climb had been written I had to know more. I am glad that i did, I belive that the climb gives a much more balanced account of what happed. Anatoli Bourkreev was an incredbly brave and strong man. There are a number of witness reports in the story to prove this, whilst Krakauers book is based on assumptions and his thoughts of what happened, Bourkreev had even helped him durring those terrible few hours He seems to have a real axe to grind. Why not listen to both and see what you think.

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  • james
  • 08-18-16

Outstanding

Absolutely amazing story very well read by the narrator. I'm very sad to hear that Anatoli Boukreev lost his life about a year after this book was written. He was a very brave and talented climber. I have listened to many books and this is in my top 5 easily. It's 1 of those books you can't stop thinking about for weeks after.

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  • R
  • 12-06-15

A real insight into the lead up of a tragic disast

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Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev

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Boukreev's account of the 1996 Everest Disaster start's long before Everest itself ever comes into view and gives some fascinating insights into commercial mountaineering and the organisation that goes into expeditions such as that to Everest. Boukreev's book doesn't dwell on the history of the mountain but gives a full account of events from his perspective without trying to second-guess the actions of others. Intelligently and emotionally told, one gets a sense of the perfect storm of circumstances that led to the disaster and differing ways in which people responded. Only disappointment was that there was no afterword from friends or family following Boukreev's untimely death, leaving his story feeling like it lacked a final chapter.

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  • rachel marchant
  • 02-19-19

A fascinating Insight

I have a lot of time for the late Anatloi Boukreev, and was fascinated by the insight that this Boukreev-DeWalt partnership gave to the infamous 1996 Everest incident. Jon Krakauer's knee-jerk warts-and-all ego-massage has never rested well with the mountaineering community, but is so well written that it became an instant classic that has dominated public perception of the incident.

Bias drips from Krakauer's tome. Alternative accounts have always been vital, and perhaps no more so than in this case.

This book lacks literary verve. But, stripped from linguistic junk, it's an honest and fascinating insight that allows an important voice to emerge. The Climb is not well written. It's not particularly well read. But it is a must-read.

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  • Katie Murphy
  • 07-04-21

Must read!!

Excellent telling of the 96 disaster. Boukreev = an unsung hero. Get this and not “Into Thin Air”!!

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  • Andrew Dearden
  • 10-17-17

a great read

Great book but the long pauses were a little annoying. I would still recommended though.

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  • bbk
  • 08-25-21

The story from the Scott Fischer expedition angle

If you're interested in the 1996 Everest disaster, as it's known, you'd do well to check out Boukreev's version, not just Krakauer's account. I actually have not read that one yet but I have it lined up. I wish I could find the other versions survivors of the tragedy have published (I mean on audible), not because I enjoy finger pointing but to get a broader feel about the people who are or were part of this phase of modern mountaineering.

Whatever you believe the reasons were behind this event, it's always good to hear several sides. This rendition of Boukreev's opinion gives you a clear, straightforward timeline of the events as he experienced them, as well as a brief description of the Indonesian expedition to the summit he lead in 1997, in which he clearly wanted to improve upon the client selection, organisation and communication problems he encountered with the Fischer led expedition.

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  • Crampon
  • 10-28-20

Good response to Jon Krakaue 1996 Everest Tragedy

Fascinating Insight into the tragic 1986 Everest season, told by Anatoli Boukreev. May he rest in peace.

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  • jeffroQ
  • 03-09-19

Fantastic account of events and of the Man

I’ve read in to thin air which I thought was ok but this for me is a way better book.

Much more balanced view which I am sure comes from the fact that there was no real agenda to produce a sensationalised version of events for an article or to try and write a best seller.

Just a humble account of what actually happened from the point of view of the only persons lucid enough at the time to be able to accurately recount the events.

Highly recommended.

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  • Francisco
  • 10-02-12

If you read Into Thin Air, you must hear this

Gripping and suspenseful, the story of the tragic 1996 Everest disaster that cost many people their lives as told from the point of view of one of the guides from the Mountain Madness team who survived. To note that Anatoli Boukreev is one of the best high altitude climbers of his day and his story provides an expert's insight into what happened and also commentary on the risky sport of climbing the world's tallest peaks. This story is told in part as an answer to John Krakauer's version of the event in Into Thin Air, it fills in details that Krakauer failed to or didn't wish to present in his book. It also goes beyond the just telling of the fateful Everest disaster but also tells of Anatoli's return trek to the mountain afterward. It is a fascinating listen!

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  • Renee
  • 03-03-22

Interesting Perspective

I love reading about this tragedy as, being a New Zealander, it is a little closer to home than a lot of other mountaineering books. I find it really interesting to hear of this disaster from another point of view.

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  • Roger
  • 11-07-19

Compelling and courageous

One of the best read audible books I’ve listened to, the performance is worthy of the story. A simply riveting voyage that escalates into an irresistible disaster. One climber’s endurance and courage in the face of horrendous conditions and total exhaustion is the only lifeline that keeps the members of his group hanging on. Exceptional.

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  • kris
  • 10-06-16

An open account of a tragedy without the blame

I found it very easy to listen to this audiobook. The performance was well done and the story was well written.

It appears that this account of the tragic Everest season pulled it's information from multiple sources and interviews. very interesting to see how a series of small decisions can lead to such a sad loss of life.