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Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck.

A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium.

Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. What happened, and how they dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

©1988 Joe Simpson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Kathy
  • 14/04/2014

Frightening, emotional & heart-warming true story!

I saw the movie and have never been able to get the story out of my mind. Touching the Void is a true story, a miracle of sorts--a mountaineer left for dead by his climbing partner and his incredible struggle to live. I have always wondered how this could have happened and more particularly, how Joe and Simon felt about what happened. Specifically, how did Joe Simpson feel about his climbing partner after the ordeal? How did Simon Yates react when he learned Joe was still alive when he abandoned him. You can't rely on a movie to tell the real story but you can rely on this book's narrative. It includes segments also by Joe's climbing partner, Simon Yates.

This is an incredible story, beautifully written and very moving. The narration was excellent and I highly recommend this book.

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  • David Shear
  • 17/01/2014

Wonderfully told true story

Too often, books written based on a true story include too much hyperbole in turning the main character into a hero that did nothing wrong. This story is raw, and honest, and believable, and really well told.

The best part about this story is that it's true. No really, it's true. As you join Simpson in this tale, you'll find yourself saying "no way," but wow, it really happened.

The end of this story wrapped it up so well for me. I won't spoil anything in case you don't already know what happens, but I'll say, that any questions I had were answered by the end.

Whether you are a skier, a hiker, a mountaineer, or just love a great story about human strength and endurance, you'll love this story.

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  • Mark L. Berry
  • 12/05/2016

Captivating Story

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

Given to me by a climber friend. Awesome insight into that extreme sport.

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Captivating story told in alternating first person. I want to see the documentary next.

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  • PoorMannsRose
  • 18/10/2013

Amazing

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For the non climbers, unfamiliar Mountaineering terminology can leave comprehension gaps in the audio version ( whereas easy to look up if reading ) but still a great story

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  • Martin
  • 29/04/2018

Great one man survivor story

Captivating tale of a mans struggle and solo survival after the rope is cut and hope is lost.

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  • Ugway
  • 09/04/2018

Breath takingly amazing

The manner of narration is as if we are there with Joe and Simon on the mountains ...!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/08/2017

Gutrenching dilemma

It's a tedious start until the disaster, but the rest of the story is riveting!

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  • Leo Morales
  • 14/07/2017

This book was twice as long as it needed to be.

This book could have been written in half the words. The listener doesn't care about every rock Joe or Simon stops at. I recommend the video.

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  • leelee8888
  • 26/05/2017

Liked this ALOT!

Very good first person account of the harrowing True story of one man story of survival in the Swiss Alps.

The book did not hesitate to jump right in to the life changing , harrowing event , and did not waste anytime on the typical and sometimes boring backgrounds of the climbers or the family , which has its pro and cons.

It does maintain its pace throughout even for those who are not familiar with the sport of climbing. I sucked right in and felt the bitter -20° windchill with them as it was recounted detail by mind chilling detail.

It's a quick and interesting read and I promise you will have mixed feelings in the end about what you consider "right" thing vs "moral" thing and I still wonder what I would have done. So I think the book has left a mark , as long as I have a question then I am sure this book will stick with me for quite some time to come.

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  • simon
  • 13/05/2017

Inspiring...

We only have one life... Amazingly most of us just cruise through it... Complaining about the mundane. Nearly losing everything enables true perspective!