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Eiger Dreams

Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Lu par : Philip Franklin
Durée : 8 h et 42 min
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.

In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills 13 of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a 400-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.

From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a whiteout on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

©2017 Jon Krakauer (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Justin J DeMutiis
  • 14/04/2018

Jon Krakauer fan

Jon Krakauer with narration by Philip Franklin make for a great combo. This is my third audiobook from the pair, and I am once again impressed. Krakauer‘ memory and description of his own adventures combined with his in depth journalism chronicling a variety of extreme outdoor athletes make for an excellent series of stories in Eiger Dreams. This book has left me with a new appreciation of climbing, and as always leaves me itching to embark on my own adventure. Maybe explore Alaska!

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  • Ronda
  • 09/03/2019

Adventures in mountaineering

I love the way Jon Krakauer writes! He is an excellent story teller that gathers all of your attention. I know no

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  • dion campbell
  • 14/01/2019

Excellent

Well written, funny, harrowing and impeccably narrated tales of adventure in the outdoors from ice climbing to landing tiny planes on glaciers... I loved it.

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  • Martin
  • 24/05/2018

Great stories of rock climbing and mountain men

If you wondering about climbing or mountaineering its a grwat start. Different stories of classics and traditionalist rwaching the summits and conquering the fear.

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  • Ram
  • 07/04/2018

Entertaining but Irresponsible Writing

I got the feeling that the writer had an agenda all along. He relays stories without always confirming they are true. They come across as exaggerated and one-sided, which is a shame because it led me to take the whole book with a grain of salt. For example, canyoneering in Mexico and encountering a Mexican village full of men with scars on their faces and rifles slinging from their shoulders? What!? C’mon man, this is coming from a drunken fireside storyteller. Nowhere in Mexico does such a village exist. Or describing Gary Hemming as a tall blonde god with rugged handsome looks. Hemming was a stud, no doubt, but he was also not how the author depicts him.

Apparently the author wrote about the Central Asia Institute in another book without even going to the source, but he did exploit facts to make it entertaining.

Overall, however, the writing itself is pretty good and the reader was very good.

I do wish more adventure writers were more honest, objective, and respectful of the truth. I will not be reading or listening to more books from this author. Thank you for reading.

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  • emagz90
  • 11/12/2017

A good listener.

I will definitely be listening to this one again. It will never grow old for me.

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  • Dr. Chris P. Hafner
  • 06/01/2019

NOT Like Krakauer’s Other Captivating Books!

Normally, I refrain from writing negative reviews but EIGHRY DREAMS was a terrible waste of a credit. Having read a of Krakauer’s books, I was ecstatic to see this collection, however I was sorely disappointed.
The stories offered very little new info & were delivered in the most droll speech pattern that I fell asleep multiple days & nights during this. I even took a break & returned to it but instead of having to force myself to stop, set sleep timer, & go on, I found myself asleep again having to go back to my bookmark. I do NOT recommend unless trying to torture the adventure reader

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