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Touching the Void

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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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  • 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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  • Kathy in CA
  • 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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  • 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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  • Heather Straub
  • 28/05/2019

Is he a climber who writes or a writer who climbed?

Beautifully done. I love this author’s way with words. There is a section about 3/4 of the way through (sorry I didn’t bookmark it but it’s near where he recites Shakespeare) where he speaks of the moraines and the malevolent, menacing mountain that gave me deep chills. I’ve been alone in the mountains many times and in physically demanding situations. His descriptions of the patterns you get into when you have to keep going are spot on. Although I thankfully have been through nothing even a fraction as arduous as Joe (I suppose I feel like we are almost friends now after hearing about his ordeal), I recognize many of the sentiments. While many in outdoorsy circles have read this book in the US, I don’t think it’s as widely known here as in Great Britain. Maybe we should make it part of US students’ required reading too - so much more relatable (not to mention enjoyable) than the Last of the Mohicans! If you’re thinking of reading this, stop thinking and do it. It’s not too long and not one word was wasted— my measure of great literature.

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  • C. Mueller
  • 19/03/2020

Excellent story

I was hooked after the first chapter. Told by both climbers, the story is thrilling.

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  • Terri
  • 22/02/2020

So Good

A great story, well told & Great narrator as well.
Story of survival, emotional turmoil, struggles of physical & emotional from different perspectives, hope, strength, friendships & the absolute will to live.

I enjoyed the book so much that after listening to the whole thing, I went to Amazon & purchased the movie to watch & add to my collection of true survival stories.

Not all of these kinds of stories and with happy ending, but all are worth reading, listening to it watching. It helps us to come to terms at times, that perhaps our lives, friendships & relationships aren't as bad as we feel it is...after all it could be worse. We don't have a right to complain at times about anything, we are not the only one with a stuggle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/02/2020

Better than the film

Even having seen the film multiple time, I found the story in the book mind boggling. Having both readers from both perspectives tell the story adds a lot.

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  • Loren Trout
  • 14/02/2020

Awesome true story

This is one of the best books I have ever read!
Ps.it is better than Harry Potter.

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  • TSCSHALE
  • 06/01/2020

excellent book! very exciting!

this book was very enjoyable! it was hard to put down from cover to cover. highly recommended.