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    This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.

    For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

    A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto: "Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers, as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

    No Shortcuts to the Top is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and the beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

    ©2006 Ed Viesturs and David Roberts (P)2006 Books on Tape

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    Gute Bergunterhaltung

    Das Hörbuch fand ich über weite Strecken sehr gelungen, ein wenig Selbstbeweihräucherung ist auch mit dabei. Zurecht. Ich denke der Autor ist mit Recht zu der Bergsteigerelite zu zählen und hat Ahnung von seinem Metier. Für alle, die Jon Krakauer gebannt gelesen haben, wird vieles wiederholt aber auf unterhaltsame Weise. Ich würde mir das Audiobook jedenfalls nochmal kaufen.

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    Captivating and inspiring

    Highly recommended.. this will take you to another world. I couldn't stop listening :) The best mountaineering audiobook in my opinion.

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    Interesting, fantastically read

    It's so hard to believe that Stephen hoye is not really the author of this autobiography. He reads with such credible intonation. Very good voice as well.
    Ed Viesturs account of his life and climbs is interesting and well written. Nothing spectacular, very down to earth. Ed Viesturs seems to have a very pragmatic approach to climbing. But some details on the climbs and also information on what it takes to be a high altitude extreme mountaineer are spread through the book so that it's never monotonous and a book that can be listened to for relaxation.