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The Push

Sprecher: Johnathan McClain
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Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain.

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route.

Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.

Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges: in his early 20s, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife and main climbing partner left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan's biggest, steepest, blankest face: the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone.

©2018 Tommy Caldwell (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"Push" or "Regread"

Yes, after several hours of whiney repetition of being evil because he pushed his kidnapper down a cliff the reader got it. TC is a regreting machine. To an unbearable degree that one wonders why he actually did it. For a life of regret? For his self centered girlfriend? Why not dying as starving hostage to be the pure good guy. TC don't take the effort to research some human psychology to understand his actions. People are living things. And living things want to live. Whatever it takes. That's the epiphany the reader want so shout at the author. Only ridiculous self-righteous people would judge one as an evil person because one kills his own gun equipped kidnapper. And then, surprise, the kidnapper survived the push. Not enough. The author enjoys torturing the reader with his regrets too much. He keeps going.

In the end, the books gains substance by the telling about the authors father. A whole book about him would be a better choice.

Well, sometimes the book is about the actual climbing of TC. But there he succeeds. And, yeah, success, of course, comes with regrets. So why bother with the way that led to the success when you can dig in the absurd amount of regret afterwards?

The title of the book is misleading. It should renamed into "Regread". That would give a hint of the artificially heavy moral and the absolutely boring reader.

Of you are lucky, though, you can harness some live tips from TC's father. That keeps the 3 stars in the review.

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great book

impressive and very captivating story about incredible commitment to the project in life of Tommy.