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Aron Ralston, an experienced 27-year-old outdoorsman, was on a days solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an 800-pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight.

Yet with the new morning came an epiphany: if he could use the rocks vise-like hold to break his arm bones, his blunted pocketknife could serve as a surgeons blade....

©2010 Simon & Schuster Audio; 2010 Aron Ralston

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Great book

Loved it, read the book in 2006, loved the story reminded me of my own battle with life. Thanks for the story.

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Simply the best book I've ever read...

Which is ironic given I felt the first hour was really a bit of a filler and its a short book! Though really, if you are on the fence, I really recommend you go for it. You feel like you are right there, wondering what you would do. Wondering if you could do the same. An parts will almost give you a tingle down your spine. I wish the book did not end. I wish he had added more as the years went on. Maybe one day... So please give this a try!

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Terrific

Wonderful book loved the movie but wanted to hear the whole story. What a ride

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Epic!

wow what a truly amazing story!!! awesome that Aaron was the narrator as well. .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2017

Audio and book don't match

After having already read the book the Audio does not match what the book included and was rather disappointing.

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  • Kacy
  • 30-08-2013

Better than the movie

If you could sum up 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In) in three words, what would they be?

I saw the film and heard some snippets of Ralston's interviews online. This made me wonder why he said he wouldn't avoid this accident if he were to do it over again. This book helped to explain what the experience has done to enrich the author's life. Although the book would do a service to readers by adding some advice on avoiding similar incidents, it's a great story from a standpoint of overcoming adversity, facing fears, "growing" spiritually/intellectually, etc. The book does not, however, provide much advice in terms of "lessons learned." I enjoyed that it was ready by Aron Ralston himself. I always like audio books that are read by their own authors; you can be pretty sure that all the voice inflections are correct interpretations of the author's tone.

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  • rhl
  • 06-02-2018

The Movie Didn't Tell Half the Story

The movie 127 hours didn't tell half of this story. It never showed Aron as more than some random guy with no outdoor experience who went out to the desert by himself and didn't tell anyone. It never explained his extensive professional-level climbing and mountaineering expertise, nor his search and rescue training, his successful bid to winter solo-climb all of Colorado's 14ers, and it never explored the spiritual aspect of this event. After hearing this book, as read by Aron himself, I feel as if every viewer was ripped off by the movie, and it was most unfair to Aron, himself.

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  • Lauren's Lpatop
  • 03-11-2015

Between a Rock and a hard place

The audio didn't even match the book 3/4 of the time, it a big disappointment, it's a good book, but the audio could at least match the book!

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  • D.
  • 10-05-2012

Couldn't watch the movie?

It was neat to listen to the voice of Aaron retell his own story. That said, he isn't an actor, but the way it was told is true to character. I'd already read quite a bit about the story, I'd watched NBC's report with Tom Brokaw. This book made me feel like I was there in the slot with him. Small warning, about the use of the F*** word just after he gets trapped by the rock. Other than that I'd recomend it to any young reader.
If you listen to the story with the intent to criticize the author for mistakes made, or to second guess him "Well I would have done....." then you will not get the most out of this book. Rather this book can teach how amazing the will to live, and explore really is. It is an inspiring book.
I started competitive Rock Climbing in 1996, and since then have drifted between the worlds of bouldering, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and even have a few big walls, under my belt. This book is fuel to get me home.

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  • Sharon Vannier
  • 14-04-2018

127 Hours

What did you love best about 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)?

Having Aron himself narrate the book was a huge positive. He brought more emotional connection to the events than another narrator would.

What did you like best about this story?

This version goes along with the revised book. It moved at a good pace (not too slow of a reading) and was clear to understand.

What does Aron Ralston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, his emotional connection to the story made it much more interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I had the original copy of "Between a Rock" and this audio version skips a lot of the original text. Buyer beware if you are reading along--you will have portions that skip multiple pages of the original text (but goes along with the revised/newer edition).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-2021

Not the same as the book!

To be fair I have read this book more than any other book(like 4-5x) and truly enjoy the story. That being said this audio version totally excludes all the best side stories like him climbing in arizona, Wyoming and Colorado! So many cool stories they should have included in the audiobook! In hindsight I should have just read the book again and avoided the audio all together.

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  • Chanda B
  • 01-10-2020

Didn’t match the book.

I wanted to try audible and follow along with the book but they do not match up at all.

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  • Nicholas
  • 09-08-2020

Movie is accurate

The movie does a pretty good job at capturing a lot of the details described in this book.

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  • Erik Josephson
  • 31-07-2020

Man vs Rock - the 127 hour chess match

This is one of my favorite movies, though I have found that it’s hard to convince anyone to sit through a movie with this movie’s plot summary. An outdoorsman gets his arm stuck under a rock and after being mentally tortured for days, he decides to cut his arm off. It sounds dark and depressing, like an outdoor nature version of the movie Saw. Instead, both the movie and the book are the opposite of dark and depressing. This is a true story that happened in 2003 and I remember hearing about it at the time. It sounded so insane to me, like it was on some other world. I couldn’t imagine what would be going through a person’s mind to say, “Ok, I will now break my bones and cut through my arm with this dull blade.” I’m very glad that he survived and I’m even more glad that he wrote a book to walk us through his thought process. Why is this an effective book? Through a plot device of something as simple as a giant rock, this story pins down (pun intended) the essence of being a person and finding a will to live. In reading the book, you can clearly see the stages that he goes through, starting with denial then proceeding to anger, despair, humor, acceptance, and ultimately an absolutely focused mind on walking out of that canyon. Even though you know he gets out, it works because all of his states of mind are so understandable. Through the ordeal, he has to stay calm and logical even though the most likely outcome of the situation is that he dies in these insignificant and obscure circumstances. How can you not panic? This is crucial in this primal chess match that he’s playing against the boulder on top of his arm. It’s a classic tale of man vs. nature constrained into a very stationary setting. The book divides this story with flashbacks to how he came to love the outdoors. I found myself waiting for him to get back to the main story, and I would be okay with a truncated back story. However, I loved the sideways flashes to what his friends and family were doing at the time. Had they not acted, Aron most likely would have escaped from the boulder only to die at some other part of the canyon, which would have been the least satisfying conclusion I can imagine. Aron describes the moment that he cut his arm off and stepped back from the rock as the happiest moment in his life. It’s a profound thought, and a profound insight into the nature of happiness itself. Maybe I should take back what I said at the beginning. Maybe the Saw franchise was on to something.

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  • Kate
  • 19-09-2016

Excellent Story

I watched the movie and decided that I would listen to the audio book. I wasn't disappointed. Aron narrates the piece and he places you in the canyon alongside him.

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  • James
  • 10-09-2015

Amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In) to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book nor watch the film but this audio book is amazing, Aron is an inspirational person.

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A must listen!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-2020

hard at times

was a hard listen at times, very graphic and a good listen, didn't realise it's abridged which is a shame... only found out at the end.

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  • davey2coops
  • 30-01-2020

Brilliant

Finished this in a day as I couldn't stop listening. I'd scene the film and wanted to know more. I wasn't disappointed as this covers before during and after the event. Great listen

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  • wILL
  • 11-09-2019

Amazing

Have read the book, and watched the film. Got the audio book when going into hospital to have my leg amputated below knee. Help me realise that some people have it a lot worse than I do. Thank you for sharing your story Aron Ralston, you are one brave man.

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  • Ms. G. Sinclair
  • 26-01-2018

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Aron has a natural storytelling voice. Listening to him narrate this experience encourages us, the Iistener, to journey with him through Canyonlands National Park with him . To experience the joy and the solitude with Aron. To experience the subsequent accident and entrapment as surely as though it is you, the listener, who is trapped by the chok stone. Stranger you feel not pity nor sorrow for Aron but rather hope and strength. You believe that your positive thoughts and vibes will aid this young man in to finding a way to free himself from the rock and help him return to the ones he loves. This is not a tale of a hero but simply that of a young man who's passion for the outdoors has lead him to this place. An extreme situation and an even more extreme solution.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2017

decent

Loved the film so decided to check out the book and NOT OH BOY IT WAS RIVETTING!

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  • charlene
  • 06-03-2016

inspirational..marvellous...

A survival story like no other, couldn't stop listening. a truly magnificent story told with such passion and I truly felt enlightened by the end. everyone could learn something from his experience.

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