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On 13 October 1972, the members of a top Uruguayan rugby team were flying over the Andes to play in Chile. Their plane crashed into a mountain and was stranded 11,000 feet up on an inhospitable glacier. Many died instantly in the crash, including the person sitting next to Nando, but others survived. They had almost no food or suitable equipment to withstand temperatures as low as -35C, and had to eat the bodies of their dead team-mates to survive. With the prospect only of a slow death, and no rescue likely, Nando and one of his friends set off on an impossible journey, walking and climbing for ten days in search of help. Finally, after 72 days, the 16 survivors were brought to safety.
©2006 Nando Parrado (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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"His story is awesome. It is also enthralling, inspirational, and an impressive testimony to one man's unquenchable instinct for survival and to the amazing resilience of the human spirit." (Daily Mail)

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  • jc
  • 31-08-2016

The best survival story I know of

Such a heroic bunch of survivors told from within the authors mind and emotions. Really a true miracle they survived a plane crash in a mountain range, lived in it for 60 days and then fuelled on meat from dead bodies walked 70 miles to find help

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  • Alistair
  • 12-08-2006

Best book I have read from audible.

A personal account of how a young man escaped from almost certain death, after a plane crash in the Andes and what he gained from the ordeal. Beatifully written and inspiring.

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  • James
  • 02-09-2008

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An excellent listen, highly recomended,an amazing story,well written and told