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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.

In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills 13 of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a 400-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible.

From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a whiteout on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

©2017 Jon Krakauer (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Elrik
  • 30-05-2020

Tears to my eyes

This winter, after an especially powerful acid trip inspired mystical visions all revolving around rock climbing, I began climbing in earnest. This book, along with "into thin air", have been acting as jet fuel to propel me forward in my endeavors and stoke the spiritual fire that pushes me into ever greater adventures with rock. So blessed to have Krakauer in my life! If your into mountaineering or climbing in any regard, you will love this book.

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  • JohnS
  • 02-11-2019

mediocre, uninspiring writing.

this book will definitely not be going in my mountaineering section of books. disposable, magazine level. and next time, get a reader who can pronounce French.

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  • Justin J DeMutiis
  • 14-04-2018

Jon Krakauer fan

Jon Krakauer with narration by Philip Franklin make for a great combo. This is my third audiobook from the pair, and I am once again impressed. Krakauer‘ memory and description of his own adventures combined with his in depth journalism chronicling a variety of extreme outdoor athletes make for an excellent series of stories in Eiger Dreams. This book has left me with a new appreciation of climbing, and as always leaves me itching to embark on my own adventure. Maybe explore Alaska!

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  • Ram
  • 07-04-2018

Entertaining but Irresponsible Writing

I got the feeling that the writer had an agenda all along. He relays stories without always confirming they are true. They come across as exaggerated and one-sided, which is a shame because it led me to take the whole book with a grain of salt. For example, canyoneering in Mexico and encountering a Mexican village full of men with scars on their faces and rifles slinging from their shoulders? What!? C’mon man, this is coming from a drunken fireside storyteller. Nowhere in Mexico does such a village exist. Or describing Gary Hemming as a tall blonde god with rugged handsome looks. Hemming was a stud, no doubt, but he was also not how the author depicts him. Apparently the author wrote about the Central Asia Institute in another book without even going to the source, but he did exploit facts to make it entertaining. Overall, however, the writing itself is pretty good and the reader was very good. I do wish more adventure writers were more honest, objective, and respectful of the truth. I will not be reading or listening to more books from this author. Thank you for reading.

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  • J. Slutzky
  • 24-10-2020

good so far

I can't get over fact that narrator doesn't know how to pronounce three word Himalaya 🤣

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  • Dr.
  • 24-09-2020

Amazing and inspiring stories. So-so narration.

This book is a brilliant selection of short stories from a unique and facinating voice in the field. There is a nice harmony and theme to the disparate stories, all brilliantly told. The narration is okay, but the caricatures they chose to represent some of the French and British characters was a little bizarre and I can't hear them say "Yvon Chouinard" that way even once more.

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  • Robert
  • 20-09-2020

Better for climbers than lay persons

I like Krakauer’s writings. This collection is climber-centric. I am a climber from prior to the period during and about which he was writing. I found his perspectives interesting and for the most part accurate. This gave the works a bit of a “memory lane” aspect for me. My presumption is that non-climbers may find the details of various climbs and certain features and descriptions to be relatively meaningless. Be forewarned.

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  • Carly Lu
  • 25-09-2019

Fantastic writing & awesome narrator

I hadn't read Jon Krakauer in awhile and had forgotten how effortlessly his prose flows. It's so absorbing I actually forget how good the writing is -- which I think is the sign of a true master of language: weaving words that are so spot on they don't call attention to themselves. Nice collection too. The story of the Burgess brothers had me laughing so hard I had to listen to it again. The narrator was also SUPERB. I often hate it when narrators attempt to use different voices or accents (or worse, genders!) But Philip Franklin not only does various accents and manners of speaking well, he does them subtly enough that it's just enough to set the tone without being distracting. Probably the best narrator I've heard on Audible. (And this is from the late 90's when the production was done for Books on Tape -- hope he's still active!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2019

GREAT STORIES GREAT PERFORMANCES

the accounts are riveting the author really paints a picture for the reader and the narrator is really good.

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  • Tobin
  • 16-07-2019

Fantastic

This has just become my favorite book. In fact I purchased a hard copy to read when I'm in the back country. I have been a Krakauer fan for a long time and have read a majority of his books. The way that he portrays his adventures humbly intertwined with the adventures of others is unrivaled. 10/10 recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-2019

Step by step excitement

Climbing some of the most challenging peaks around the world, You are with Jon Krakaur every step of the way in each exciting chapter. The narrator's voice is great I Loved it!

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  • Corin
  • 29-09-2019

Very fine early Krakauer

Series of short tales, all true. Very well written and full to great stories. Recommended for lovers of adventure.

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  • A. T.
  • 01-08-2018

wonderful, how could it not be?

I've shared this with so many. It's such a wonderful add on to Into Thin Air. I've listened to it twice and can't recommend it enough.

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