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The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest. In this extraordinary memoir, Breashears takes that perilous climb, during which 9 would tragically perish, and uses it as the linchpin of his life. As his fans will discover, there is an inextricable link between this enigmatic man's troubled childhood, his brilliant successes as a climber and cinematographer, and his courage and honor in the face of disaster.

©1999 by David Breashears (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

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  • Steve Anderson
  • 03-01-2005

Good Book (but print copy may be a better choice)

I am a huge fan of audible.com so it pains me to say that this book might be better in print version for three reasons. (1)The narration is not so great (I wish Breashears had read it), (2) it's abridged (yuk), and (3) the print book has some good photos. With this said, the author has had a remarkable career in adventure filmmaking and climbing. And unlike other "Everest" books, the author give a lot of detail about his early years and how he was introduced to climbing.

Breashears played an important role in the 1996 Everest tragedy. Without doubt, his decision to share precious bottled oxygen supplies with other teams saved lives, even though doing so risked the success of the multi-million dollar IMAX expedition that Breashears was leading. His portrait of the tragedy adds valuable insight that complements accounts written by Jon Krakauer, Beck Weathers and others.

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  • Gregory W. Evans
  • 07-05-2005

Very Nicely Done

I had no problem with the narration of this book. I found the story line to flow smoothly, and it managed to maintain my interest most of the time...bogging down briefly a few times.

The section on the 1996 disaster on Everest, provides an interesting counterpoint to Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

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  • Leslie
  • 30-11-2004

Great Book

This is a great book. I have read this book so I thought I would enjoy listening to it. It was not as good as I would have liked. It would have been better if the author had read it. I have listened to other audio books about Everest that I have enjoyed more. The main reason I did not like it was that the narrator's pronunciation was stilted on certain names. It would have been better if they were pronounced correctly.

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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 10-06-2017

Well Written and Well Read

A great book about resilience and commitment. A good read for anyone wanting to know more about mountain climbing.

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  • Matt
  • 12-01-2017

Climbing

Very good book on the evolution of a mountaineer. could see the writer's perspective very well

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  • Gordon
  • 16-04-2016

This is a very interesting book.

This book is very descriptive and well written, although it does start to lose inertia towards the end.

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  • Bob
  • 05-11-2012

Very Well Written

What did you love best about High Exposure?

Very good story line kept me interested from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ed Breashears is truly adventuress and dedicated mountaineer.

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

Brings in the characters very accurately.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Extreme high altitude mountaineering told by one of the best accounts I have heard.

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  • Michael
  • 25-10-2009

Worth the time

The book was well worth reading and I enjoyed it very much. The story line involving his father just kind of abruptly ended and was not referred back to during the remainder of the book, which was odd. It almost seemed like after the book was written he was required to add filler material at the beginning of the book. Other than that it is an excellenct account of high altitude climbing.