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Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that's considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from 12 to 96 hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding two and a half hours.

But Florine's story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it's one of persistence and dogged determination. In 30 years of climbing, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, death-defying 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after 14 hours, his friendships (and rivalries) with climbing's most colorful personalities, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose - an endeavor that's been called the wildest competition known to man.

Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.

©2017 Hans Florine (P)2017 Made for Success Publishing

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Great story but no depth

-The story was very interesting but there was no depth to what drove him to do so many climbs on the Nose.
-The narrator was flat and seemed he was bored reading the book which he tried to mitigate with a laugh at different points. Another thing I found distracting was the music which was dominating at points. The background sounds gave some three dimensional to the narration.
-I don’t think I would listen to it again which is not something I would say about Tommy Caldwell’s book.

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  • Reviewer Al
  • 01-11-2018

Techno music?

Who adds techno music on a audio book? And background noise? Can’t be hear sometimes. This is a bad idea. Who even thought that was a good idea? Who released this audio book. Poor author.

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  • william
  • 05-03-2020

didn't' care for the sound effects

The writing is strong enough to carry the story without the sound effects. I hope that this isn't the direction audio books are moving.

I enjoyed the book though.

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  • Wife
  • 29-10-2018

Great Book by a Cali Climbing Legend

I though this was a wonderful book. My wife and I met Hans at a Joshua Tree Climb Smart event and let me tell you he's a good dude! This book covers his climbing journey well, it's quite interesting to hear about all the climbers Hans has brushed elbows with. Also this audiobook has a bit of a "soundtrack". At first I didn't like it but I quickly saw the value in how it added to the book overall. I believe it made the book more engaging and hearing clips of some of the old commentary from past comps and things of that nature was interesting. I highly recommend this read for climbers and non climbers alike.

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  • Victoria JD.
  • 01-09-2021

Fantastic Accounts of Climbing El Capitan

I really loved this! I only hike, but love to read about climbing and other sports. The author explains things, and recounts various conversations with fellow climbers. A real community unto itself. a really good book. I felt that I was almost there! Great narration!

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  • Xanne
  • 27-08-2021

Loved It!

So inspiring! I have so much respect for his character. Wonderful account of a true adventurer with impressive detail. Thank you for your incredible contributions to the sport Hans! What a beautiful example of a human being! 💗🙏🙌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-2021

Great story

Amazing storytelling, truly enjoyed followings Hans journey in climbing. At first was not to sure about the sounds effects and sound track but quickly came to enjoy them as they really enhanced the experience. Very fun and inspiring read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-2021

So Inspiring!

By far, the best Audible book! You don’t have to love big face rock climbing to enjoy this story. The author knows what he is doing and he does it well. This book does leave me with one burning question: How does one go to the bathroom 2500 feet straight up, especially when you know there are other climbers below?

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  • Francis Horton
  • 17-03-2021

better then i expected

I'm not sure what i was expecting to be honest, that being said this book was exciting and captivating. I would recommend it to most people and might even chose it for my book club. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

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  • Ricardo
  • 06-10-2020

Could not pass the 1 minute mark

what a waste of time. please ignore this book. Also yes I am obligated I am going to put some words in here because it requires 15 words.

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  • Courtney
  • 01-10-2020

Hans is an amazing guy!

I’ve read several books on Yosemite climbers lately and this one is one of the best so far! Hans Florine is a true legend yet he remains humble and realistic. I liked that he put emphasis on safety even while doing insane speed climbs. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

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  • David
  • 16-09-2021

inspiring and exciting

superb listen for anyone who enjoys adventure, tenacity, excellence and consistency... you will see what I mean:)

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  • R J Townsend
  • 29-08-2021

Good story, appalling performance

The background sound effects such as music, radio-tuning and breeze are just bizarre, unnecessary and distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2020

How good can a book about one climb be - very good

As a lifelong climber and someone who has done the Nose this was great. I wondered if a book about one climb could be sustained, would Hans be an egotist? Well Hans did keep the interest going right to the epilogue, and he is a person I would like to climb with and sit and have a beer with. He has a passion to do the best he could do on The Nose and his ego was always second, likewise this book, unafraid to take on a co-author he has produced a story, and well read. Thanks Hans!

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  • David Miller
  • 29-11-2019

Very goofy sound effects and music

Unlike other books I’ve listened to from Audible, this one has lots of music and sound effects throughout, which I found distracting and in places just plain weird.

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  • John Rogers
  • 04-02-2019

Very interesting, definitely worth a listen.

Very good book, well read and would defiantly recommend, if you liked this get The Push by Tommy Caldwell both 2 amazing climbing legends :)

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