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My Life Journey to the Top of Everest
By: Ben Fogle
Narrated by: Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet - climbing Everest for the British Red Cross in an attempt to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face.

The expedition was to become the adventure of a lifetime, the culmination of a journey that started with a moment of tragedy years before. For Ben was inspired to take on this challenge by the memory of his son, Willem, who was stillborn in 2014. This is the story of an incredible journey that has for ever changed the lives of those involved.

The climb from Camp 4 to the summit is like stepping into a parallel universe. One in which life and death become frighteningly close. In places the lines become blurred. There are few places where the margin is so close and visceral. Angels and the grim reaper are bed pals. When you are in the zone, in the moment, you are literally counting by the step. By the second. In some ways you are in your own little bubble. In places, the fear was almost paralysing.... In that fine line between life and death I only saw brightness.... While I hope my expedition has helped inspire, it is also a reminder of the fragility of life. Hold those you love close to you. Don’t forget to tell them how much you love them and never become complacent in life. We are all mere mortals on this planet, but don’t let that reality stop you from living it to the full.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your dreams, ideas before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their certitudes, they are a slave: they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is truly free.

©2018 Ben Fogle (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A pleasant and lyrical read." (Guardian)

"Written with wit and affection, this light-hearted, yet stirring narrative entertains and inspires with equal measure." (Countryside Magazine)

"Fogle's typical adventure-style storytelling keeps the narrative light and entertaining." (Independent)

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was a great story. frustrating part was how's the author kept distressing into other stories not related to the climb but about his life somewhere else then his wife cuts in and talk about her feeling. like watching a movie about to get to critical point and then a commercial cuts in. the actuall climb story was great.

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Enjoyed much more than I thought I would

Ben and Marina have written a honest and heartfelt book about their life and the journey to climb Mt Everest. I enjoyed the two sides of the story being shared . I have gained even more respect for this wonderful couple.

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  • Gareth Craig
  • 14-01-2020

a good book

a lovely book, some parts I lost interest in but was soon felt like I was on the mountain with Ben

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  • Stephen
  • 20-07-2019

My favourite book ever!

I can't begin to write a review that sums up how much I loved this book. I feel it will be listened to again and again.

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  • k woolley
  • 09-03-2020

Interesting story

Very Interesting story of Ben and Victoria's journey and how it affected the people around them and the shear toughness they and the people who got them to where they were. But sorry Ben l wasn't looking for a form of life coaching book it turned into. It seems that you were airing your own demons to ease your own mind. Maybe next write about what kept you going from your childhood and through life. It didn't work well with me mixing the two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2019

Outstanding!

Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish! As expected from Ben. Well narrated which gave this a personal touch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2020

positivity

wow ❤️ what an amazing book UP is, it's so inspirational and uplifting, I read the book and listened to it on Audible, I would recommend it to anyone young or old because Ben has a gift of turning a negative situation into a positive one. Thank you Ben for changing my outlook in life to that of a positive one 🙏🙏❤️❤️

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  • neil b.
  • 05-11-2019

inspiring on many levels

an inspirational and uplifting book with a jaw dropping account of this magnificent adventure. try it

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  • Mr. Neil J. Pritchard
  • 03-11-2019

Superb book beautifully read by Ben and Marina.

Very powerful and often emotional content. Found his book essential listening. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2019

excellent! captivating and inspiring.

really enjoyed this - it was my first audiobook and a really good one to start with - i think i got more out of it than i would have done reading it, especially with Ben and Marina reading it themselves.

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  • Alex Mackay
  • 27-08-2019

Great book

This is great Ben really done well with this and I didn’t realise the hardship him and his family have been through I really enjoyed this book and it’s really inspiring me to take on more mountains myself

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  • Gareth B.
  • 26-05-2019

Earth moving story

Absolutely brilliant, couldn't stop listening, would recommend to anyone, his words made you feel like you were on the mountain

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