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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

An amazing true story

After reading this book,the original from 2006 "BaRaaHP", I didn't think of Aron as just another "unprepared" or "rank amateur" outdoors-man. The guy knows his stuff and was just a victim of fate/bad luck/karma... Here it is, another gripe about e-book prices: $11.99 fo...
After reading this book,the original from 2006 "BaRaaHP", I didn't think of Aron as just another "unprepared" or "rank amateur" outdoors-man. The guy knows his stuff and was just a victim of fate/bad luck/karma... Here it is, another gripe about e-book prices: $11.99 for nookbook is ridiculous. Get the paperback.

posted by murphious on February 26, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place or a Bed and a Pillow

This three hundred and fifty two page autobiography by Aron Ralston, is about a near fatal climbing accident. Aron Ralston was an outdoor enthusiast, who moved to Colorado as a young boy and fell in love with it slowly after. His love for the outdoors followed him all o...
This three hundred and fifty two page autobiography by Aron Ralston, is about a near fatal climbing accident. Aron Ralston was an outdoor enthusiast, who moved to Colorado as a young boy and fell in love with it slowly after. His love for the outdoors followed him all over the world. From mountains in Colorado and Washington, to the dessert of Arizona, the beautiful national parks in the U.S, to Japan's Mount Fiji. Aron was known for his reckless behavior through out his trekking adventures, he thought nothing of his behavior, and he claimed it was all part of the experience, until one mistake could have cost him his life. Between a Rock and a Hard Place, goes through Aron's life starting from a little boy, to graduating college at the prestigious Cargnie University, and his engineering career. The book switches from his present situation to the past. Slowly Aron runs out of food and water and stays three nights in cold unbearable desert nights, till he finally realizes what is needed to be done to save his life. The theme of this autobiography is survival, determination, and passion. Whether you're in a life or death situation, or how to survive just in the world. In Aron's case it was how to survive in a horrible situation. Having the determination to cut your own arm off, yet still not is afraid to go out and do what you love. After Aron's accident he is still determine to climb fourteners. His determination and passion for climbing and the outdoors, proves the themes of the book.

Personally this book was over rated, and nothing how critics claimed it to be. The best part of the book is the pictures. The entire book was a whirlwind of unnecessary information about, rocks, scenery, climbing gear, and outdoor conditions. Readers do yourself a favor and get to the juicy part of the book; skip all unimportant chapters and read chapters involving Aron trapped with his arm in the boulder. All other chapters are boring and put you to sleep. This is a book one must read sitting upwards. If you think this book is filled with juicy disgusting bits of how Aron sawed his arm off layer by layer, you are defiantly wrong and will be highly disappointed by this book. If you're an outdoor enthusiast like the author Aron Ralston, you would otherwise highly enjoy this book, and his descriptions of the places he has ventured to!

On a scale from one to ten this book would get a whopping rating of a three. It doesn't keep readers hooked. I found myself skipping chapters just to get through with the book. There is no doubt in my mind that what Aron did was admirable, but his writing style took a long time to get to the best part of the book. Hopefully this is the first and only book from this author.

posted by 1110062 on March 16, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2009

    Good Book!

    Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The journey he went through with his accident was really inspiring. The detailed descriptions of Aron's past treks became a little monotonous so I skimmed over them. --K--

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    The memoir, Between A Rock And A Hard Place, is written by Aron


    The memoir, Between A Rock And A Hard Place, is written by Aron Ralston. The story is about when Aron goes on a hike, but not long after he starts, he finds himself with his arm pinned between a large boulder and a rock wall. He is stuck there with his hiking kit and a small supply of water. I enjoyed this book because of all the action it brings. He is a very humorous writer, so you will find yourself smiling as you read and sometimes even laughing. Many teenage boys and most adults would enjoy this book because of the humor it brings, and the action it has.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Inspiring but can be boring at times.

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place is an amazing and a truly inspiring story of Aron Ralston’s journey in the Blue John Canyon where he gets stuck between a canyon wall and a boulder. After five days of being trapped in the canyon by the boulder, he decides that the only way he can be rescued is to amputate his own arm. Aron takes us through the story of saving his life, and many other events in his past that makes him the strong and experienced person that he turns out to be. Without this, he may have never been able to survive the five days being trapped by the boulder. This book includes many of the problems that Aron faced throughout his life along with one ultimate problem (being stuck between a boulder and the canyon wall). While being stuck he tries multiple ways to get out but none of them do any good. He tries breaking part of the canyon wall off, breaking down the boulder, and creating pulley-system so he could lift the boulder out of place. But, in the end when all else fails he decides to amputate his arm, and hope for the best. This shows that even in tough conditions, Aron fights through it even if he ends up doubting himself through the process. I felt that Aron’s basic premises for writing this book was to inform the readers that even in bad situations, they could always be a lot worse. Also, if you truly believe in something and put your mind to it, then you can accomplish anything. There are many themes that occur throughout the book, but the one that sticks out in my mind the most is overcoming adversity. In the book, it talks about him overcoming problems that occurred in his past along with the problem he was facing at that point in time. This theme takes place from the first to the last page of the book. There were a lot of pros and cons to the book. The book is clearly written and you know what is happening at all times. Also, Between a Rock and a Hard Place is very descriptive and easy to visualize as you go along. Finally, he includes flashbacks of earlier troubles that Aron had experienced, which was a neat twist because I had never read a book that had flashbacks the way that he had them. This book is written very well and I don’t have any trouble with his particular style of writing. Not only is it a different genre, it has a very unique style and formatting. Also, the flashbacks add a lot of a character to the book, and the way that he uses it every other chapter is really distinctive. But, I feel that this book has quite a bit of cons. For starters, the book is very boring and it is hard to concentrate at times because the book is very unappealing to me. If Aron would have gone into more detail about the events that happened before he had gotten stuck, it would have been better. Also, he could have made the book a lot better by getting to the point where he amputates his arm a lot sooner, because that is the highlight of the story and it takes him forever to get to that point. There are many things that I like and dislike about the book. For example, I like him having flashbacks that show what shaped him to be the person that is today, but on the downside it was a little too lengthy. The book is fairly decent, but it would better suit someone that likes wilderness and adventure books.

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