Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks

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Epic is a mountaineering term that evokes a sense of treacherous disaster — the climb that went wrong; fighting blinding snowstorms and horrific avalanches; days spent tentbound, running low on food, water, and oxygen; surviving broken bones and shattered spirits. Editor Clint Willis has gathered the most exciting climbing literature of the modern age into one cliff-hanging volume with 15 memorable accounts of legend-making expeditions to the world's most famous peaks, often in the world's worst possible ...
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Overview


Epic is a mountaineering term that evokes a sense of treacherous disaster — the climb that went wrong; fighting blinding snowstorms and horrific avalanches; days spent tentbound, running low on food, water, and oxygen; surviving broken bones and shattered spirits. Editor Clint Willis has gathered the most exciting climbing literature of the modern age into one cliff-hanging volume with 15 memorable accounts of legend-making expeditions to the world's most famous peaks, often in the world's worst possible conditions. Authors include Jon Krakauer, Greg Child, David Roberts, Alfred Lansing, and others.

INDIE Award Nominee in the ‘Spoken Word' category

Publisher's Weekly ‘Listen Up' Award

ForeWord Magazine's Audiobook of the Year Nominee

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Phoenix
If you liked Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, read this book.
Climbing Magazine
From Alfred Lansing's narrative of the 1915 Shackleton expedition to Jon Krakauer's chronicle of his bold solo of the Devils Thumb, this is a superb collection of some of the best mountain and adventure writing of the century.
Library Journal
The hypnotic appeal of danger, hardship, extreme elements, and facing death are fascinating to many readers, as witnessed by the popularity of The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air. Both books related the drama surrounding nature at its most violent and dangerous. Epic is a compilation of 15 memorable expeditions to world-famous peaks. Included here are Jon Krakauer's solo ascent of Devil's Thumb in Alaska, a winter ascent of Mt. McKinley, and Alfred Lansing's narrative of the 1915 Shackleton expedition. The listener experiences cold, hunger, and fright at the hands of writers who are actual climbers. Their words are powerful because they ring with authenticity. The hardships these climbers endured go almost beyond human comprehension. In one story, a man is stricken with blood clots in his legs; his team members go through tremendous difficulties in an attempt to bring him down rather than continue their climb to the summit. Another story recounts a blinding snowstorm that keeps climbers in their tents for many days and describes the great efforts that must be made merely to melt enough water to stay alive. Rough Water is an anthology of sea stories, mixing fictional excerpts from lengthier works with accounts of factual disasters and includes a portion of Two Years Before the Mast and an episode from Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny. Among the most fascinating are Lawrence Beesley's eyewitness account of the sinking of the Titanic and a shipwreck survivor's diary of a 74-day ordeal aboard an inflatable raft. What keeps Rough Water from being as compelling as Epic is the offsetting move from true-life encounters to fictional stories and from chapters that leave you hanging, either wantingto know what happens or not caring about the outcome. Epic, on the other hand, is powerful, bringing the prospect of frostbitten flesh, chattering teeth, sudden avalanches, and treacherous ice paths into vivid clarity. The listener feels the intense discomforts and experiences the worry of the climbers but, with morbid fascination, still wants more. Both collections are read by experienced audio narrators Rick Adamson, Eric Conger, Alan Sklar, Graeme Malcolm, Simon Prebble, and the king himself, George Guidall. Each reader performs competently, adding to the suspense and momentum of each story. Parts of the "Adrenaline Series," both books are recommended for public library collections.--Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
The Chapel Hill News
Each set has a variety of four or five narrators, all of whom are excellent readers. Variety comes in the stories themselves, which portray a wide range of experiences. Many of the stories will keep you on the edge of your seat. Others will make you marvel and wonder at these crazy fools who risk their lives.
Independent Publisher
Listening to these audio books is an armchair adventurer’s dream, as you sit back, close your eyes, and let your imagination go.
ForeWord
The pride and thrill of achieving a summit is described vividly, both in terms of vocal inflection and vocabulary choice. The anguish over losing a climbing comrade, the despair after realizing one is lost and the hope of rescue from bad weather are found in almost every story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560251545
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 637,255
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
The Devils Thumb 3
from Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas 27
from Everest: Alone at the Summit 47
Dangerous Liaisons 59
from Savage Arena 77
from The Shining Mountain 109
from The Snow Leopard 123
from Minus 148 degrees: The Winter Ascent of Mt. McKinley 141
from The Mountain of My Fear 181
from Everest: The West Ridge 201
from K2: The Savage Mountain 223
from Annapurna 243
from Nanda Devi 267
from The Ascent of Nanda Devi 295
from Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage 321
Glossary 338
Acknowledgments 340
Bibliography 342
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Exhilarating and dramatic from cover to cover!

    EPIC is a nonstop adventure thriller! Each story tells a unique expedition that has gone bad. Death is always lurking right around the corner. Thankfully, the authors of these stories have walked away from death and were able to tell about their experiences. Clint Willis has done an excellent job of bringing together fifteen outstanding, yet distint, pieces of work, to form one amazing adventure drama. EPIC is a must read!

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