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From Publishers Weekly

What do H.G. Wells and Evelyn Waugh know about mountain climbing? Listen to fine British stage actor Nick Sampson read Wells's gripping story "Little Mother Up the Morderberg" or an excerpt from Waugh's little-known but highly charged "Remote People," and be amazed. This latest offering in the zippy Adrenaline series should make readers' freeway-bound spirits soar, as a terrific team of professional readers brings to life some amazing true adventures of people going up against the highest and nastiest places on the planet. Editor Willis has chosen these selections for variety as well as excitement, and some of the top writing names in the climbing trade are represented: Galen Rowell (whose "High and Wild: A Mountaineer's World" is read with panache by Terence Aselford); John Long (two of his fine stories are well presented by Gary Telles); Pete Sinclair (his "We Aspired: The Last Innocent Americans" is treated respectfully by Aselford); and Maureen O'Neill (whose "Queen of All She Surveys" is given zesty life by Kimberly Schraf). Anyone in search of an escape will get real value for money and eartime with this impressive collection. Based on the Thunder's Mouth Press paperback.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Willis is the editor of the "Adrenaline" series of adventure and survival-story collections, with titles such as Epic, Ice, and Rough, which encompass actual accounts as well as some fictional representations. Climb features adventures from some of the world's best climbers, e.g., Scotsman Hamish MacInnes and American Jim Wickwire, and exotic locales from Alaska and Yosemite to the Himalayas and Patagonia. Two fictional works are included, one of which is the humorous short story "Little Mother Up the Morderberg" by H.G. Wells, about a mother and son trekking to the top of a mountain. An excerpt from Evelyn Waugh's Remote People rounds out the contributions by noted literary figures. The only entry by a woman is Maureen O'Neill's "Queen of All She Surveys," a moving account of the last climb, and death, of a female climber and friend of the author who died in the way she wanted to live, climbing a mountain. "We Aspired: The Last Innocent Americans" by Pete Sinclair is a harrowing account of a climb that goes wrong with tragic results and the impact this has on those who witnessed death and misadventure up close. This last is by far the strongest story in the collection and one that will haunt listeners long afterward. As compared with other titles in this series, Climb is one of the weakest entries. The fictional selections are not compelling, and some of the factual accounts are rather lackluster, despite the competent readings by Terence Aselford, Graeme Malcolm, Nick Sampson, and others. However, listeners who are drawn to stories about danger, death-defying mountain and rock climbs, and encounters with ice and snow will likely want to hear this. Recommended for larger public libraries. Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (December 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560252502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560252504
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was interested in this book since I love reading and have been rock climbing for a couple years now. I've been really enjoying the book. Its a bunch of short stories from different climbing experiences. So far I've read like 6 of the stories. They are really well written and entertaining. Some of the writers are funny, some are great with descriptions. Some of the stories are just crazy and I cant imagine doing some of the things they've done, but they are enjoyable to read a lot. So far I've only climbed indoors and top roped outdoors, so it was neat to learn of all the other kinds of climbing. I'm learning a lot about what to do and what not to do. I really like it so far. Some of the stories I can't put down til they are fully read. Its great. I would recommend it for someone who likes climbing because it gets really into the sport, uses all the lingo of it, and doesn't talk a lot about things outside climbing. I had gotten my boyfriend a climbing book he is having a hard time getting into because the first several chapters have nothing to do with climbing but this book takes you right into the climbing and never leaves. Its excited for someone interested in the topic. If you were an adventure story person without a particular attachment to climbing I'm not sure if you'd like the book. Its crazy adventures and would satisfy that but its really about climbing and doesn't do a lot with talking of other things or character building outside that.
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I enjoyed most of these essays. They include elements of humor, drama, excitement, truth and often a sense of either elation and victory or tragedy and regret. To join the brotherhood/sisterhood of the rope is to take on all of these aspects of climbing. The pieces that were fiction rather than essays felt out of place to me, though I admit that perhaps was largely due to my knowing they were fictitious, as if the feelings and challenges expressed inthem cannot be accepted as valid even if they were based on actual experience. Still, my letdown in having those stories included in this volume did not detract from my over reading pleasure. If one does not have time to read every book on climbing and climbers, this Adrenaline series is a good way to test the books and decide if I want to obtain them to read in their entirety.
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This is a great compilation of climbing stories. Some are inspiring while others will make you think about whether this is really something you want to be doing. Also highly recommended for those addicted to mountaineering literature is the editor's book "Epic" for more of the same...
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As you can see from the table of contents and the editorial reviews, this book contains writings by lots of great mountaineers and climbers. Many of the authors discuss experiences when they have had to deal with fear, loss, and the difficult question of risk; they also share some of the lessons that they have learned from years of being challenged by nature and other people. Willis' compilation includes a selection of both fictional and true stories that I found to be a balanced combination of very funny, poignant, sad, and--best of all--inspiring. Reading this book really made me want to get outside! One of the convenient things about this book is that the stories are rather short, so it's easy to pick it up for a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the city...There is also a bibliography so one can read further about any of the stories, if one chooses.
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