Into the Silence

Into the Silence

[the Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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"On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest's North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain's finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned. In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers' epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather" -- from publisher's web site.
Published: New York : Books on Tape : Random House Audio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9780307944115
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (28 hr., 53 min., 41 sec.))
Additional Contributors: Reitel, Enn


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Jun 24, 2018

Everything you could possibly want to know about the history of climbing Mt. Everest by the British through the 1924 Mallory attempt. Also everything you could ever want to know about anybody who ever attempted to climb as well as some who thought about attempting to climb. It was a very interesting tale, but TMI for me. If you’re queasy, skip chapter 1. It’s a graphic telling of the story of WWI from a British point of view.
Every time we meet a new character, we go back in time to learn the background story of that character; especially concerning their involvement in WWI. I was listening to this book & that made it kind of hard for me to follow.

I wasn’t wild about this reader. He reads so very slowly. He’s British, so some of the words had an odd pronounciation that I didn’t always understand. This book didn’t need to be 23 discs long. If my player had the ability to play faster, I would have sped it up a lot.

I also checked out the book so I could see the pictures & the maps.

The film taken during the 1924 expedition was mentioned in the book; The epic of Everest. I was thrilled to find a copy at the library. It is very high quality & I thought it was excellent!

I also recommend another DVD that I watched after completing this book; The epic of Everest. The guy who discovered Mallory’s body, decided to recreate his climb.

Apr 30, 2016

Fascinating tale of courage, ingenuity, determination, pride, and focussed curiousity. Love the voice, accent, and pace of the narrator.

After the first couple of segments, I skipped over all the parts about the devastation and tragedy of World War I. A short introduction to set up the cultural context and the contrasts would have been enough.

Very surprised and proud to learn it was a Canadian who solved the riddle of Mount Everest, who figured out the best route, when he was still many miles away !


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