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Alive

The Story of the Andes Survivors
Written by: Piers Paul Read
Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: History, World
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Publisher's Summary

On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the 45 original passengers and crew, only 16 made it off the mountain alive. For 10 excruciating weeks, they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, these men and women not only had to keep their faith; they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends?

A remarkable story of endurance and determination, Alive is the dramatic best-selling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.

©2002 Piers Paul Read (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Klo
  • 2019-11-26

Amazing story

Inspirational, moving. A story of remarkable survival that everyone should know. A must read / listen.

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  • Yossi Adler
  • 2019-08-13

Amazing!!!

I could not stop listening. It was so interesting! The author made a great job of describing clearly all the incidents. The narrator was also great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-19

Long Drives Made Better

It is a beautifully written tale of a miraculous feat!
This book was recommended to me by someone when I was talking about true crime and the deaths on Mount Everest. I started listening the next day during my commute and I suddenly started looking forward to car rides.

There is great detail on what happened, the men's experiences and struggles both mentally and physically, and they went about surviving.

I would not recommend to those who can't handle slightly morbid topics involving death, wounds, etc.

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  • Kelleen Browning
  • 2018-12-02

Superb

I very much enjoy this book and Read was an excellent reader. Would recommend to friends, just not when flying.

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  • Shannon J. Larson
  • 2018-10-08

Courage and determination

Loved this story, so tragic but so beautiful in its courage, determination and truth. Could I have so brave?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-12

good

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  • Charles U.
  • 2020-01-15

my 3rd time reading this book.

Quite possibly the deepest and most human story I ever read. I could only imagine what these guys went through. Heartwrenching from start to finish with a message of Hope.

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  • TG
  • 2020-01-09

Wow

I read this book when I was a teenager and I’m still inspired by it as an adult. I do wish the narrator had learned the correct way to pronounce names and places but overall I appreciated his performance.

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  • Vlad
  • 2017-12-14

An inspiring story

It is get difficult for me to put into words how I felt about this book. This is a story of survival, a story of humanity, a story of faith. Ordinary people who find themselves in magnificent desolation. People who rise to the trials and tribulations set before them and do everything in their power to cling on to life.

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  • Manuel
  • 2018-07-14

Amazing story, poor narrator

This is a five star story and book, unfortunately narrated by someone who either didn’t research proper pronunciation or didn’t care to do so.

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  • Janna L.
  • 2018-07-03

Inspiring Story of survival!

this is a great story of survival! These boys and young men were so brave to have endured so much. Humanity is certainly amazing! My only complaint about the narrator is that he pronounced almost all of the Spanish names wrong. For example: a double L is pronounced like a Y, and a J is pronounced like an H. Neither of those were ever correct. Pronunciation of other Spanish words and locations was also usually incorrect as well. It didn't take away from the story, but one would think that a narrator assigned to a story with non-English words would make sure he/she was pronouncing them correctly.