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Alone on the Wall (Expanded Edition)

Narrated by: Andrew Eiden, Will Damron
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Includes two new chapters on Alex Honnold's free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan - to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear - completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (Vertical magazine).

Alone on the Wall recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold's extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his three hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which Outside called "the moon landing of free soloing.... A generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words.... One of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."

©2018 Alex Honnold (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Pablo Lema
  • 2019-11-10

Surprisingly Slow Read

What could have been an exhilarating journey, was a surprisingly bum read with way too much filler. This could be a fun read at three chapters long. Disappointing.

A damn boring read.

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  • Lorna Harwich
  • 2020-05-16

Inspiring story!

This book is worth your time. The last two chapters alone would be worth it. Great to learn about all the details of the great free solo of el cap that you didn’t see in the film. From peeing on the ledge and taking poos at the Yosemite lodge to the scary parts of the freeblast slabs and infamous boulder problem - its all gold!

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  • Sachin Dalal
  • 2020-03-08

Amazing!

This story is worth listening to for the ages! A person pushing himself to the absolute limits!!

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  • Chris007
  • 2020-02-25

Could have been better

Some parts of the book really flowed, especially about 50% of the way through where the author talks about Alex’ life, goals, and relationships. Some of it is just too detailed and I’ve been a climber all my life and read dozens of mountaineering books. I guess the author is trying to appeal to the widest possible audience for such a momentous feat by Alex —. who deserves the Congressional medal of achievement or some justified level of recognition. Also I have to say I didn’t like the narration; a bit like Keanu reading Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventur in parts: ‘doooood!’

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  • S. Birge
  • 2020-01-14

No Big Deal Honnold

Such a great story. All the feels throughout this one. Alex is one of those complex characters you can't help but love & support throughout his story. Inspired by his humanitarian work & athleticism.

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  • Brett C.
  • 2020-01-07

The movie was great...but this is excellent.

A compelling story about a “new” superstar, Alone on the Wall does a stellar job of digging in to the life and climbing exploits of Alex Honnold. It reads well for anyone, but will be best understood by those with some familiarity with climbing and its jargon. Don’t be afraid to give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

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  • F1oored
  • 2019-11-18

Amazing!

Alex is an amazing climber and athlete. This book was fantastic. I enjoyed it all the way though.

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  • Edward C Gardner
  • 2019-11-11

Great story, mostly good readings

The story itself is mesmerizing, especially if you’re a devoted rock climber. Although many of the commonly understood terms and places are mispronounced, for the most part the performance of the reading is done well. The voice of Honnold feels very much like Honnold himself, at times. Will Danton however is completely insufferable, as he barely sounds like a real human when he reads.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-21

Alex Honnold is the man

Definitely one of my favorite climbing books after The Push. The descriptions of Honnold’s climbs will have you on the edge of your seat and wishing you could climb harder. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-01

Excellent book, unprofessional production

I read the paper version when the first edition was originally released and decided to listen to the expanded edition years later on a long road trip to catch Alex’s first person account of the most spectacular combined athletic and intellectual achievement in human history. It would be a gross understatement to say that the added chapters made the book well worth the re-read. Therefore, given the magnitude of Honnald’s feat and the reach of his new celebrity, it was a tremendous disappointment to endure grating mispronunciations throughout a first person true story recounted by a goofy voice actor with minimal familiarity of the subject matter. Shouldn’t someone like “proof listen” this stuff and simply record a time stamp for first-draft errors that need to be re-read aloud? Or better yet, pay a literate dirtbag who has a clue about climbing to impersonate Honnold for 8 hours instead of a Hollywood actor who wouldn’t even understand why John Bachar would think he’s a weenie. I suppose it’s really more the producer’s fault for stamping this recording “good enough,” but unfortunate nevertheless in the context of the author and the filmmakers’ absolute and unwavering perfection.