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Left for Dead

My Journey Home from Everest
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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In 1996, Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice - walking down the mountain.

In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man's route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance.

©2000 S. Beck Weathers (P)2018 Tantor

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A different take on Everest

Less about the technicalities of the climb and the challenges to summit (although there is a fair bit in there to keep the audience happy), but more about the ripple effect the tragedy on Mount Everest had in Beck Weathers' life and for his family. Heartfelt and honest, I can feel the authenticity of the entire family's experience.

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  • Kay
  • 2018-08-06

Great Read

I’ve spent a few weeks consuming all of the media about this tragic week on Everest and have to say that this was another wonderful, important, interesting piece of the puzzle. Well worth a listen for the interested.

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  • EMP
  • 2018-12-30

great detail

gives you a lot of insight into his life, more than just the Everest expedition.

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  • Alex S. Barnicott
  • Syracuse, New York United States
  • 2018-07-07

Great story.

I read Into Thin Air when it first came out and have listened to it at least three times on Audble. It was great to hear the whole story from Beck, it really shows a different perspective from what I expected. Listening to this makes every day struggles seem minuscule.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-27

Thrilling Account of Mt. Everest Survival

This is a great first hand account from a Mt Everest survivor. Combine this book with "Into Thin Air" and you will be provided a thrilling clarity and new perspective of what happened to these amazing climbers on that fateful day on Everest.

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  • Reggie
  • BRATTLEBORO, VT, United States
  • 2019-05-07

Bait-and-switch

This is a solid memoir that is marred by cynical marketing. Most of this book is NOT about Beck Weathers' time on Everest. It starts on Everest, but after a rather perfunctory summation of his insanely WTF experience on the mountain the narrative backs up and tells the story of his life, leading to his Everest climb. I enjoy Weathers' sense of humor and found the writing to be superb throughout. The raw portrayal of his marital relationship was brave and fascinating, but... But I didn't buy the book for Weathers' life story, I wanted Everest. Or, insomuch as Weathers' life played a role in his miraculous survival ("miraculous" is an overused word, but it applies to Weathers' story in bold type), we need that story, but the proportions are wrong. This book is 1/5 Everest, 4/5 everything else. Flip that proportion and I'd have been happy, because I wanted Everest. How the hell did you survive, Beck Weathers? What happened? I don't feel like I know much more than I did previously.

So, as a reviewer it becomes awkward. I actually think this book is really good, but it's not the book I thought I was getting, and it wasn't so good that I ever stopped feeling short-changed about the Everest story. So I'm subtracting a star, from a 4-star book, because I was misled.

I guess it's hard to sell a book called, "The Emotional Growth-Journey of Beck Weathers: A Memoir that Happens to Include an Incomplete Anecdote About Surviving on Mount Everest, when he Absolutely Should have Died," even when that book is good.

Re: Narration: I never really thought about Roger Wayne's narration, which, in my book, means he affected the tone and style of the book perfectly. A listener can't ask for more than that.

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  • Connie
  • 2019-06-12

Exasperating. Frightening. Emotional.

Loved the book. Truly amazing with the emotional up and down with each climb. Hard to fully understand climbing past dead bodies for every climber every time. Cannot reckon that with the anguish of the lives left behind to mourn each dead.
Still and yet I have no comprehension of why any rational person would embrace the risk of not returning from such adventures and so seemingly recklessly choose to leave loved ones, especially children behind.
This book is a deep dive into an experience few will have.
Well written and well narrated.

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  • Debbie B.
  • Texas, USA
  • 2019-04-07

Poignant story that answers many questions

Everyone familiar with the tragic 1996 Mt. Everest season has heard of Beck Weathers. But we didn’t know even half of Beck’s story, the most important part. This well-written book answers many questions I had after reading most available materials about that fateful season: What drives an ordinary person to climb into the death zone? How did he survive? What was the extent of Beck’s injuries? How did his injuries impact his family and career?