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The Calling

A Life Rocked by Mountains
Written by: Barry Blanchard
Narrated by: Barry Blanchard
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At 13 he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone's Horse Army Cadets. Soon kicked out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family's cycle of poverty. He describes early climbs attempted with nothing to guide him but written trail descriptions and the cajones of youth. He slowly acquired the skills, equipment and partners necessary to tackle more and more difficult climbs, farther and farther afield: throughout the Canadian Rockies, into Alaska and the French Alps and on to Everest, Peru, and the challenging mountains in Pakistan. From each he learned lessons that only nature and extreme endeavor can teach. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us.

©2014 Barry Blanchard (P)2017 Random House Audio

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if you rock climb you need to read this book

loved it. could have done with less swearing. makes me really appreciate the old times and the origin of the sport.

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Did you just say salamander sounds?

Absolutely loved it. Barry Blanchard does an excellent job as a narrator and story teller. The book had me laughing at his hilarious recounting of stories. It left me with an even greater appreciation for mountains and climbing. Hands down one of my favorite audiobooks of all time.

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  • kb
  • 2019-04-25

an aplinist's adeventure

This audio book ruled, and it makes it so much better Barry is the one telling the story. I could see how someone might be turned away if they weren't into climbing. Honestly you probably like some form of climbing if you got this book in the first place. In that case it is a great book! I highly recommend this audio book!

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  • Casey L. Stroud
  • 2019-04-17

stories of a man in the mountains rocked with love

barry is an eloquent storyteller. his writing seeps with passion and his humanity.
the fact that he narrated it is icing to the cake

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  • Tyler
  • 2019-02-06

Inspirational.

Very happy that Barry narrated his story. It feels like he's sitting beside you tellng his amazing story.

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  • Brenden horn
  • 2018-06-06

Wow... Get this book

I loved this book so much and when I find myself on long drives or hikes I’m might dive back into the world of Barry Blanchard and his extraordinary detail and imagery.


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  • cliffclof
  • 2019-06-02

Absolute, pure, realism

If you are driven to overcome obstacles and love the outdoors. This book can’t be missed. Great journey you have shared here Barry. Thank you. Wish you and everyone you mention in this book peace and love.

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  • Oliver
  • 2018-12-04

So good.

Loved this book. Didn’t know all that much about Blanchard before reading it, but I’m glad I did. Inspiring and intriguing for sure. He’s a badass, one of North America’s greatest alpinist’s.

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  • Shane Kramer
  • 2018-04-13

Great. entertaining, and honest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. Anyone interested in adventure/alpinism books will love The Calling by Barry Blanchard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Barry Blanchard. Since the story is told by Barry he was the most relatable character to me (insights into his feelings during expeditions, uncertainties in life, etc)/

What does Barry Blanchard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Candidness, Barry's background story, upbringing, and path into Alpinism.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud many times during the book.

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  • John Anders
  • 2018-01-03

Riveting

The content and performance were excellent. I felt at times like a participant rather than the audience.

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  • Shannon
  • 2017-12-22

Phenomenal. gripping and inspiring book!

Phenomenal. gripping and inspiring book! It will make any adventurer long to be in the mountains!

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  • 23sjsharks
  • 2017-11-18

Amazing stories!!

I didn't want it to end! Amazing climbing and life stories told perfectly by the author himself.