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One of the 57 Most Anticipated Books of 2021 - Elle 

Shivering, exhausted, gasping for oxygen, beyond doubt...

A hundred-year mystery lured veteran climber Mark Synnott into an unlikely expedition up Mount Everest during the spring 2019 season that came to be known as “the Year Everest Broke”. What he found was a gripping human story of impassioned characters from around the globe and a mountain that will consume your soul - and your life - if you let it.

The mystery? On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine set out to stand on the roof of the world, where no one had stood before. They were last seen 800 feet shy of Everest’s summit still “going strong” for the top. Could they have succeeded decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? Irvine is believed to have carried a Kodak camera with him to record their attempt, but it, along with his body, had never been found. Did the frozen film in that camera have a photograph of Mallory and Irvine on the summit before they disappeared into the clouds, never to be seen again? Kodak says the film might still be viable....

Mark Synnott made his own ascent up the infamous North Face along with his friend Renan Ozturk, a filmmaker using drones higher than any had previously flown. Listeners witness first-hand how Synnott’s quest led him from oxygen-deprivation training to archives and museums in England, to Kathmandu, the Tibetan high plateau, and up the North Face into a massive storm. The infamous traffic jams of climbers at the very summit immediately resulted in tragic deaths. Sherpas revolted. Chinese officials turned on Synnott’s team. An Indian woman miraculously crawled her way to frostbitten survival. Synnott himself went off the safety rope - one slip and no one would have been able to save him - committed to solving the mystery.

Eleven climbers died on Everest that season, all of them mesmerized by an irresistible magic. The Third Pole is a rapidly accelerating ride to the limitless joy and horror of human obsession. 

*This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF containing maps, notes on sources, and acknowledgments from the printed book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Mark Synnott (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Broad and easy to listen to

Synnott takes many deviations off from the primary narrative, which makes for easy listening and interesting offshoots. He discusses topics events that you are likely familiar with from other mountain literature, but doesn’t dive too deeply into these, so most of the content is new (to me anyway). There are a number of interesting mini-biopics along the way.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 2021-04-15

compelling

an amazing story that draws you in told in a way that makes you interested even if you cared little for mountain climbing before picking up this book!
I devoured this book in 2 days because I just needed to know what happened next...
there are a few tangents that offer little to the story, but they are still interesting...

Steve Campbell is a great choice to voice this book, his voice is so easy to listen to that you just relax and enjoy the story.
truly impressive performance

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  • S. Schwankert
  • 2021-04-29

Interesting but not a classic

This is an interesting mountaineering story but far from a classic. There’s far too much unrelated fluff included, such as an entire chapter about a British Indian female climber who runs into trouble on Everest. The audio performance is excellent, I would like to hear more books read by Steve Campbell.

The book is also unnecessarily anti-China.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-23

nice drama and thriller.

I loved the detail explore of Mount Everest.the perils,excitement and adventure of reaching the roof top of the world!

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 2021-05-12

Fascinating! 💜

While this isn’t my preferred genre it certainly opened my eyes to some historical events surrounding Mt. Everest. I tend to get a little lost when a story contains a lot of facts, dates & names, however I did become fascinated with the story and the journey that was told.
The narration was really good! Especially for a story like this where there’s not a ton of dialogue. Steve’s got a smooth pleasant voice and did an excellent job in the telling of this story. I promise you this, I will never forget the terrible things that have happened or may continue to happen on Mt. Everest as well as the journey itself.
I recommend this book!

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  • TechFem50
  • 2021-05-04

Lost on Everest back story

Narrator did a great job and the story was interesting. Continuous monologue on Mallory and Irvine's names was overkill. Was there a requirement on how many times the names had to be mentioned?