Into the Silence

Into the Silence

[the Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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"On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest's North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain's finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned. In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers' epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape : Random House Audio, p2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780307944115
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (28 hr., 53 min., 41 sec.))
Additional Contributors: Reitel, Enn
OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 30, 2016

Fascinating tale of courage, ingenuity, determination, pride, and focussed curiousity. Love the voice and accent of the narrator.

After the first couple of segments, I skipped over all the parts about the devastation and tragedy of World War I. A short introduction to set up the cultural context and the contrasts would have been enough.

Very surprised and proud to learn it was a Canadian who solved the riddle of Mount Everest, who figured out the best route, when he was still miles and miles away ! Three cheers for the colonies !

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