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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (Aug. 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074349282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743492829
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralston's story is one of the most gut-wrenching and compelling real-life adventures in recent years: in early 2003, the avid rock-climber and outdoorsman became trapped in a Utah mountain canyon when an 800-pound boulder pinned his right arm. He spent six days there, fighting both the physical challenges of pain and dehydration, and the psychological horror that eroded his hope and energy. Eventually, he amputated his own arm with his pocket knife in order to gain his freedom. It's a truly remarkable story, and hearing Ralston retell it is alternately fascinating and unbearable. After a brief setup that details his life as an adventurer, he arrives at his moment of horror, walking the listener in painstaking detail through everything he felt and thought; his honest and blunt language (" 'What are you doing, Aron? Get that knife away from your wrist!' I feel vaguely ill... my vision blurs in a nauseating swirl"), paired with his direct and non-sensational delivery, wrap the listener in a mental blanket of claustrophobia. Although squeamish listeners might find this audio presentation too overwhelming, it's a riveting document of one man's extraordinary trial.
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Adult/High School - From midday Saturday, April 26, 2003, until midday Thursday, May 1, Ralston was pinned between a boulder and a canyon wall in a remote area of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. He had little food and water. No one would even wonder where he was until he didn't show up for work on Tuesday. Unable to sit, lie down, use his right arm (that was the part between the rock and the wall), or sleep, he knew right away that he was in for an excruciatingly difficult time. Those 120 hours of what he calls "uninterrupted experience" tested to the fullest his physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. His eventual rescue led to international headlines, partially due to his dramatic means of escape: he severed his arm with a cheap, dull, dirty knife. This is a searing and amazingly detailed rendition of his ordeal, along with accounts of several of Ralston's previous wilderness adventures. He is one active and tough guy, but readers never get the sense that he is boastful or seeking notoriety. Rather, he seems genuinely intrigued, even mildly befuddled, by his insatiable drive to be active in the wild. One could say he takes too many risks, and that he has a tendency toward carelessness. He himself notes this. But the man's drive and devotion to his calling are nothing but admirable. Sixteen pages of color photographs add considerably to readers' experience of this nuanced, gripping survival story that belongs in most collections. - Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one man that knows what beating the odds is all about. He has been close to death, yet, his courage and determination to survive is remarkable. He writes with poetic justice and you can almost see the scenerios he paints. Highly rated!
Other good books to read are: Nightmares Echo ,Skywriting and If I Knew Then
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By Linda D on July 18 2007
Format: Paperback
The books I most enjoy reading are survival stories and this book is one of the best I have ever read. Maybe Aaron Ralston is super human because his account of survival after dislodging a boulder and subsequently being trapped in a remote canyon is so extroadinary it almost seems impossible. Obviously Ralston had the will but also the common sense to portion his rations and eventually break the bones in his wrist and sever his hand to free himself. Frankly I'm guessing few people would have had the courage or even the intelligence to formulate such a survival plan. And then to survive an amputation whilst in a remote setting, well you can see the odds were against him! This was a page turner, I was on the edge of my seat at times nauseated by the graphic details but nonetheless amazed he managed to suvive what was literally a death trap.
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A truly inspiring true story of a man who came face to face with death and emerged out of this experience completely transformed. More than just a book about mountaineering, it is an exploration of one's self and one's relationships with others. Aron Ralston is a talented story-teller who is able to make us relive the events as they happened, from different people's points of view. Skillfully blending humor, suspense and philosophical insights, Ralston gripped my attention and sustained it until the end.
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By Lynne Berke on Nov. 15 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for a girlfriend who sent it on to her grandson. He's in the military, in boot camp. They have no TV, no computers, no iphones or Blackberrys, no movies. They can read, but only what their family will kindly mail to them. I know he loved the book.
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By Barney on Oct. 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
Very inspirational book. Only downfall was the other stories that were told throughout the story made it a longer read than it needed to be.
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I sent this book to my niece. She loved it and it arrived on time in excellent shape. Good service.
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