Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of nature's power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive.
This book is the best read I've had in a while. I like adventure stories and nature and this combines both. Yosemite, lightening, hiking, rescue are all involved and makes for a good listen.
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I love stories about mountains, extreme weather, outdoor adventures and heroic survival and rescues, but this one just isn't that interesting. Summary could be - a bunch of stoners ignore all warnings, go up Half Dome in a storm, the most inexperienced die and a bunch of bypassers are forced to put themselves in danger to rescue them. The characters aren't particularly likeable or interesting and there's nothing particularly exciting about the rescue. Lots of detail and history about lightening strikes, but for the first time ever I had to make myself listen to the end, hoping it might become more engaging - but it never did.
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This book is one of the five best books I ever listened. The story is attractive and the narrator's performance is great. I wish I can give it six stars.
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Amazing story, great narrator's voice and I will never climb Half Dome. I love Yosemite.
I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this book. Unfortunately, the story was overshadowed by an overwhelming amount of unnecessary detail that did not add anything to the understanding or enjoyability of the plot (ex. detailing the accounts of climbers that were never involved in the accident and never mentioned again after the initial introduction). I consistently found myself saying "Just get on with it already!" Good enough to read once but too aggrivating to read a second time.
Not that the narration was terrible. It was just . . . so. There was a lack of excitement that could have made the difference.
Would you try another book from Bob Madgic and Adrian Esteban and/or Anthony Heald?
Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Madgic and Adrian Esteban ? Why or why not?
Maybe, if I knew there was less foul language
What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?
Clear and kept you engaged
Was Shattered Air worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
Good book on famous event that occurred on Half-Dome. It also includes some excellent background information on lightning, a brief history of Yosemite and Half-Dome, and climbing.
While reading you can sense that disaster was coming even if it did not know the eventual outcome. You think, “How can people be this reckless?” Clearly in this case thrill-seeking and ego took over their better judgment, and it cost people their lives. The courage and quick action of the would-be rescuers in an overwhelming situation also helps you better understand the challenges these everyday heroes face and you are grateful for such people who overcome the odds to save others.
Overall I liked the storytelling and the background, and you develop empathy for everyone involved. My only negative was that it included significant foul language, and this distracted from the enjoyment of the narrative. It was the reason I gave it a lower rating.
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