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Sintesi dell'editore

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue.

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.

©2005 Robert Madgic (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

"[A] penetrating account of this tragedy." ( Booklist)
"If you've ever felt cavalier about dealing with mountain thunderstorms, this drama about lightning and death should fix it." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"[A] well-written and thoroughly investigated account....Madgic's contribution to the adventure category is at once a terrifying story and an urgent cautionary tale." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 24/01/2011

Not that much Catastrophe or Courage

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.

17 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • T. Chambless
  • 16/08/2008

Had me on the edge of my seat

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.

8 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • james
  • 06/09/2020

What are you guys thinking.

This book shouldn't exist! It's semi well written and kinda of interesting but like a 5th grade essay he losses his point so entirely that by the time he wanders back you forgot what the story is supposed to be about. There's a whole section on mountain climbing ( which has no relivence to this story or it's persons. There is also this forbidding unmentioned FEAR of storms that I feel he really got heavy handed with. The author really feels like humans should be inside from a half hour before a storm to a half hour after it..... Who has time for that in life? This book could have been half it's length with 2x the excitement if he had left his fluff out of this book.

7 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • K. Swinford
  • 17/02/2021

Toxic Masculinity Kills Moron

A group of macho, misogynistic, toxic, binge drug users get hurt because they were careless.

4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Deborah
  • 19/12/2020

Disappointing!

This book dragged on and on! Would it ever get to the point? Don’t know. Quit listening. Absolutely boring!

4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jonathan B.
  • 17/04/2016

Good story, but excessive detail.

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.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Yi Hsing
  • 30/11/2008

Good to the last word

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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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia L Stacy
  • 25/08/2021

Battered Air

Full of filler! A story of a lightening strike on Half Dome doesn't need the politics or music of the sixties. Horrible mispronunciation of very well know places in Yosemite. El Portal is NOT El Portill, and reproducing what the narrator did to "Tuolumne" Meadows is impossible. In my opinion this book glorifies the use of drugs and risk taking in an environment where such behavior costs lives every year.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tonia K. Vinecombe
  • 10/01/2021

Just okay

I did learn a few things listening to this book, and being a hiker, I’ll put these lessons to good use. Overall though, the book went down several 20-30 minute rabbit holes that really could have been sped up. For the first time ever, i fast forwarded through sections to get back to the point of the book. Most detailed sections didn’t even assist in a better visualization, rather were just unnecessary. Less is more is what I would recommend to this author.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sera Wise
  • 21/03/2022

Wonderful Narrator

Narrator is fantastic, the writing could have been slimmed down, as there was way more context and background than necessary to explain the event and history behind the event that changes their lives. The story is fleshed out to stretch much longer than it needs to be, and while a lot of data is given to support the concepts and science and history behind the events, much of it is completely irrelevant, but I suppose Esteban very much wanted the entire story, and his story to be told, so much of it is from his perspective that, in the end, reveals he wanted something a little more out of this book than simply to explain what happened. A serious story, an interesting reader, but more detail on events leading up to it than we needed.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • James Moynihan
  • 18/01/2022

Got Bored before anything even happened

I found it rather boring and tapped out on the 4th chapter. theres just way too much filler for my liking. I didnt need to hear a detailed over explained account of how one guy souped up his truck, so many things that just weren't relative to the story...just didnt hold my attention,

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