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on 23 May 2014
Got this for my husband, as he's a budding climber (climbed Kili a couple years ago), and he said it was a brilliant book.
He said it was brilliantly written - very impressed.
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on 1 November 2013
Very interesting insight into a different era of climbing and exploration. The world has changed. Hard to imagine this story in today's world.
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on 26 May 2014
Not your usual subject, but this account was well written and very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the account and would recommend it.
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on 27 February 2013
So many stories of this event, but this helps to put many into context, making you want to reread others. A good read.
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on 8 February 2013
Not a bad read in a documentary style. This covers off much of the myth and unpicks the nonsense surrounding who actually got there first - Hillary or Tenzing...? For me it was an exercise in clarifying the detail and recognising Hunt's management of the ascent but it didn't maintain much suspense or create a real sense of drama. This is essentially down to the documentary nature of the book rather than Conefrey's prose. Though having said that - books like Harrer's White Spider and Herzog's Annapurna manage suspense, drama and documentary - but I guess that's the first-person nature of their reportage.

Nonetheless - worth the read.
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on 15 January 2013
ok if you are into this kind of thing. Nothing new in the story for all it tries to play it that way, Not exiting and could have said what it does in 25% of the space, Dull in it's writing style poor on content buy worth the stars from a lover of the genre,
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on 12 July 2014
A good read, if a little disjointed in parts.
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on 24 August 2014
Very interesting book. Many thanks,
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on 8 September 2014
excellent
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on 13 January 2013
The book was a little dissappointing concentrating too much on press rights to the ascent story. It also did not describe adequatelly the descent from the successfull summit bid. Lastly the author needs a good proof reader judging by the number of typo's I spotted
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