127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place Audio CD – 26 Oct 2010
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'Ralston manages to keep the tension flowing throughout . . . alternating each chapter of angst-ridden, present-tense narrative with a cosier chapter of climbing nostalgia. This lends the book a Hitchcockian rhythm, see-sawing neatly between calm and tension. . . . . He is somehow able to chronicle the ebb and flow of his thoughts and feelings during his ordeal with an exactness that gives his book the emotional pull of a psychological thriller.'
Craig Brown, book of the week in the MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Ralston is a passionate man who has lived his life resolutely pursuing this passion. His fortitude in his dire predicament was, as he would say, awesome, and from this it is possible to learn much about hope in the face of overwhelming odds.'
Toby Clements, DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Heroic, searing and compelling' Benedict Allen '[This book has] the emotional pull of a psychological thriller'
MAIL ON SUNDAY
'A gripping book . . . It not only details his entrapment and escape but tells vivid tales of extreme mountaineering prior to that defining misadventure'
Joanna Walters, DAILY EXPRESS
'Ralston is superb at evoking the epic beauty of the land, and his description of his ordeal is riveting: think Touching the Void directed by Tarantino'
Sarfraz Manzoor, NEW STATESMAN
'Here is one man's heroic struggle with the infinite, a searing and compelling read. Aron Ralston tells his agonizing, inspiring tale of survival with all the verve and honesty you'd expect of someone who somehow found inspiration even in the face of a lonely death.'
'Riveting . . . if you only read one adventure book this year, this is it'
THE GREAT OUTDOORS --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From the Back Cover
Here is one mans heroic struggle with the infinite, a searing and compelling read. Aron Ralston tells his agonizing, inspiring tale of survival with all the verve and honesty youd expect of someone who somehow found inspiration even in the face of a lonely death.
BENEDICT ALLEN --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is not just a book about "the man that cut his arm off", it's a book about life, friends, family, the wilderness, adventure, climbing, snow sports, biology, disability, spirituality, and the media's reaction to one man's experience.
Aaron's reflections on his life as he experienced them over his time in the canyon works very well as a narrative device to keep the tension whilst exploring his thoughts. His exit from the boulder, despite being built-up for so long, is not a disappointment and will have you crying out-loud in anguish!
Like many adventure disaster stories, Aaron's experience can be seen as bad planning - he went out on his own in the middle of nowhere an left no useful record of his intentions. Unlike many such works, he accepts this fact from the beginning and explores the implications throughout the book. He has an endearing ability to simply recount events, thoughts and emotions, inspiring the reader to ponder the implications.
Throughout the book the way aaron's brain works is quite amazing. His ability to reason through his predicament and tirelessly work through problems is truly fascinating.
What was unexpected for me (and, I think, for Aaron) are the spiritual experiences that add so much to the tale.
Everyone should read this book!
However when you get to the nub of his dilemma and start thinking about what would you do in that situation you soon realise what a brave guy he was. Stranded miles for anywhere with no one knowing his whereabouts he had to summon real fortitude to cut off his own arm plus have the unnerring faith that he would get out alive.
Hats off to him. A stonking good read. If you like Joe Simpson's touching the void you'll like this.
Aron is incredibly full of life, vigour, and the will to survive which has, without question, been an inspiration to others and helped him to survive his accident. Sadly though he is also full of pride which shines out on every page saying "Look what me, look at what I can do!". Even Aron's epiphany of understanding his friends comment about "it is not what you do,... it is who you are" seems short-lived. I therefore found the tone of the book to be very arrogant.
This book inspired me, but perhaps in an unintended way, specifically that important lesson which is "Pride comes before a fall". For a truly inspirational story I would recommend "The Luxury of Time" by (and about) Jane Tomlinson. Now that really is living for the moment!
Still, the best parts of the book are his accounts of being stuck in Blue John Canyon and his sharing of his thoughts and worries which reach a maximum level of intensity. He had to drink his own urine too and watch his right hand decompose in front of him. I found the most interesting part his hullucinations, his near death experience and preminitions which I wished he could've expounded on. I found it somewhat different to the film and some of the biographical stories tend to break up the tension in which the film had displayed and demonstrated. Some of the other stories are interesting, such as the one when he gets chased by bear, which I found rather amusing. however, the other biographical details were no where as intense as the 127 hours in which he was stuck in that canyon.
I liked the fact that he had been reborn had found a sense of spiritualality and had reflected on his whole life to realize the selfishness and pain he had inflicted on others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although his story is harrowing and a beautiful tale of human survival I found the book to be a little meh... Neither here nor there! Read morePublished 2 months ago by gcheque
very tense and thrilling story of this amazing mans Journey to hell and back.Published 3 months ago by Miss J. Fenn
So inspiring and so brave. The life experiences this guy already had in tough conditions certainly trained his mind well for dealing with this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joan
This has earned one star as it is at least a book. Unfortunately it is one of the most tedious and boring things I have ever read. Do not recommend.Published 5 months ago by Mr. O. A. Somers
this was an audio tape... quite a good story... and listened to it once.. a god listen..
Bit too technical in parts -lots of parts in fact!Ended up skimming over the authors previous trips which I wasnt interested in-but that is just my opinion-the main body of this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by mrs s mchugh