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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Abr Mti edition (26 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442340010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442340015
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,509,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.'

Benedict Allen

'Riveting . . . if you only read one adventure book this year, this is it'

THE GREAT OUTDOORS --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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‘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.’
BENEDICT ALLEN --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is a truly inspiring book!
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!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty mind-blowing story. The chapters about his ordeal are intersperced with stories about previous death-defying adventures including avalanches and blinding snowstorms. This was a very honest and unvarnished account of what Aron Ralston went through, and as such it is very powerful. I had to keep looking at his photo on the cover to reassure myself that he lived!! It helps put life into perspective, a little, and I highly recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
If this book was cut down to a third of it's size I would give it 5 but in it's current state it would scrape a 3. I enjoyed the actual account of his entrapment and how he managed to keep alert and solve his problem.I think he is a very strong person mentally and this shines through in the book,giving an important message of we do what we believe we can do.However the other bits of the book with long descriptions of previous foolhardy trips and detailed technical facts for how he climbed,used ropes etc I found almost sent me to sleep.If these bits,well 2 thirds of the book were cut out I would recommend that you buy it to read. As it is it would be best to borrow it from a library so you don't waste your money.
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Format: Paperback
At first I was a little put off reading the book as I thought that Aron came over as arrogant and really full of himself.

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.
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I found this book fairly hard-going for 2 reasons. I am not a "outdoorsman" and I found the multiple technical descriptions of expeditions lengthy and tedious. Unless you are "in the know" they bring very little to the story and I found myself scan reading these parts. The second problem is that I found Aron Ralston to be a completely unsympathetic "character". In his own admission his "attitudes were not intrinsically safe" however he refuses to regret his mistakes and instead swears to learn from them but he fails to do this, repeatedly.

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!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
30 minute long chapters about past trips and life experience that nobody needs to know about totally pollute an otherwise enthralling story. It reads like someone with a tale to tell has been instructed to pad out the book with some human interest stories by the publisher. I'm 50% of the way through and I'm finding myself skipping chapters on the kindle, which are so long and irrelevant it takes 5 minutes to get by them, not how I want to spend my lunch hour at work!
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Format: Paperback
I read this book in three days. After seeing the film I really wanted to get a better insight into the authors life and understand what type of man it would take to cut of his own arm. I understand why the previous reviewer has given this book three stars as I agree that some of the climbing lingo and his descriptions are difficult to follow especially for those of us who are not enthusiastic as the author is. I didn't always understand what he was describing and found it difficult to picture what he was doing, phrases like cornice, couloir, crampons, DPS, ECSO, ICS, Lexan and many others kept popping up and I had no idea what they meant. However, when I reached the end of the book and saw there was a glossary, I wish I would've known this before GODDAMIT!

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.
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