Miracle in the Andes

Miracle in the Andes

72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

Audiobook CD - 2006
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"In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence. Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2006
Edition: Abridged
Branch Call Number: COMPACT DISC 982.6 P259m
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm


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May 05, 2016

May 4 2016, Well I thought that I knew this story, but listening to this, I realize that I had it all wrong. What these people went through, and how they survived was nothing but miraculous. It went from really bad to worse than I can imagine. I think I would have given up in the first few days, and I'm not so sure I could have done what it took to survive. Glad that I gave this story another try, even though I thought I knew all about it! Will listen again in the future as it is inspiring, especially if I'm feeling overwhelmed. These people WERE overwhelmed, but made it through!

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