Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Audiobook review: Paths of Glory

Several years ago I was excited to see that one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer, had released a new book called Paths of Glory. Lord Archer is a gift storyteller, and I always enjoy his books, so it's a good day when I have a new one in my hands.  Here's a bit about Paths of Glory, from its audiobook website:

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. But what if one man had such a dream…and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?
This is the story of such a man: George Mallory. He once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999. And it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.
To get right to the point- I love this book.  It's a wonderful story of a real life person, George Mallory, brought to life in a fictionalized account.  The story contains adventure and romance and ends with a mystery that has still not been solved. It has a little bit of something for everyone!  I'm not an outdoors person, and I've never had any interest in reading about mountaineering before, but when I was reading Paths of Glory, I felt like I was climbing alongside Mallory and his friends. It's a story that has stuck with me and has made me want to live with the sense of enthusiasm and adventure that characterized George Mallory's life, and that comes across in such a beautiful way in this book. 

As much as I loved the book in a print form, I enjoyed the audiobook version even more. The person reading the book has a lovely voice, and he does a wonderful job of reading Paths of Glory with emotion and energy.  The unabridged audiobook is an 11-hour book on 9 CDs, but it's worth the investment of your time.

Happy reading and listening! 

Disclosure: I received this audiobook to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.