Last week I recorded the unabridged audiobook of Mick Conefrey's mountaineering epic, The Ghosts of K2. Last year I narrated his account of the conquest of the world's highest mountain, Everest 1953: The Epic Story of the First Ascent - this year it's the second-highest mountain. It's a brilliant non-fiction account of the various attempts to reach the summit of K2. Here's the publicity blurb:
At 28,251 ft, K2 might be almost 800 ft shorter than Everest, but it’s a far harder climb. In this definitive account, Mick Conefrey grippingly describes the early attempts to reach the summit and provides a fascinating exploration of the first ascent’s complex legacy. From the drug-addicted occultist Aleister Crowley to Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, the Italian duo who finally made it to the summit, The Ghosts of K2 charts how a slew of great men became fixated on this legendary mountain.
Through exclusive interviews with surviving team members and their families, and unrivalled access to diaries and letters that have been archived around the world, Conefrey evokes the true atmosphere of the Savage Mountain and explores why it remains the ‘mountaineer’s mountain’, despite a history steeped in controversy and death. Wrought with tension, and populated by tragic heroes and eccentric dreamers, The Ghosts of K2 is a masterpiece of mountaineering literature.
The audiobook will be available from Amazon and Audible on 15 October 2015. You can pre-order it here. You can find more audiobooks performed, directed or written by me in my shop, with titles available either on CD (which can be autographed) or download.
If you'd prefer to read the book for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here: