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Between a rock and a hard place
Aron Ralston
Adult Nonfiction GV199.92.R35 A3 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Ralston's story is one of the most gut-wrenching and compelling real-life adventures in recent years: in early 2003, the avid rock-climber and outdoorsman became trapped in a Utah mountain canyon when an 800-pound boulder pinned his right arm. He spent six days there, fighting both the physical challenges of pain and dehydration, and the psychological horror that eroded his hope and energy. Eventually, he amputated his own arm with his pocket knife in order to gain his freedom. It's a truly remarkable story, and hearing Ralston retell it is alternately fascinating and unbearable. After a brief setup that details his life as an adventurer, he arrives at his moment of horror, walking the listener in painstaking detail through everything he felt and thought; his honest and blunt language (" `What are you doing, Aron? Get that knife away from your wrist!' I feel vaguely ill... my vision blurs in a nauseating swirl"), paired with his direct and non-sensational delivery, wrap the listener in a mental blanket of claustrophobia. Although squeamish listeners might find this audio presentation too overwhelming, it's a riveting document of one man's extraordinary trial. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 9). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ralston's story of survival is extraordinary. An avid outdoorsman and mountaineer, he had spent much of his life walking, hiking, and climbing. He loved the solitude, the quiet, and the beauty of the natural world. On a warm Sunday afternoon in spring 2003, he decided to take "a simple hike" in the Blue John Canyon of Utah. By mid-afternoon, his right hand and wrist were trapped against the canyon wall under an 800-pound boulder that had come loose. His awareness of his parents' and friends' love kept him alive and gave him hope. He called upon an inner fortitude to sacrifice one of his arms in order to free himself. (Bits of his story aren't for the squeamish or the claustrophobic.) After cutting off his arm and making a tourniquet, Ralston managed to hike down and find help. Recommended for libraries with large audio collections or as interest warrants.--Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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