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The Wall: A Thriller

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jeff Long

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2006

Duration: 8 hours 32 minutes

Summary:

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Reckoning

On the vast, sunlit walls of the world's greatest monolith, two veteran climbers unwittingly ascend into a vertical underworld. In a place where obsession kills, they quickly fall prey to past loves, old demons, and ghostly revenge.

Hugh and Lewis were Yosemite legends. El Capitan was their holy grail, and their destiny seemed written on its big walls. Here they met the women who married, then left them. Now, 35 years later, Hugh's wife has long since mysteriously disappeared into the desert and Lewis's wife is divorcing him. The old friends reunite to climb El Cap one last time and make a fresh start.

But "the Captain" seems cursed this time around. Even before the aging "wall rats" leave the ground, disaster strikes three young women high on a neighboring route. Hugh discovers one body in the forest and spies a second dangling a half mile overhead. He and Lewis launch their ascent, desperate to leave the terrible omens behind. But there is no escape. Doubts haunt them, the elements plague them, and an eerie reptilian woman invades their sleep. Every vertical inch, the men must battle the stone, their aging bodies, fear, and the memories of great loves lost.

"Grover Gardner has readers clinging to Long's novel about mountain climbers endangered and trapped on El Capitan, in Yosemite. Gripping is too mild a term for the intense listening experience as a reunion of two 50-year-old climbers turns into a nightmare... Gardner's narration is the voice of sanity among the most bizarre events, keeping reader pinioned. "-AudioFile

"Heart-stopping vertical adventure."-Kirkus Reviews

"The surprise ending is a true shocker in this hurtling, gripping read."-Publishers Weekly

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  • Darren F

    Exceeded my expectations! Jeff Long can write! I'm surprised I never heard of him before. Grover Gardner's narration was good as usual except for his poor attempt at a southern accent; If you don't have it, don't do it! From the reviews, non-climbers maybe discouraged by the technical jargon of rock climbing used, but this is ultimately how I, and others, should learn from books. If you don't know a often used word or term, for instance what a "cam" or "camalot" looks like or how it is used in climbing, then look it up! We are spoiled by the Internet’s instantaneous access for looking up the unknown but many fail to take advantage of it and then go and blame an author for being overly technical. Should he have just used a generic term "protection devices" to lump cams, nuts, pitons, and hexes together? Good writing is about specificity so the reader can picture what is being described accurately. By the way, if you don't know what "cam" is, then look it up after you read this; aesthetics alone, its an impressive looking device!

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