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Over the Edge - The True Story of Four American Climbers' Kidnap and Escape in the Mountains of Central Asia

Greg Child

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"The climbers swept up in the events of August 2000 are people little different from the rest of us. Though their climbing skills taught them a thing or two about survival, it was their individual characters and their compassion for one another that kept them alive. Like anyone who has witnessed warfare and death, they feel pain over the memories that they recount in this story. It is their hope that others may learn from their experience." -from the Introduction Before dawn on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers, the oldest of them only twenty-five, were sleeping in their portaledges high on the Yellow Wall, in the Pamir-Alai mountain range of Kyrgyzstan, in central Asia. By daybreak, they would be taken at gunpoint by fanatical militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which operates out of secret bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and which is linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. The desperadoes-themselves barely out of their teens-intended to use their hostages as human shields and for ransom as they moved across Kyrgyzstan. They hid the climbers by day and marched them by night through freezing, treacherous mountains, with little food, no clean water, and the constant threat of execution. The four would see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, executed before their eyes. And in a remarkable life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they would be forced to choose between saving their own lives and committing an act none of them thought they ever could. In Over the Edge, the four climbers-Jason "Singer" Smith, John Dickey, Tommy Caldwell, and Beth Rodden-finally tell the complete story of their nightmarish ordeal. In riveting detail, author Greg Child re-creates the entire hour-by-hour drama, from the first ricocheting bullets to the climactic and agonizing decision the climbers had to make in order to gain their freedom and survival. Set in a powder-keg region of narcotics trafficking and terrorism, this is a deeply compelling book about loyalty and the

Language:

English

Narrators:

Aramand Schultz

Length:

4h 53m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:59