Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome

By Robert Madgic with Adrian Esteban
Read by Anthony Heald

8.22 Hours 10/01/2007 unabridged
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On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite’s fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night’s end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue. Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of Nature’s power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive. Listeners are sure to walk away with a newfound respect for lightning—and nature in general—after hearing this incredible true story.

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Summary

Summary

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite’s fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night’s end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue.

Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of Nature’s power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive. Listeners are sure to walk away with a newfound respect for lightning—and nature in general—after hearing this incredible true story.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sobering and compelling story…Brilliant.” Outdoor Guide
“Shattered Air is a ‘must-read’ book.” Sierra Club News
“A well-written and thoroughly investigated account…[Madgic’s] contribution to the adventure category is at once a terrifying story and an urgent cautionary tale.” Publishers Weekly
“Anthony Heald’s slightly husky voice is perfect for this outdoor horror story. He adds foreshadowing when describing the gathering clouds, quickens the pace during the storm, and injects personality into the follow-up interviews. Listen and be educated, entertained—and cautioned.” AudioFile
“A penetrating account of this tragedy.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Bob Madgic

Bob Madgic is a retired public-school administrator and now a full-time writer on the outdoors. He lives in Anderson, California.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 8.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English