Latest reviews in Sport Books »

Best A-Void-ed

Advantages: It's probably a great read if you're a mountaineer
Disadvantages: I'm not

I came into possession of a copy of “Touching the Void” in much the same way I found the music of Matchbox Twenty for the first time. I saw a copy of the book on sale, vaguely recalled reading positive things about either it of the film that was made fro ...

Soho_Black 13.04.2005 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Left For Dead

Advantages: An incredible story of human survival against the odds.
Disadvantages: Technical mountaineering terms go unexplained (no glossary).

Joe Simpson is an experienced mountaineer, and a Greenpeace activist. In June 1985, along with his climbing partner Simon Yates, he reached the 21,000ft summit of the Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes, via the previously unclimbed West Face. ...

PJE_ 28.02.2001 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

An amazing true life story

Advantages: Gripping from start to finish
Disadvantages: You won't be able to put it down

Joe Simpson’s book, Touching the Void, is a true story of two men’s attempts to climb a previously unconquered mountain in the Peruvian Andes. It is an autobiographical account of Joe’s struggle for survival once he became injured and h ...

mandyhaley 05.06.2001 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

touching the void touches the emotions

Advantages: horrowing, moving, epic, well written, inspiring and an unbelieveable story
Disadvantages: many climbing terms used that arent explained, no respite from main plot

Touching the void is perhaps the most well known and extreme tails of mountain survival around. once picked up this is a hard book to put down. ***caution plot details given - i'll try not to give too much away*** it tells the true story of Joe Simp ...

battery 08.05.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Inspiring Tale of Survival

Advantages: Incredible story, wonderfully written, genuinely inspiring.
Disadvantages: Only lasts about 3 days on the commute as its so easy to read!

I picked this up after reading a brief synopsis of the events in "The Dangerous Book for Boys". The book tells of an ill-fated expedition to the summit of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985 by Simpson and his companion Simon Yates. Following an ac ...

awwallace 22.01.2008 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money