Mysterium

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.08 hours)
Product Number: Z100136828
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538540701
Narrator/s: Neil Shah
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A young woman who lost her mother to climbing is resolved to summit India's highest peak, and instigates a treacherous and revelatory expedition, in this daring and lyrical novel. Mysterium, known as Mount Sarasvati, looms over the Indian Himalayas as the range's tallest peak. Sarasvati "Sara" Troy is determined to reach the peak for which she was christened, and to climb it in honor of her mother, who perished in a mountaineering accident when Sara was just a child. She asks her father, a celebrated mountaineer and philosophy professor, to organize and lead the expedition. The six climbers he recruits are an uneasy mix. They include his longtime friend Dr. Arun Reddy, a recent widower and Reddy's son, who often challenges his father; Wilder Carson, the acclaimed climber who is tormented by the death of his brother; Wilder's wife, Vida, a former lover of Dr. Reddy; and the distinguished scholar of climbing Virgil Adams and his wife, Hillary. Porters and Sherpas are recruited in India to assist and be part of the team. The party's journey is harrowing, taking them from the mountain's gorge, into its sanctuary, and finally onto the summit, a path that evokes the hell, purgatory, and heaven of Dante's Inferno. As the air thins and this unforgettable journey unfolds, Sara emerges as a Beatrice-like figure, buoying her companions up the mountain through the sheer strength and beauty of her being. Both monumental quest and dreamlike odyssey, Mysterium is infused with the language of climbing and profound existential insight.

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Author(s): Susan Froderberg
Original Publish Date: Aug 14, 2018

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Product Number:Z100136828
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Author(s): Susan Froderberg
Narrator(s): Neil Shah
Product Number DD38624
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538540664
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Author(s): Susan Froderberg
Product Number EB00718549
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374718107

Professional reviews

"MYSTERIUM is an audiobook about adventure, loss, and redemption. Place those topics against the backdrop of an imposingly tall mountain and put a mismatched team of human beings on the side of said peak, and one would expect a dazzling performance. While Neil Shah is certainly a consistent narrator, this performance is too regulated, too measured, for such a story. One's mind knows that a lively tale is being shared, but one's ear hears only Shah's careful, slow cadence, and the exhilaration of the story is tamped down. The audiobook is certainly one that could engage an avid listener--after all, the story is engaging, and Shah's voice is pleasant--but one should expect a slow journey to the top. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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