In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.
Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off.
As time passed and Nando’s thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.
Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.
The author, a Uruguayan rugby player, survived a plane crash in the Andes. His skull was smashed, and he lay in a coma for two days before waking to a freezing hell. Yet he summoned the courage and strength to be one of a small group of survivors who walked out of the mountains. (The story was the basis of the 1970s' bestseller ALIVE.) Parrado's storytelling is long-winded at times but still worthwhile listening. His prose paints vivid pictures, and reader Josh Davis keeps a strong pace. Audio quality is outstanding. The author reads the prologue and epilogue, and the set contains a bonus interview with Parrado. T.F. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine