Alone on the Wall (audiobook)

By Alex Honnold, with David Roberts
7.2 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 11/09/15
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 11/09/15 9781504643955
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 11/09/15 9781504643962
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The life and death-defying feats of Alex Honnold, a visionary climber of the sort that comes along only once in a generation.

A thirty-year-old climbing phenomenon, Alex Honnold pushes the limits of free soloing beyond anything previously attempted, as he climbs without a rope, without a partner, and without any gear to attach himself to the wall. If he falls, he dies. In Alone on the Wall, Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing achievements thus far in his meteoric career, including free-soloing Sendero Luminoso in Mexico and climbing the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia. Each chapter narrates the drama of one climb, along with reflective and introspective passages that get at what makes Honnold tick. Veteran climber and award-winning author David Roberts quotes the judgments of other climbers to help put Honnold’s tremendous accomplishments in perspective.

Honnold’s renown transcends the climbing realm: at the moment, he is one of the most famous adventurers in the world. His extraordinary life has much to teach us about risk, reward, and the ability to maintain focus even in the face of extreme danger.

Review Quotes

“Alex Honnold’s climbing feats are astonishing. They are also absolutely horrifying. Reading about some of his ascents made me physically ill. As this riveting book makes clear, however, Honnold is neither crazy nor reckless. Alone on the Wall reveals him to be an utterly unique and extremely appealing young man.”

Jon Krakauer, New York Times bestselling author

“Honnold blows wide open any conventional understanding of the term ‘comfort zone.’"


“[Honnold] is the foremost practitioner of the dark art of free solo rock climbing…That is every bit as stupefying as it sounds.”

Wall Street Journal

“Alex is really the first climber to rise from the margins of this lonely fringe sport to become a kind of celebrity.”

Men’s Health

“Honnold is the biggest name in a group of adventure athletes engaging in high-risk, live action sports spectacles that seem to be pulled from the Evel Knievel playbook.”


“Honnold has free-soloed the longest, most challenging climbs ever. Most peculiar of all, even to elite rock climbers, Honnold does this without apparent fear, as if falling were not possible.”

New York Times Magazine

Alone on the Wall is a celebration of nonthinking. As he surveys the greatest accomplishments of his career, Honnold reviews his ascents in meticulous, technical detail…During the climb itself, suspended in air, at times hanging by the tip of a single finger, he experiences no fear…Honnold’s ability to ignore the higher questions—to ignore death—is not part of the reason for his success. It’s the entire reason. It’s also the source of his allure.”

Atlantic Monthly

“The likable Honnold…downplay[s] his successes while sharing climbing tactics and, more pointedly, how he manages fear in the face of such singular danger.”


“The humility, pioneering spirit, and courage that are the author’s personal hallmarks are both refreshing and invigorating…An inspiringly intense memoir for readers of adventure lit.”

Kirkus Reviews