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The Wall

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  573 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
A half mile up the sunlit walls of Yosemite, a rope breaks, a young woman plunges to her death, and the rescue from hell begins.Thirty-five years ago, Hugh Glass found glory on El Cap, and met the woman he would marry and lose. Now he's back to climb the wall again, and make a fresh start. But when disaster strikes a team of women high above, Hugh finds himself drawn into ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2006)
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Charlene Intriago
The first chapter is so descriptive. Absolutely amazing in its description. No spoilers here, though, but just the first chapter is well worth the read. And the last one too. Lots of surprises there which I didn't see coming. Two old friends, Hugh Glass and Lewis Cole, climbing buddies, decide to climb El Capitan in Yosemite one last time before they give up climbing. Their lives had gone in different directions and even though they had had kept in touch over the years, it's a chance for them to ...more
May 02, 2007 JT rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adventure
This book was fantastic. To me it was this great adventure of two best friends trying to concur and overcome midlife, trying to gain a small measure of who they once were back. By climbing an old familiar mountain face together, trying to work their own personal demons, they are brought into a climbing accident gone wrong. One woman is dead and two others trapped high above. As these men work their own way up and encounter a rescue teams things get more than personal. Questions are asked and lie ...more
Jay Ensley
Mar 18, 2014 Jay Ensley rated it it was amazing
Aside from being a great read, this book is a technical masterpiece, a novel length "O. Henry" story. I compare it to Elisa Albert's "The Book of Dahlia" in that it rewards the reader who has invested themselves in the story with a closing line that is shattering. I challenge anyone who reads "The Wall" not to immediately begin flipping through the book's pages in search of proof that Long could not have pulled off his literary slight-of-hand as flawlessly as he does. Go ahead, go back to the be ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Dariosk rated it it was ok
Reading this will be fine for anybody who likes climbing, or mountains.

But as a novel it doesn't work really well.
Though there's enough tension to keep you going and you want to know where it's heading, the ending was very much a cheap, dirty trick... which I hated.
It had little or nothing to do with what came before it.

I think if an author wants to make something like this work, he/she has to make an honest effort to pave the road before, while the action is going on, and not drop the axe all
Darren Vincent
Jul 21, 2014 Darren Vincent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I love this book. I am not even sure where to begin the praises.

This book is about characters and each of their journeys and we learn a little bit more about each of these characters history and motivations as the journey progresses. Because there are so few characters in the story to begin with and couple with the remoteness of the setting, the author spends plenty of time rounding out each character. These characters begin to feel like old fiends and you start to empathize with them and agoniz
Sep 17, 2012 fuzzgig rated it liked it
The Wall is the latest in a group of books I've listened to (Audio CD) about mountain climbing, and it was one of the few fiction titles I was able to find. It seems natural that hard-core rock climbing would make a good setting for a thriller, where death is just a finger-slip away, yet I had a hard time finding many.

In The Wall, two aging rock climbers return to the site of their biggest glory, Yosemite's El Capitan, to reclimb a route they first pioneered in their youth. Both are hounded by t
Sep 11, 2012 Howl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up after Der-Shing Helmer's recommendation of Jeff Long's work (I, in turn, will enthusiastically recommend Der-Shing's work). This book is the story of two old climbing buddies who reunite for a final ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite, and how everything basically does not work out (to put it mildly). I feel like going over the plot might spoil some things, and I don't really like putting spoilers in reviews (although the book jacket does kind of give away about the first 200 p ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Mitchell rated it liked it
I paid full price at Borders for the hardback version of The Wall by Jeff Long. For me that is really saying something. I've written about Jeff Long before, especially about the wonderful scary book The Descent, which by the way the movie sucks and isn't anything like the book.

I like Jeff Long like I like Robert Ludlum. I pretty much read everything they write and like it. I think that over the years Long has worked on his craft and gotten better and better at writing. I started reading him beca
I came to this book doing a search of my local library's collection of audio books narrated by Grover Gardner. It said "thriller" so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try. My former husband was a climber. Well, quite the book! And the audio is very well done. I'd just say that if you have no experience with climbing you might find parts of it a bit tedious for all of the detail. I didn't know what to expect and got the unexpected.
Mar 30, 2012 Traummachine rated it liked it
Jeff Long produces books pretty infrequently. For The Wall, he obviously wanted to write a climbing book instead of a thriller...maybe that contributed to the big delay. The general plot is about a couple guys trying to have one last climb before they're too old, but things go horribly wrong...Despite my misgivings about that, it was a good read.

My favorite Long books are still The Descent and Year Zero (in that order), but this was still very dark and good. There's a surreal feel to it (which h
Apr 29, 2016 Sonya rated it it was amazing
Two aging climbers, Hugh and Lewis, reunite to make a final climb of Yosemite’s treacherous El Capitan. Each man arrives with a lifetime of baggage and vastly different approaches to life.

Internal struggles wage war alongside, and often with, external struggles in a novel that never lets up on edge-of-your-seat intensity. More than a thriller, this work is a study of the human psyche, relationships, philosophy, life and death, and right and wrong.

With one of my favorite opening chapters of all t
Jun 26, 2011 Elise rated it liked it
I LOVE Jeff Long, "Descent" and "Deeper" were so original and intense and "Year Zero" is *exactly* the kind of book I can't get enough of. Reckoning was more of a ghost story, and therefore more predictable but I still enjoyed it. By the time I got around to "The Wall" the story felt *really* predictable. I knew exactly (I mean down to the smallest detail) how the story would end, when I was at least 5 chapters from the end. I know he's a climber, so the climbing stuff was realistic but unless y ...more
Benjamin Nelson
Jun 01, 2016 Benjamin Nelson rated it it was ok
An interesting story with suspense and action until the end where it went into demonic supernatural explanations for the storyline that did not flow with the rest of the book at all. Decent story with a good arc until the end where it fell flat with idiotic mysticism. A disappointment.
Sep 06, 2015 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
I'm really a fan of Jeff Long's prose. He paints a wonderfully tense, slightly surrealist picture of the wall and a desperate rescue attempt. There's a ton of great moments in this novel, but it never quite ties all the way together and the ending leaves a lot to be desired.
Nov 09, 2010 Brett rated it really liked it
Finished "The Wall" by Jeff Long. First of all, there are too many books out there named, "The Wall." And no, this has nothing to do with Pink Floyd. It's about a rock climber's midlife reliving of past glory on El Cap in Yosemite, and how his life is tangled up with several others. Had I any knowledge of rock climbing terminology and culture, I would have probably liked it even more, but even without that, I liked it well enough. However, I didn't like the ending. That makes it difficult to say ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
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Jeff Long's books are a beautiful pairing of modern day daring and old world mysticism. I will try not give anything away, but I will say that if you are familiar with Long's style of writing and various themes and notions pertaining to religion that he commonly plays with in his stories, you may not find the ending to be too much of a surprise. This is why, although a fun read, The Wall is not one of my favorite books by this author. Still, his characters of genuine, believable and honest and t ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
This book freaked me out. a Lot. I'd forgotten how good Long is at creating unease and making people forget reality.
Melanie Gillman
Aug 26, 2015 Melanie Gillman rated it it was ok
I'm real over misogyny as a plot device in horror.
Jun 02, 2015 rentus rated it really liked it
The best kind of book, one you cannot put down. A tiny minus for the ending I guessed way too early.
I'm a longtime fan of Jeff Long, but this was not one of his better works. While it says thriller on the cover, it was not much of one. I give it three stars because the mountaineering aspect of the book was interesting. Meanwhile, the characters are either crazy or flat, and nothing that happened to them made me really care. The writing was wasn't great, and at some points quite confusing. Honestly, this is one I could have passed on. Great promise in the premise, but poor follow-through.
Janet Martin
May 18, 2013 Janet Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know which was stronger, the novel or Grover Gardner's wonderful audiobook performance. To be honest, I've never had a head for heights, but a few mountain climbing books make me wish I did. But, having lived some years in Saudi Arabia, this story realy grabbed me. It also reminded me of something I read years ago about a book needing an ending that was morally right. This was my best listen--best book, for that matter--of 2008 and it lives on in my mind.
Mar 08, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Good premise. Decent plot. Ridiculous ending.
Eden Celeste
Mar 31, 2009 Eden Celeste rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, other
An interesting book about two guy's midlife crisis and reliving their youth, and relationships, on a climb up a wall. During their journey they have to face their demons, some more real than others. This isn't exactly horror, but it has enough horror elements to label it as such. I've never gone rock climbing before, but I have a much better idea of what it entails now. I found the ending disturbing, but otherwise I enjoyed this book well enough.
Miriam Wilcox
Jul 20, 2012 Miriam Wilcox rated it it was ok
I have to say I really enjoyed parts of this book. It has some mystery to it and the climbing descriptions were actually quite good. But there were some very long and drawn out parts that seemed highly unnecessary. Then the end just irritated me terribly. Too many unanswered questions, not enough understanding of why people did the actions they did. Honestly, I wish I had put the book down with 5 pages to go and called it a day.
Jun 19, 2012 Janis rated it it was ok
This book attracted my attention because of the location - Yosemite. My favorite place. The story, climbing El Cap was also intriguing. The plot was very weak but my interest was kept by the little bits along the way that I learned about climbing and what goes on in the mind of a climber.
Erin Crittenden
Oct 12, 2012 Erin Crittenden rated it liked it
Holy SHIZ was this book creepy. And I HATE creepy. But I KNEW it would be creepy from the beginning, and I was hooked from the first page!!!! Stole it from my dad for awhile to take back to my place to read...don't tell him...but it was worth it and still irrepressibly creepy. AAAAAAA!!
Jan 08, 2008 Huntley rated it did not like it
I have read and really enjoyed all of Long's books previously, and I absolutely hated this one. The plot was just poor, long, and drawn out. I continuously force myself to finish every book I start, and I genuinely suffered for having done that with this one.
Jun 29, 2009 Jana rated it it was ok
Well it gave me nightmares for a week because I used to climb and my daughter climbs now. The graphic details were a bit much for me is all.
Otherwise it was a good story with a very unexpected ending.
More of a wacko thriller in a way.
Jun 09, 2011 S.A. rated it liked it
This book felt like the author had his ending from square one and went back to write the story. That's fine, but there were a few, how do I say, cheats and oddities which made sense once I read the ending.
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