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Blind Descent by James M. Tabor
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Sep 24, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, 2010, audiobook
Read from September 24 to October 02, 2010

This was an alright book. I was weary of reading it at first, since I've actually met one of the "super cavers" that this book is about a number of times (Bill Stone), and I find him to be an utter twat. I really didn't want to read a book that glorified this man in any way, shape, or form.

Sadly, this book did just that. Even though the cave that Stone was exploring is NOT the deepest cave in the world, more than 3/4 of the book was devoted to him. It may as well have been a biography of Stone, and if I'd know that, I wouldn't have read it (why bother reading so much about a man I find disgusting?).

One crazy "small world" experience happened in this book. It turns out that my former physical therapist, Pat Stone, is Bill Stone's ex-wife. Who knew?

I think if I did not know Stone, I might have enjoyed this book more. It certainly does do a good job of describing the joys and frustrations of caving in general, and seems to do a good job of describing expedition caving (which I have never done, though in a past life I did enjoy going underground and was involved in a local grotto, vertical work, and rescue work). Alas.
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Corinne Part of the reason I didn't like this book is because Bill Stone is such a twat, and I didn't care if he succeeded or not. So at the very least, it isn't glorifying him so much...

Heather Cawte I don't think you have to have met Bill Stone to think the man is a royal pain. I got that within the first couple of chapters :)

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