Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Miracle in the Andes” as Want to Read:
Miracle in the Andes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Miracle in the Andes

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  15,785 ratings  ·  981 reviews
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 t
...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Broadway Books (first published 2006)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Miracle in the Andes, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Terry Candee Not at all. It is a personal story written 30 years later with reflection on the event and inner conflicts during the days on the mountain. One of my …moreNot at all. It is a personal story written 30 years later with reflection on the event and inner conflicts during the days on the mountain. One of my favorite books of my life (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.26  · 
Rating details
 ·  15,785 ratings  ·  981 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Miracle in the Andes
Linds
Why bother reading Nando Parrado's book if you have already read 'Alive' right? After all, that book was written right after the event with extensive interviews with the 16 survivors and offers an accurate and detailed account of the events of that tragic crash sight portrayed in the 1993 Ethan Hawke movie 'Alive'?

WRONG! This book is simply amazing. Written thirty years after the crash Nando ruminates and expresses his emotions about those awful 72 days. There are many interesting points he brin
...more
Buggy
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Opening Line: “It was Friday the thirteenth of October. We joked about that -flying over the Andes on such an unlucky day, but young men make these kinds of jokes so easily.”

This was a fantastic read, absolutely gripping even though I already knew the story pretty well having read Piers Paul Read’s Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and catching the movie on TV a couple times. You wouldn’t really think there'd be much left to tell of the ill-fated Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crash and thei
...more
Savvy
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A staggering story....Intense and Incredible!

When my book club chose this book, I honestly wasn't looking forward to reading it. I had read ALIVE and thought I already knew the story, as it had been told in detail.
Boy, was I blown away! What an amazing surprise MIRACLE IN THE ANDES turned out to be!

Nanado Parrado very skillfully and gently takes you into those mountains with such vivid images and heartbreaking exchanges of dialogue, that you 'feel' the immense cold, your stomach actually chu
...more
Debra
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Such a moving and amazing book on survival, loss and triumph of the human spirit. This is a personal account written by Nando Parrado of what happened to him and other survivors of the Andes plane crash. 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 ...more
Alicen
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
AMAZING! I was somewhat taken by surprise by this book, which is the story of the personal account of the one survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1974. The author was an untested and somewhat spoiled young man in his 20's when his plane crashed in the mountains and he and his rugby teammates were left for dead. Their story was also told in "Alive", which is also a great book, but this story is less about the details of the crash and more about the author's personal journal out of the mountains ...more
Diana
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miracle in the Andes [2006] – ★★★★★

The author of this book – Nando Parrado – is one of the sixteen survivors of the crash of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 deep in the Andes in 1972. After the crash, twenty-eight survivors battled inhumane conditions high in the mountains to survive and only sixteen made it alive after seventy-two days. Even though the previous book Alive [1974] detailed the story, Parrado’s book, which came out in 2006, is a completely different account of this experience w
...more
Donna
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am probably like a lot of other people who, after reading Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors many years ago, never got the story out of my head. I missed this book completely when it came out in 2006 but am so glad a friend lent it to me. The only bad thing was that I started reading it while I still had family at the house for the Thanksgiving weekend and I had to pretty much be physically pulled away from the book to interact with everyone. (Apologies to my sister...)

This book was comp
...more
Cheryl
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1972, author Nando Parrado was a member of a Uruguayan rugby team that chartered a plane to fly them over the Andes mountain range to play a match in Chile. For several days before their flight took off the weather had been bad. But on the day they left, the weather had cleared. At an altitude of 12,000 feet, the plane encountered severe turbulence and crashed in a remote part of the Andes mountains.

Nando Parrado’s poignant account of the events that followed will hold you spellbound. Surviv
...more
Jane
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I had always thought that life was the actual thing, the natural thing, and that death was simply the end of living. Now, in this lifeless place, I saw with a terrible clarity that death was the constant, death was the base, and life was only a short, fragile dream. I was dead already. I had been born dead, and what I thought was my life was just a game death let me play as it waited to take me." - Nando Parrado.

This is an incredible story of survival, despair, hope, and pain. The word "Inspir
...more
Jeremy
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! A first-hand account of the famous rugby team crash in the Andes in 1972. If you like what I call the Krakauer genre--you'll love this one! Very insightful! What goes through your mind when you realize you've survived a crash--but the search crews have given up and there is no way out of the mountains? How about the thought process behind the decision to eat the frozen flesh of your dead friends? This is one of the more powerful books I've read in a while. Stark look into the depths of ...more
Jimcgold
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in life's perspectives
This was one of the most amazing survival stories I've ever read. What is most incredible is to listen to the author, in his own tone of voice, articulate the philosophy, values and behavior of this airplane accident high in the Andes. And then, from a perspective of over 30 years, hear him describe what he has learned and what is important to him. Lessons for us all.
Apratim Mukherjee
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do not see any reason for rating this book less than five stars.The Andes tried to kill them and they survived.This whole incident is narrated by the author in detail and each part and paragraph of this book makes you see the suffering of the survivors in the crash right from Nando's head.I do not think any first hand account was included in Alive.So this makes the book more special.
I recommend this for every one
E. H. Nathasia
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a powerful story on the power of human spirit. The experienced was conveyed in a believable and alive way that manages to make me feel along Nando. Perplexed and uncertain at first, struggling and trying, heartbreak and loss, and the survival. This book reminds me of how powerful the spirit of human being can be, when tested. The writer left us readers with his best advice: "Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath."
Sandie
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I am so glad I decided to read this even after reading Alive. Alive gave me a broad overview of the event of the plane crash in the Andes and the struggle for survival and Miracle made it more personal. The fact that there were survivors in such extreme circumstances is simply beyond me. This will certainly join my best adventure reads bookshelf with Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm. The only thing missing was a description of Tintin’s solitary walk back to the plane from the mountain expedit ...more
Claire- Louise
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is unreal. I could not put it down for a second. I was up all night reading and reading and trying to process what the mind cannot fathom. So well articulated, so horrific and so completely and brutally honest. This book broke it down to the core. I’ve read stories such as Into Thin Air and Touching The Void but this surpasses all. A deeply affecting account of a harrowing situation but one that is overflowing with soul, emotion and complete and utter human-ness.
Liz Young
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
There have been several books in my life which have altered my perspective on the world, and my place in it. This is one of them. There are some stories which, fact or fiction, just hit you in some core part of the soul. The idea that this story is real adds to the kick.



Nando's story of survival is no doubt one jaded by time and perspective. I wonder how many of the other survivors of this ordeal has read this work, and what their commentaries are. I wonder how other survivors of other such tra
...more
Deborah Sheldon
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Gave me chills, brought me to tears. The most inspiring book I've ever read.
Charla Cope
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m shocked and saddened at this story about the plane crash in the Andes in 1972, told by one of the survivors Nando Parrado. Nando didn’t hold back in this retelling of what happened on that snow covered mountain. You could feel his emotions pouring through the pages. Out of the 48 that were onboard only 16 survived and after 72 days in freezing temperatures, watching their friends and family die before their very eyes and facing starvation, they were finally rescued. It’s truly amazing what t ...more
Corinne
I've listened to the book and I still cannot wrap my head around this story. There were true horrors experienced by members of this flight and I'm really just astounded by their perseverance.
VaultOfBooks
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
By Nando Parrado and Vince Rause. Grade: A+
‘Miracle in the Andes – 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home’ is the story of adventure, courage, tragedy, horror, terror, love and much more of a group of individuals who survive for seventy two days at more than twelve thousand feet in the Andes. Penned by Nando Parrado (one of the survivors) and Vince Rause, it is an autobiographical account of the days Nando and his comrades had to face high in the Andes.
The blurb goes like this -
Nando Parr
...more
Anna Franziska
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Katie
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started to read this book and then stopped thinking I'd seen the movie "Alive" and I don't need to relive the horrible tale of people eating people, but my friend Lisa convinced me to give it a 2nd chance and explained that this book helped her find her inner strength while running the races she does. So I decided to give it another try. I'm so happy I did. Unlike the movie "Alive", which is a factual account of the plane crash and aftermath, this book is more a book of the human soul, as Nand ...more
Vanessa
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Spectacular adventure story that brought me to tears in the final pages. I had vaguely heard about this historic event, but had yet to "dive in" (read: read the entire wikipedia page and all related links). The most I knew going in was a Uruguayan rugby team crash landed in the Andes and at least one learned to tell the tale. I had no idea how the crash happened, who survived, how they survived and most importantly, how they escaped. Of course, this was the best way to experience the book, as ma ...more
Jamise // Spines & Vines
This was powerful story of love, unbelievable trials, faith and determination. I marveled at the hope, strength and resilience of Nando and his fellow passengers who endured unbearable conditions in the Andes Mountains.

The overwhelming theme that resonated with me while reading this book was to "live every moment, do not waste a breath" & "savor each moment of live with presence and gratitude."

This story reminds you that it's possible to live, even when you suffer.
...more
Annie
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend reading this book and Alive together, one after the other (perhaps with Alive first, because it gets into the details of the peoples and events, and then follow it up with this one, as I did, which is much more sensory and immediate, less concerned with factual details and more with thoughts and feelings).

They’re very different books. In part, of course, one is the memory of one person (Nando Perrado) and the other, Alive, is composed of interviews with all the survivors. Thi
...more
Susan
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
In 1972 a charter plane carrying members of an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes mountains. Having been given up for dead, the surviving members of the crash survived 72 days before finding their way out. Forty-five people were on the plane and sixteen survived.

This story shows how strong people can be in the face of adversity. During the most terrible times, leaders emerge, faith is examined and ingenuity steps in. The author, Nando Parrado, is one of the two survivors who were determin
...more
Esther | lifebyesther
GENERAL:
- read this with my 7th graders, who loved it

LIKES:
- very moving. I went into this as stone-cold iceberg, and had to pretend I wasn't crying a few times.
- honest and humble
- I appreciated the straightforward narration. I really felt that I was there.

DISLIKES:
- the beginning was slow. But maybe I was just too excited to get to the crash. (Morbid me.)
- Parrado is very fixated on his future wife and getting girls. I won't begrudge a man for wanting a future and romantic companionship. Howev
...more
Melissa
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Gripping! I cannot tell you the emotions this book will bring you. This is a true story, an emotional account written by one of the survivors of a plane crash back in October 1972 in the Andes Mountains. Honestly, I had never heard of this before? Granted when the story unfolded I was merely 6 years old and even if over the many years that have transpired, if mention of it was on the news of an "anniversary", I had no recollection of the initial happening to make it memorable for me. Now...now, ...more
Sophie Schiller
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Back in the 1970's, a fantastic, gruesome story emerged that a Uruguayan plane had crashed in the Andes and the passengers had managed to stay alive by resorting to cannibalism. Pretty soon, the book "Alive" by Piers Paul Read started coursing its way through my seventh grade class, but those of us who refused to read it did so for one compelling reason: that by reading it we would somehow be tainted by the taboo of cannibalism. Many years later, when I discovered "Miracle in the Andes", a first ...more
La'Tonya Rease Miles
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: common-readers
I had no sincere interest in this book, mainly because I'd seen parts of that 1993 movie with Ethan Hawke and it was so incredibly corny and cheesy, I assumed that the book from which it was based was the same. Thankfully, I was wrong. In the early chapters, I did roll my eyes because I thought it was going to be nearly 300 pages of just how good the Irish Catholics are. Or that somehow rugby served as a metaphor for this tragic expedition. Parrado does go there but thankfully, the book explores ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2017 Reading Chal...: Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado 1 15 Jan 31, 2016 08:19AM  
Hasta donde hablan con el "vosotros" en Sudamerica? 2 16 Jan 08, 2013 01:11PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
  • Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
  • I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives
  • The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
  • Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
  • Into the Wild
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest
  • K2, The Savage Mountain: The Classic True Story of Disaster and Survival on the World's Second Highest Mountain
  • Annapurna
  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
  • K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
  • 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
  • Suzane: assassina e manipuladora
  • Endurance
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Summer is a great time to lose yourself in a page-turning mystery. To help you sleuth out a new read, we asked five of the season’s hottest myst...
27 likes · 7 comments
“I had always thought that life was the actual thing, the natural thing, and that death was simply the end of living. Now, in this lifeless place, I saw with a terrible clarity that death was the constant, death was the base, and life was only a short, frgile dream. I was dead already. I had been born death, and what I thought was my life was just a game death let me play as it waited to take me. . .

Death has an opposite, but the opposite is not mere living. It is not courage or faith or human will. The opposite of death is love. How had I missed that? How does anyone miss that? Love is our only weapon. Only love can turn mere life into a miracle, and draw precious meaning from suffering and fear. For a brief, magical moment, all my fears lifted, and I knew that I would not let death control me. I would walk through the godforsaken country that separated me from my home with love and hope in my heart. I wouuld walk until I had walked all the life out of me, and when I fell I would die that much closer to my father.”
28 likes
“As we used to say in the mountains, "Breathe. Breathe again. With every breath, you are alive." After all these years, this still the best advice I can give you: Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath.” 25 likes
More quotes…