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Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain.

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route.

Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.

Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges: in his early 20s, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife and main climbing partner left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan's biggest, steepest, blankest face: the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone.

©2018 Tommy Caldwell (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Zest for Life - Extremely Motivating

Yet to come across more gripping and addictive read. It is exceptionally fascinating story of grit and determination. Not only for climbers but people from all walks of life as it exemplifies human instinct of 'never say never' attitude. Tommy has beautifully and very honestly portrayed all emotions which we experience internally as well as all with our relations.

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  • russell
  • 14-05-18

Inspiring and extremely well written

I couldn’t stop listening! A fantastic book for climbers and non climbers as well. As a climber though I found it captures every essence of what it is to be a climber.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-21

Epically wholesome

As a climber, I found this book gripping and relatable. As a human, I found this book warming and wholesome.

After first watching the Dawn Wall movie, the full details revealed here really give perspective to Tommy’s thought game.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-18

The Push by Tommy Caldwell

A tremendous book. I enjoy climbing and mountaineering books but this one is special. The thrill of being out on a climb shines through but there is an honesty about self-doubt which few athletes will talk about. The complexity of human relationships is woven in bringing moments of great joy and also great sadness, feelings mirrored on his climbs. Like all examples of expertise it is clear that Tommy wasn't born and climber but became one, through the now familiar mix of expert coaching, a supportive environment and huge self-belief, commitment and resilience. The narrator also does a great job and is easy to listen too.

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  • Chris
  • 04-06-18

2% climbing 98% morose love story

If your looking for a story of epic climbing and can stomach endless padding with a morose love story then this might be your book. If what your really after is a story about a naive twenty year old babbling on about how wonderful his current girlfriend is, how amazing his life is, how God and children will make life so amazing then this will be right up your street. Repleat with fist pumping, self congratulatory cliches and naive contradictory messages on happiness and life this book is like wading through treacle. In a word 'vomitous'... stick to climbing tommy, all you've achieved here is to paint a picture of a young man with a poor sense of self clinging to rock and American cliches as the only path to happiness...

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  • samantha dunford
  • 05-03-21

Best read

This is an amazing book your missing out if you havent read it
Loved the struggle and realness of it

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  • Stephen
  • 13-11-20

Fantastic

I'm pretty new to climbing but this book blew my mind. The honesty and rawness of Tommy's journey through life and into parenthood is awe inspiring. What a man and what a book!

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  • Steven P.
  • 04-11-20

Fantastic!

Brilliantly written and performed. Thoroughly engaging account. Dramatic, heartwarming and tragic, this is a very special story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-20

Inspiring and lifelifting

During a hard time of life I listened to this breathtaking story and it helped me get back the belief in life itself. Thank you Tommy for sharing this!

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  • Simeon
  • 23-06-20

A masterpiece

Just keeps getting better. An honest journey through emotional extremes to an extraordinary destination! And much better than the admittedly great film

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

A Masterpiece in every way possible.

I was mesmerised enthralled captivated and felt a part of every one of Tommy's Adventures.

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  • Antony Christian
  • 05-09-19

More in depth than the film

Loved it, climbing is my life and Tommy is a big hero of mine. Very inspirational and way more in depth that the film the Dawn Wall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-19

A very honest, inspiring and motivational book!

Hard to appreciate the level of motivation needed to do what TC did, total dedication. Got the utmost respect for the guy.

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  • 03-04-20

Great book, ok narrative.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but struggled with matching the tone of the reader with the persona of Tommy Caldwell. He still did a good job though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-21

Loved it!

As an amateur climber I loved this book! Found it so inspiring to get out there and climb some more. Really loved the insight into the professional climbing world and the psyche of one of its greats! Really awesome, honest, raw and inspiring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-20

A great book written by an amazing character

The book expands so much more on his personal life and his climbing which was great to learn about than the movie, The Dawn Wall.
But I think but go hand in hand as to his goals.

The narrator was a bit monotone for most of it, would have been nice if his voice showed some emotion.

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  • Nicholas Clements
  • 15-09-19

Awesome!!!

The best biography I've ever read. How the hell did a kid who had to have special reading classes in school become such a phenomenal writer?!?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-19

Absolute must listen!

The work of Tommy Caldwell has resonated with me as a climber, by johnathan McClain has brought this book to life in a way I wasn't sure was possible, a have and will continue to suggest this book to anyone and everyone I know and meet, a true story of the triumph that the mind has over the human body. Please enjoy the book

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  • Jacob T
  • 21-02-19

Good but bad

I enjoyed the rock climbing aspect and relevant parts of Tommy’s life in relation to climbing. I didn’t realise there would so much focus on his partners and family.

It wasn’t bad just was a bit drawn out and I got a bit sick of hearing about how into his partners he is. Also the ending was the biggest blue balls I’ve ever received.

Wouldn’t take back my read but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

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  • sophiek
  • 22-01-19

I didn't want this book to end

I loved this book so much I didn't want it to end, I even went back a few times to prolong the inevitable. It's one of those rare books that I just didn't want to stop listening. It was clear, chronological and very descriptive and easy to understand. He explained terminology of climbing and made the personal honest stories come alive. He made the climbing of the dawn wall come alive, it was as if I was by his side following him up the wall. Very inspiring. I will most definitely listen again and again. When it finished I went and bought the 'Dawn Wall' movie so I can watch it again. Really really good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-18

A dream for climbing lovers

Loved it. Really well written and read.

Jump into this world and appreciate. have fun.

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  • Kayla Apostolidis
  • 20-08-18

Fantastic vulnerable account

A beautifully written book my such an amazing climber. Well told and engaging with complete vulnerability.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-18

Exciting!

Really good. It would have been better if TC had have read it but he's clearly out climbing.