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The Impossible First

By Colin O'Brady
Narrated by Colin O'Brady / 8 hours 38 minutes
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The Impossible First

“I love a good adventure book and this was definitely a good one! I did not know about all of Colin's amazing athletic feats he had already accomplished prior to the crossing of Antarctica and was thoroughly impressed. He effortlessly wove past stories of other exceedingly challenging goals he had accomplished with his story of crossing Antarctica entirely alone. The reader really gets a look into how he makes choices and how all of our choices have an effect from that moment on. I was greatly inspired by this book. It shows that at even the hardest times, the small choice to take another step can lead you to the finish line you never thought you could reach. This book is definitely worth a listen!”

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Colin O’Brady’s awe-inspiring memoir spans his triumphant recovery from a tragic accident to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica.

Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O’Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he’d ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge.

O’Brady’s pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd—also striving to be “the first.” Enduring Antarctica’s sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds—in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters—O’Brady persevered.

Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent—gripped by fear and doubt—he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life.

Honest, deeply moving, filled with moments of vulnerability—and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica—The Impossible First reveals how anyone can reject limits, overcome immense obstacles, and discover what matters most.

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