I've read other accounts of Scott's last voyage and this is by far the best. Told by one of the team that survived and wanting to do justice to the endeavor, gathered accounts of others in addition to his own. Wonderfully read.
It's a true story written by one of the people who was actually there and based on journals kept by a few different people, so it gives a few different perspectives of the events.
It did get pretty emotional at some points, especially the journal entries by Scott's team when they realized they were going to die and were debating if they should keep going or kill themselves.
There was also some light hearted content, particularly about the habits of the Adélie penguins. It was a nice balance between heavy and light material.
I have a lot of patience and will make it through near anything but this is the first book I dropped and couldn't pick up again after 8 hours in. It may be a good read (though I doubt it) but to listen to is very hard. There is no story, it is a reading of a diary and the writer jumps from writing about a whale to a rope to a bird all in one sentence keeping absolutely no continutity.
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
Cherry-Garrard's account is long and thorough. From what I read in the summary and the start of the book, it purported to be a combination of Garrard's own journal and those of the other members of the ill-fated arctic expedition of Scott. Thus combining many stories to explain what happened to Scott and his team.
However, the journey to which Cherry-Garrard refers is not Scott's last expedition, but a side project Garrard worked on.
The story of the race to the South Pole was just a little part of the book. A very little part. The acceptance of the death of the men going to the pole happened quickly and with little emotion. Nothing could have been more anticlimactic than the way this book was written.
I felt like this was a terrible waste of time, and animal lovers will not like the killing of the horses and teams of dogs (This was preplanned, and not done in peril. The horses were used up, killed and fed to the dogs. The dogs were used up, killed by the masters and eaten by the men, not out of necessity but per their plan from the outset.)
Great narration. But content of the book and emotions of the men did not match the grim circumstances of their fellow team members, nor the horrible circumstances of the animals used and discarded.
Overwhelming. Makes me thankful for my warm house and bed, good food, and all my blessings. I cannot understand what would make someone purposely put himself in such a situation. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Wished i woulda listened to the reviews before i purchased it. Should've ben called the worst book in the world. I love Robert Whitfield as a narrater especially in count of monte cristo, but he shoulda turned this one down!
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A well written diary -- and a good reader -- but not a page-tuner. In fact, kind of boring.
I wish I had bought Scott's diaries instead of this. Day-by-day diary readings bores one so much that the drama and crises are lost. This could have been an incredible story of survival and tragedy but it is lost in boredom. The author should have read Revenge of the Whale to learn how to engage and enrapt his readers.
..that it would make for the worst book in the world. I could barely listen to this.
Maybe someone will enlighten me and convince me to give it another try, but during the couple of hours that I did listen to this, I just wanted to put cigarettes out in my eye. I don't know how such an interesting subject could have been told in such a boring way.
Buy the book because this was an extremely tough listen. The British accent started to drive me insane and the author rambles on so much that is wish I could punch him through my headphones. I like to re-listen to my audiobooks often, but this is one I wish I could unlisten and get 20 hours of my life back.