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  • Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Roberts
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

    Jacqueline says: "Historic Death-defying Antarctic Expedition"
    "Thrilling Adventure"
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    Would you listen to Alone on the Ice again? Why?

    Not sure - I don't usually listen to a book again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alone on the Ice?

    When you realize what a dire situation Mawson and Mertz are in with most of their food and tent gone and still hundreds of miles from base.


    What does Matthew Brenher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great English accent - very suitable for the material.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - too long for that, although, due to the intense nature of the experience, whenever I stopped listening, I felt disoriented for an hour or so realizing that I have all the food I want and am not freezing to death!


    Any additional comments?

    I disagree with the other reviewers that the performance was emotionless or monotonous. I thought it perfectly suited the material. I had just finished "Adrift", another survival story of 76 days alone at sea in an inflatable raft, so this was an interesting counterpoint. This makes me want to learn more about the Heroic Age of antarctic exploration.

    One minor thing - I also noticed the mistake another reviewer noted about the narrator saying "feet" instead of "minutes" for geographical coordinates. Someone probably should have caught that and corrected it, but it's fine once you get used to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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