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Tony DiNallo

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  • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Paul English
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

    R. Wagner says: "A Real Life "Boys Own" Adventure Story"
    "A great adventure story!"
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    Where does Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rank 8/10, as captivating as the books by Stephen Hawking. There is a sense of awe and amazement in the journey itself, but also a sense of disbelief in the arrogant nature of English explorers at the time and the belief that they knew what's best. Makes you wonder if Gallipoli could have been different if we weren't under the command of the British. This book itself expresses every detail, you feel as if you're part of the expedition itself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age?

    Amundsun reaching the South Pole and discovering they were actually the first to reach the pole.


    Which character – as performed by Paul English – was your favorite?

    Mawson followed by Amundsen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The deaths of the explorers trying to reach the pole and the knowledge that their bodies lie preserved in the ice, slowly inching towards the ocean.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really the only way to learn about Australia's history. Keep up the good work Peter Fitzsimons. Narration by Paul English is excellent, however the falsetto voices for females would best be substituted with real female voices.

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