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Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole | [Roland Huntford]

Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole

This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.
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Publisher's Summary

This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.

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"Fascinating, and a well-chosen narrator." (The Oldie)

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    Pierre Trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada 05-19-08
    Pierre Trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada 05-19-08
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    "Good but could have been great"

    Not necessarily easy to listen to.
    Excellent description of Amundsen's methodic work and Scott's poor preparation.
    I would have liked more details on the toughness of this expedition that made it so great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Plano, TX, USA 09-22-09
    Lara Plano, TX, USA 09-22-09
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    "A Compelling Read (or Listen)"

    Very excellent. Huntford's done an excellent job here of comparing Scott's and Amundsen's expeditions to the South Pole, alternating back and forth between the two parties, beginning with their backgrounds. It's easy to see who's the villain in Huntford's view; Scott comes across here as nothing more than a stubborn, arrogant, unintelligent bumbler. I'm thinking this is not the most balanced of accounts, but it's certainly well-told! Sometimes it feels a little too generalized or surfacy, but this is an abridged version of Huntford's book, so I imagine there are quite a few details that got left out for time's sake. In any case, I highly recommended it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve StL 03-12-14
    Steve StL 03-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent tale of the race to the South Pole"
    What did you love best about Scott and Amundsen?

    The pacing of the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have always admired Amundsen for his accomplishments. Learning how diligently he prepared and approached each goal sheds light on why this admiration is well-deserved.


    What about Tim Piggott-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Very well done. The book did not contain a large variety of character voicing however the performer kept it very interesting throughout.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    RF Scott should have stayed home and read Amundsen's diaries.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, great history!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kenmore, WA, United States 03-17-12
    John Kenmore, WA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Real World of Exploration"
    Where does Scott and Amundsen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best of the Arctic Explorers. Great comparison between Amudsen and Scott although author definitely qualifies Scott as a bully and a buffoon. And the author is probably correct. Amudsen is the leader of men and a true hero. Great book to read after reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scott and Amundsen?

    Enjoyed the planned approach of Amudsen. Truly a great project manager.


    What about Tim Piggott-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Excellent word inflection without too much drama. Great narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Goal setting and the process of achievement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 02-04-12
    Ian Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 02-04-12
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    "The Scott of the Antarctic myth destroyed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes with recommendation that they read the full unabridged book entitled The Last Place on Earth


    What does Tim Piggott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The destruction of the myth of Scott, His inept leadership. His lack of common sense. His pettiness and inability to lead. A bumbling amateur. The antithesis of Shackleton or Amundsen whose weakness resulted in the his own death and that of his commrades.


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    Brenda LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Brenda LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm a mom of a busy 10 year old daughter, manage a demanding career and depending on my morning read during my commute to improve my happiness!

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    "Good business lessons delivered"
    Any additional comments?

    This book compared the south pole exploration in general and the race between the Norwegian and English exploration teams in particular. The book emphasizes the careful preparation and thoughtful approach taken by the Norwegian Amundsen contrasted with the amateurish ill-prepared English team lead by Scott. Both teams reached the pole but the experience and outcome were completely different. Very good lessons for business and life.

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    Ilinca Romania 10-17-13
    Ilinca Romania 10-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent account of amazing story"

    Not having read the story when I was 12, I found it completely engrossing now. I'll have to read another account as well, just to make sure that Huntford is not unduly harsh on Scott. But if his account is even remotely true, then he - umm, spoiler alert - was a selfish, self-indulgent s.o.b. with half a brain, who pretty much effed up a serious expedition killed his companions through his moronic inability to prepare, learn his lessons, take advice and generally display intelligence at every stage of the journey. By contrast, Amundsen was careful, alert, a great planner etc etc. It might be just that the story is told in contrasting scenes and that Huntford was biased, but whatever the case, I found it a fascinating read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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