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The Worst Journey in the World | [Apsley Cherry-Garrard]

The Worst Journey in the World

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.
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Publisher's Summary

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region. On November 12, 1912, in arctic temperatures, the author, in a search party, found the bodies of Scott and his companions along with poignant last notebook entries, some of them recorded in this work.

Among Apsley Cherry-Garrard's friends and admirers were John Galsworthy, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Bernard Shaw. His background in the arts and humanities makes The Worst Journey in the World stand out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic in the annals of exploration.

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What the Critics Say

"Robert Whitfield picks up on Cherry-Garrard's dry sense of humor, stiff-upper-lip approach to adversity, and appreciation for nature, the dogs and ponies on whom the expedition depended, and the polar landscape." (AudioFile)

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    A. Massey Kennesaw 05-25-04
    A. Massey Kennesaw 05-25-04 Member Since 2001
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    "What a story!"

    This book describes a time when men were men and an adventure was truly an adventure. The men that paid (yes they had to pay cash to go along) to accompany Scott on this ill fated trip endured terrible conditions and placed they lives at risk for the sake of science.

    The book is difficult at times to understand because so many of the details about equipment, ships and life in general are from a time we have mostly forgotten (early 1900's). But it is these details that make the book such a joy to read.

    If you only listen to the title chapter which describes the authors winter trip to obtain the penguin eggs in minus 70 degree cold and pitch black (the nights last 24 hours in the winter). Then you will have received your monies worth from this book.

    This is a very long book, but it is a book you will be telling your friends about for a long time.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    ellen 01-11-09
    ellen 01-11-09
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    "worst journey in the world"

    even though this is long it is worth every minute, waiting to see what would happen, knowing how difficult it was for them and how they endured such terrible conditions and still kept going. I went and bought indivdual biographies and other stories of the members to read more about these folks because I was so fascinated by them after listening to this story. I recommend this and don't stop even though one may think it is tedious. It deserves your time. The narration is great also.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Felipe SantiagoChile 02-01-08
    Felipe SantiagoChile 02-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    This audiobook is very good in my opinion. It´s about an adventure, a real one, which starts from very rutine task and a great objective, to finish in drama and heroism.
    The previous reviewers´critics can only be understood because probably some of the reviwers didn't finish the audiobook at all. Nevertheless, It's true that in the beginning it is a bit slow. But be patient, you'll be rewarded. Beside, this is a direct account of one of the members of the scott party.
    Finally the reader has excellent voice and pace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rwise Deer Park, TX 01-16-06
    rwise Deer Park, TX 01-16-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Chronicle of cold, cold death"

    The author was a sidekick in Scott's expedition and the worst journey in the world is not the one that results in Scott's frozen body, but is a "field trip" to steal penguin eggs. Nonetheless an interesting book. I like primary sources and this certainly is one. He writes interestingly and even though the scenery is always the cold, chilling antarctic I never got bored. Recommended for all those interested in arctic travel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Fountain, CA, United States 03-30-11
    Robin Fountain, CA, United States 03-30-11
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    "Heart felt description of Anartica"

    I felt as if I was part of the exploring party. So much so, that on days when I was tired, I was hesitant to listen. Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute has online photos of the people, hut, and ponies - powerful images to go with the reading of this diary. The book is about a British expedition, and read by an eloquent, British gentleman. Quite the right touch. The National Geographic Society has a list of the100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time and this story is in first place.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 07-09-04
    Andrew 07-09-04
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    "Makes you glad to be an armchair explorer"

    Well written and fascinating, the book makes you feel the cold--both in Antartica and chills down your back. You know Scott died, but that's just a part of the story--something that admittedly colors the author's views. Modern polar scientists seem to give Scott a break (the weather WAS uncommonly bad, but "Cherry" was working against the talk of the time (1920's) that labled Scott a reckless fool. Judge for yourself.

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    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-14-13
    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Facinating"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story was compelling and the narration was first-rate. It can get a little slow at times but overall is well worth the listen. It helps you understand why people would undertake such a voyage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Perreten 03-16-05
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    "Fascinating in every aspect"

    This book is superbly read, and a riveting account.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 04-03-12
    Amazon Customer Utah 04-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Why would anyone WANT to do this?"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jeremiah vista, CA, United States 08-16-11
    jeremiah vista, CA, United States 08-16-11
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    "horrible"

    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!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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