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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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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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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    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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    Felipe SantiagoChile 02-01-08
    Felipe SantiagoChile 02-01-08 Member Since 2004
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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew La Mesa, CA, USA 07-09-04
    Andrew La Mesa, CA, USA 07-09-04 Member Since 2001
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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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-14-13
    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-14-13 Member Since 2004
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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 Old Saybrook, CT USA 03-16-05
    S. Perreten Old Saybrook, CT USA 03-16-05 Member Since 2005
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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 2009

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pacific Palisades, CA USA 05-20-07
    Richard Pacific Palisades, CA USA 05-20-07 Member Since 2004

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "OK if you're into this type of topic"

    A well written diary -- and a good reader -- but not a page-tuner. In fact, kind of boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
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    "Wonderful"

    I had heard that this was a masterpiece of travel writing and it was right. This was one of the most moving pieces I've had the fortune to listen to. Simply wonderful. The endurance shown by these men is an inspiration. When I have difficult times I simply look back to them and realise how much worse men have been through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    heswall, wirral, United Kingdom
    1/4/06
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    "Great Brits"

    A shining example of sheer stiff upper lippedness by early 20th century explorers. Very exacting in its detail on explaining the logistics of the voyage, to the detriment of a very interesting story sometimes, but more than makes up for it with the explanation of the hardships these men were willing to endure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bettym
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    "Takes your breath away"

    A truly great book. Read it and be awestruck by what the men of Captain Scott's last expedition did in the days before modern technology and communications. This outstanding account was written some ten years later by the youngest participant, clearly still guiltridden for not finding the party returning from the Pole. What those men went through was so extraordinary that it almost beggars belief. Apsley Cherry-Garrard's account is beautifully written (apparently with some help from his neighbour George Bernard Shaw) and though in the early stages you think he goes into too much detail, it all builds up to a tapestry of triumph and disaster. The personal details are so telling - Apsley Cherry-Garrard should never have gone (he was shortsighted, young and unskilled) and often he could not wear his glasses because of the cold but still plugged on without a complaint. I was totally transported and gripped, and the last days of the polar team ( from Scott's diaries) are so moving. The narration by Robert Whitfield.is superb - he inhabits the world and the people, bringing out the social differences between officers and men with great skill and subtlety. Do not miss this book!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Cork, Ireland
    11/14/12
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    "a book i didn't want but so glad i listened"

    Aspley Cherry-Garrard is such a decent human being and he writes so frankly and openly that despite my having absolutely no interest (shame on me!) in the subject and listening under duress and obligation for my book club I found i thoroughly loved this book. Yes it was difficult to plough on at times -- the endless recounting of the details of the storms at sea were definitely a bit much for me -- but it was such a rewarding listen. I learned so much. It opened my mind to a whole new appreciation of a time, place and frame of mind that certainly wasn't on the make for the easy option!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    New Quay, United Kingdom
    3/17/07
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    "A complex book in need of a subtle reader"

    This has long been a favourite book. Cherry was a very complex character with much going on beyond no doubt a stiff-upper lip facade - a Tory with GB Shaw as a great friend and a man pursued by severe depression when he returned from the pole. The complexity is all there in the book and needs a skilled reader. This reader has the stiff upper lip manner with none of the subtlety.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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