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Death on the Ice | [Robert Ryan]

Death on the Ice

January 18, 1912: Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition reaches the South Pole. Just a few weeks later, trapped in one of the worst blizzards Antarctica has ever known, Scott and his four companions perish in subzero temperatures. How did the icy conditions overwhelm Scott, Captain Oates and their party on the fateful return journey? The story of Scott and Oates, their incredible journey and their tragic final days, combines ambition, national pride and the kind of bravery and dignity most men can only dream of.
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Bestselling author Robert Ryan brings one of the greatest epic journeys of all time to life in this captivating story of Captain Scott's last Antarctic expedition.

January 18, 1912: Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition reaches the South Pole. Just a few weeks later, trapped in one of the worst blizzards Antarctica has ever known, Scott and his four companions perish in subzero temperatures. How did the icy conditions overwhelm Scott, Captain Oates and their party on the fateful return journey?

The story of Scott and Oates, their incredible journey and their tragic final days, combines ambition, national pride and the kind of bravery and dignity most men can only dream of.

©2009 Robert Ryan; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Dee
    Great Shelford, Cambs, United Kingdom
    4/12/10
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    "Excellent!"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Like the previous reviewer, I also thought I knew the story of Captain Scott, but this book brings in many new elements, particularly the role of Captain Oates in the expedition, and his background leading up to the fatal journey.
    I particularly enjoyed these sections, as I live locally to Gessingthorpe the Oates old family home, and these background pieces really added a richness and understanding to the story.
    I would highly recommend this book, you may know the ending already, but none the less I still found myself willing them on till the end....
    My only minor criticism may be that the narrator struggled to get the pitch right for some of the female voices, however this did not spoil my enjoyment of an excellent audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Aberdeen, Grampian, United Kingdom
    1/27/10
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    "Superb"

    For most people, we know the story of Captain Scott's expedition and how it ends. Robert Ryan brings a different slant to the story. Telling us the story of what Oates did before the fateful journey. Interspersed with tales of Scott's wife Kathleen at home with their son Peter and a certain Norwegian called Nansen. The narrator does a great job conveying the story, bringing the journey to life.
    All in all i can't recommend this audible version highly enough. It brings back a time in history when the world had real hero's to read about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Virginia H. Stewart
    Dorset, England
    11/28/13
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    "Brilliant drama"

    This is a superb retelling of the Scott of the Antarctic story. It reinforced the feeling of the explorers isolation and the bitter unrelenting cold. Well read - most engrossing, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robin B
    Hampshire, England
    2/26/12
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    "Scott's final and fatal expedition in 1912"

    This is a brilliantly written and extremely well narrated story - revolving around the build up to and the actual expedition to the South Pole in 1912 by Scott and his team. Whilst a novel, it is built on facts and all the central characters are thoroughly well covered, especially the life and exploits of Captain Oates and quite a bit on Shackleton early in the story in the earlier expedition. I enjoyed every minute of this book even though I knew what the final outcome would be. It has considerably enhanced my knowledge of the 'golden era' of Antarctic exploration and makes me want to learn more about the leading characters - Taff Evans, Birdy Bowers, the Doctor, Cherry, and many others. Marvellous book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    5/11/11
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    "Unputdownable!"

    What a gripping tale of daring do. Excellently told and narrated. I was full of wonder at the braveness of the explorers, but also how was amazed at how foolhardy they appeared. I,d definitely recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronan
    Ely, United Kingdom
    1/24/11
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    "Good effort - considering we all know the ending"

    If you want a book on Scott himself, then this is not the one. If you want to get a feeling for the age of polar exploration and the hardships endured by polar explorers then this will send shivers up your spine.
    There is alot of focus on Oates before the expedition and a generous amout of focus on the other members of the expedition. It feels a reasonably balanced view of what went on and the author weaves in Scott's wife Kathleen to give the 'woman left behind' perspective. It leaves the listener with the open question of whether Scott's mis-judgements cost lives which is a matter of opinion. Overall, for a story in which we all know the ending the author does a good job to keep the listener's attention until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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