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  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worst journey in the world

  • By ellen on 01-11-09

Rapid dialogue

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The reader seems to read at a ridiculous pace, like a speedboat careering left and right across a river. Just slightly pompous and very irritating. The reader has no understanding of atmosphere or expression. The intonation rapidly becomes monotonous. Having read the book - A very long book, I cannot imagine anybody listening to this reader for more than 10 minutes without considering turning him off. A good book ruined by a reader more interested in the sound of his own voice, rather than creating an imaginary world - one that you could listen to - relaxing in bed listening to a beautiful bedtime story.

What didn’t you like about Robert Whitfield’s performance?

No development of atmosphere, no understanding of how the listener will fall into the story, his voice is very irritating, too fast, and no theatrical spacing. Just speed, speed and more speed.

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