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Fear Audiobook

Fear: Our Ultimate Challenge

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Publisher's Summary

BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.

In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try to explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcomes of great events.

With an enthralling combination of storytelling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.

©2016 Ranulph Fiennes (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Colin 11-20-16
    Colin 11-20-16
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    "Disappointing"

    I really wanted to like this book, having seen Ranulph Fiennes on lecture tours some years ago. Unfortunately his narration was stilted and hesitant, like he was seeing the words for the first time. This might actually have been better, narrated by someone else.
    Shame because he's an absolute hero but that doesn't translate to this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • N. Taylor
    London
    1/1/17
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    "Not as good as expected"

    Very random: more an unedited draft than completed work. Wanders off topic. Sometimes really interesting, other times like reading the Daily Mail. Overall OK insight into authors life and philosophy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    10/24/16
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    "Insightful and gripping"

    Fear is gripping. Not only as explained by Fiennes but his book also. The short stories Fiennes uses to support his points keep the reader interested as the narrative fast past.
    The book is both insightful and factual. I enjoyed Fiennes own accounts of when he had experienced fear and his recollections of his time serving in the British Army and his explorations. I also enjoyed the stories of others and how they overcame fears. Overall, I would recommend this. Some of the facts and graphic accounts of

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    3/20/17
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    "Some good stories / thoughts"

    But tends to go off topic and there are times when you need to remind yourself what is the book about again?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    2/12/17
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    "interesting"

    he gives an interesting perspective and some amazing stories. his tone is a little flat throughout but without doubt the collection of stories takes it through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adam S.
    12/28/16
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    "life changing"

    Please please I implore you to listen to this, it is laden with inspiration and wisdom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Cooper
    Douglas, Isle Of Man United Kingdom
    11/14/16
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    "Wonderful insight"

    Some superb wisdom from a man who spent most of his life putting himself in a position most people would fear.
    This book both chronicles his own fear through this life and intertwined stories of other notable fearful stories from the wider public.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    11/8/17
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book takes you on journey and is amazingly put together! I think I felt connected to the stories having had a military background and now lead an outdoor professional lifestyle much like Ran himself. He touches on a few well know stories but I liked how he talked about his older book, “The Set”, which I really enjoyed when I was reading it whilst posted to Northern Ireland in my early twenties. Ran is one of my favourite authors of the 20th century because of his powerful expression and mesmerising story telling ability. Some critics here slated his narrating, I felt read to at times but isn’t that the point? I wanted a gripping and eloquently written audiobook to smash away lengthy journeys and that’s what I got! Deep, thought provoking and powerful is my final summary of this amazing work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vikki Marie Gaynor
    Wirral, UK
    9/9/17
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    "Fantastic insight, and somewhat gruesome "
    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the Details were Gruesome and made of the things nightmares are set from, I was intrigued and scared and often felt sick at the extent of his descriptions,
    However it kept me engrossed and interested with the pure insight of how the world works and how FEAR is a tool for many individuals


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant insight, amazing personal stories and I feel this man is Blessed with amazing and supportive friends and partners,
    If you combine this with being a LOT mad then you will ENJOY every word of this amazing story,
    Why anyone would do some of the things he has done in his long and fantastic life is beyond reason but makes for a Enthralling Audio book
    Highly Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/6/17
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    "Outstanding!"

    A great, great book read extremely well, taking and explaining fear in every form in life, how it is good and bad, whilst covering his own and others amazing life experiences.

    You could easily read or hear this again referencing many parts into your own everyday life. Very glad I chose this. also read by an amazing human being!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faisel
    UK
    8/9/17
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    "Fantastic"

    What can I say about Ranulph Fiennes that has not already been said. I had a chance to see him at the RGS and he is a remarkable person. This book opens a chapter about him and his experiences and his fight against fear as well as what providing a brief history of evils and fear experienced by other people, minorities, and generations. A very enjoyable book to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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