Fear

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Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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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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A must read for everyone !

Personal journey that describe what human fear and suffering looks like in most forms. Epic journey through a life and history and a must read for everyone that want to have a peak into human tenacity.

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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.

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  • Brian
  • 02-12-17

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.

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  • N. Taylor
  • 01-01-17

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.

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  • Alex
  • 10-24-16

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

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  • Mr Lee
  • 04-09-19

Not really what I expected

Another great performance from Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I had read mad bad and dangerous to know which is an amazing read. And so thought I would listen to this. The story is different to what I expected.
Less Ranulphs fear and how he deals with it but more stories from others, like public school boy getting abused or women in bad relationships.

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  • John
  • 03-20-17

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?

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  • Adam S.
  • 12-28-16

life changing

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

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  • Simon Cooper
  • 11-14-16

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.

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  • Andrew Hurst
  • 02-19-20

Not for the faint hearted

A truly difficult account of humanities darker side. It was not easy to listen to and was not the guide to handling fear I was hoping for

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  • Tommo
  • 01-14-20

Very boring

A rehash of previous anecdotes from his other books - my perception - narrated by the author in such a way that it exasperated me to listen to him. I lost interest after the Ebola chapter and didn't listen to any more of this book. I don't doubt he has been a great explorer but not such a good author. I would not listen to it again

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  • andrew robb
  • 11-20-19

brutal, compelling and informative

not for the faint hearted, the parts about abuse took a long time to shake off....however perhaps that's the point that fear is deep and haunting. worth a read, quite upbeat when in relation to the survivors of situations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-20

Interesting book but gets lost

It’s a good book for stories and obviously well researched. Fiennes has established himself worthy of being able to tell these stories. I’m just not sure where it was heading as it doesn’t really draw any conclusions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-19

Great Author but this book is lacking

A great author with a lifetime of adventures, however this book was a collection of brief stories about people in fearful situations. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link with any of it and didn’t get any helpful insight into how to deal with fear in any real life context. The narration was very flat and regularly found myself drifting off. I would be interested to listen to some of his other books, hopefully better than this one.