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Publisher's Summary

Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity, and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author, and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.

In his autobiography, he describes how he led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He tells of how he discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole: the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. His most recent challenge was scaling the north face of the Eiger, one of the most awesome mountaineering challenges in the world. Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour.

©2007 Ranulph Fiennes (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

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"Rip-roaringly readable." ( Guardian)

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  • William
  • Hong KongHong Kong
  • 03-12-10

Excellent but...

Excellent book covering the career of an amazing British adventurer. My only problem was when purchasing I did not release quite how abridged it was. Felt very short or perhaps I was simply enjoying the narrative.

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Hero!

Great book, brilliamtly narrated. Ran Fiennes is the world's top adventurer and definitely my hero!

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  • Wright
  • United States
  • 07-24-12

Far far far too Abridged

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There are gigantic plot points skipped, you can't even call this a book. It's more like a sample of the book.

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  • Jonathon
  • 01-06-17

Too short

brilliant book, well read etc just too short. Would love to have heard the full version

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  • Stephen
  • 09-01-08

This could have been 5 books

To compress such an awesome life into a few hours of audiobook seems such a shame. I wanted to know more about every chapter,about the reckless capers and the insane expeditions.

This should have been a 5 book series but you get a feeling that the author is simply too modest to write them.

The spirit of the empire and a real boys own adventure story leaps from every page in an age when health and safety rule and squash our daily lives.

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  • Adam
  • 01-27-08

Definitely Mad but not Bad

What a truly inspirational story Sir ranulph tellss of his endeavours. This man is a legend and yet he tells it as if it were his destiny. Trekking across both poles, removing the ends of his own frostbitten fingers in his garden shed, has a heart attack on a plane and within 16 weeks runs 7 marathons in seven days on seven continents all toraise millions for Charity. Then he gets to within 300 meters of the summit of Everest, considers this a failure and so learns to climb and tackles one of the most dangerous peaks in the world; the North Face of the Eiger; passing the corpses of several legendary but dead climbers on the way, declaring at the end of the climb that his attention to climbing rather than running has resulted in a loss of fitness. Okay so you can see why he is slightly mad.
Not bad at all. Respect Sir, Total!!

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  • Millie
  • 01-16-18

not as good as thought<br />

book was OK but not what I was expecting an interesting insight of his life highs and lows

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  • David
  • 06-01-15

Leaves you wanting more

It's like a taster session. I'm pretty sure that Ranulph Fiennes has more detail in his life to write about than the three or so hours contained in this book. Having had the taster, if he did ever write a more complete story of his life, I would buy it.

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  • wulfgar
  • 05-07-15

Love it!

an absolute inspiration. ran makes you realize you have done and are doing nothing with your life. so now with this new out look on life , I am going to grab life and live it properly. thank you Mr Finnes.

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  • Simon
  • 12-13-13

What a leg end!

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From epic expeditions to DIY amputations Ranulph Fiennes has done it all. His book is a great account of his life to date and is hilarious, inspiring and sometimes even tear jerking.

Let down by how short the abridged version was. I think his life story needs more than 2:33:24 to do it proper justice but overall highly recommended.

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  • Robert Doherty
  • 04-11-13

Crazy, Excellent, and a Delight to get to know

Mr Fiennes delivers an often hilarious but often bluntly honest autobiography that left me wanting to know much more about his approach to leading people in difficult situations. He seems to have lived life to the full and although as a father myself I could not have considered taking the sorts of risks he seems to have it was still extremely interesting to get his unique perspectives.

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  • Joe
  • 05-06-10

"And the box of frogs award goes to?"

A fascinating story of the nobility of human labour and what it can achieve. Relayed to you in Ran's dry and melodic tones, this book is funny and touching. I found myself saying after the book, that the money from this book would probably go to his next mad cap caper. I can't wait!

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  • sandra harvey
  • 03-29-15

Interesting adventures abridged too short

While ranulph sits a little too close to the microphone his narration is lovely and well paced.
The adventures were too short and lost too much detail in this abridged version with whole trips and life events dismissed in a paragraph.