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For the first time ever Roland Huntford presents each man's account of the race to the South Pole in their own words. In 1910, Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen set sail for Antarctica, each from his own starting point, and the epic race for the South Pole was on. 2010 marks the centenary of the last great race of terrestrial discovery. For the first time Scott's unedited diary entries run alongside those of Amundsen and Bjaaland, never before translated into English. Cutting through the welter of controversy, with the polar journey at the heart of the story Huntford weaves a narrative from the protagonists' explanations of their own fate. What emerges is a whole new understanding of what really happened on the ice.

©2010 Roland Huntford (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Excellent!!

Narration and story are a delight to listen to. Cannot recommend this book enough.

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Full of lessons to be applied in ones own journey

Exceeded expectations.
Bronson Pinchot brings life to the story.
Full of lessons everybody in business and elsewhere should take note of.

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Arete vs. Glorified Failure

Wonderfully read. The pauses, the intervening sighs, the weariness, the wonder, perfectly captured. 'Luck' as understood differently by two men compares the realist vs fatalist approach. The summary answers the question, 'What are the conditions behind the outcome?' with sting and nostalgia.

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Great book on leadership and interesting insights.

This was a great combination of the history surrounding the successful race to the South Pole, and the tragic outcome for the other team. Like in business, many of the things that drew the British team to their demise could have been avoided with open dialogue and a willingness to have a strong plan B. Great stuff

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Epic, must listen

My only critique is that the author, despite claiming objectivity, continually derides Scott and acclaim Amundsen. Not a single positive word towards Scott's effort. Makes objectivity suspicious.

Anyway, epic listen, loved it, broke my heart, took me on a journey and captured my imagination.

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Amazing Lessons Learned

I'm totally blown away by this story. Read it along with "Great by Choice" by Jim Collins, and you will have some more amazing insights into this story and how it relates to every day work ethic.

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Incredible story.

AMAZING story. The performance was great! The diary style was slightly more boring than narrative.

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Amazing Profiles of Two Kinds of Men..

A most interesting treatise done very well by the author in uncovering a very important historical truth.

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good book

great narration. Engaging story. neat juxtaposition of the journal entries of the Explorers attempting to conquer the South Pole.

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Excellent Story, Well Narated

A gripping story and fascinating to hear the parallel entries each day. I felt like a participant, especially as I referenced several maps of the journeys during the reading. Several crevasses in the edits were the only negative. Narration was strong and carried appropriate but not overblown emotion.

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  • Mrs L E Martin
  • 05-01-18

More than just the diaries...

The diaries are presented in their original forms but there are also the authors comments on such... and Scott fans beware. The analysis is by no means unbiased and at times, scathing. Very interesting to have the diaries side by side though and I enjoyed listening.

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  • karl
  • 02-17-18

A listen that requires ‘concentration’ throughout

Great facts, and extremely well researched, but presented and narrated in a manner that requires extreme concentration - best suited for those with a real passion for the subject matter.