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Antarctica is a land of extremes: the coldest, highest, flatest, and most dangerous place on Earth.

Join Jon Michaels and his marine-biologist mother as they battle the 60-foot storm seas around Cape Horn on their way to Antarctica. Near Palmer Station, Jon enjoys an outdoor bath in volcano-heated water. Then he scuba dives in the cold, clear waters off McMurdo Station before braving a deadly whiteout flying to the South Pole. On his extraordinary journey, Jon learns some hard lessons: hold your nose near the elephant seals, watch out for the skuas and killer whales, and how to tell if a penguin wants to be your mate!

It's a voyage of discovery above and below in this enchanting frontier, filled with drama, history, wonderful sounds, and music.

©1998 Geoffrey T. Williams; (P)2005 Geoffrey T. Williams

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  • Robert
  • Burlingame, CA, USA
  • 08-15-06

Fantastic journey to the far South

I heeded the previous reviewers warning about poor sound quality and made sure I downloaded this one as a "4". To me it sounds just fine.

The story, obviously meant for pre-teen kids, is still quite entertaining & educational for us "big kids" who also love tales about the Polar Regions. Not only were the expected encounters with penguins & seals here, but there was also great moral lessons on global warning and eco-tourism which I was very happy to hear.

With the recent "hipness" of Antarctica among children thanks to the movies "March of the Penguins" & "Eight Below", this story will certainly be devoured by them. It's also quite a bargain for the less than $7 price!

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Entertaining and informative

Entertaining and informative. Too bad sound quality was poor. I will listen to it again with my daughter.

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Someone needs to tweak the sound on this

This is such a nice idea, but it was really poorly edited. When there's "background" music it drowns out the voices. Sound effects too. And the voices are so muffled most of the time that it's terribly hard to understand it. If someone would take some time to make adjustments, this would be really a great little adventure to follow!