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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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    Ewan United Kingdom 08/11/2016
    Ewan United Kingdom 08/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Good stories..."

    ...which I may dig into, however I'm not sure of the point, the conclusion was a bit weak, felt like it was an after thought

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    London Girl 29/11/2016
    London Girl 29/11/2016
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    "Not for me"

    I heard this book on radio 4 on book of the week. As I'd really enjoyed it, I wanted to hear the whole thing.
    The excerpts that I heard didn't really give the right picture of the book.
    The whole book often rambled and would take off on a tangent before coming back to a story that was half told. I'm not really sure that I understood what was the main point of the book.
    I stayed and listened to the end to see if it would improve. It didnt.
    I really enjoyed the stories the author told about his life, and it felt like he'd written two books combined into one. The other half just didn't fit for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mcdermott 28/11/2016
    M. Mcdermott 28/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty poor"

    I'm going to return this book, as after 3 chapters it is painfully dull, with very little insight into the psychology of fear, and not even any interesting stories.

    I've been listening at 1.35 speed, and the narration is still making me feel sleepy.

    Some of Geoff Thompson's early books are a far better read on the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Cooper Douglas, Isle Of Man United Kingdom 14/11/2016
    Simon Cooper Douglas, Isle Of Man United Kingdom 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Rick 11/11/2016
    Rick 11/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The only thing to fear, is not reading this!"

    Comprehensive overview of not just Fiennes' own stories of his expeditions and personal fears, but of different world events throughout history and the part fear plays in the human condition.

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    Alex 24/10/2016
    Alex 24/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin
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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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