New Year's Day, 2009. Somewhere on the bottom of the world, six teams of adventurers and explorers have gathered to race one another, on foot, to the South Pole. It is the first time that anyone has undertaken such a race in almost a hundred years; the first time since the great Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, beat Captain Scott to the same goal in 1911.
The stakes are high, as double-Olympic Gold-winning medallist James Cracknell and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle must contend with hidden crevasses, frostbite and the favourites to win: a team of teak-hard former soldiers from Norway, trained in Arctic warfare. Temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Celsius lie in store for the teams as they attempt to ski across 800 kilometres of unforgiving, icy wilderness, pulling behind them sledges laden with equipment, tents and food.
Race to the Pole is a rip-roaring 'boy's own' adventure packed with excitement, humour and even a few tears. But with just a few months to learn to cross-country ski before the start, and with national pride at stake, can Ben and James re-write history and beat the Norwegians?
©2009 James Cracknell and Ben Fogle; (P)2009 Macmillan Digital Audio
Although neither Ben Fogal or James Cracknell are authors or journalists, this book flows along and keeps you hooked due to the sheer misery that they had to endure and their desire to continue at all costs.
60% of the time, I work every time
Not only An excellent book but very inspirational. Made better by being read by the authors, it makes you feel like you are part of the story.
i will keep listening to this book over and over again...
Overall I enjoyed the book and could not wait to undertake my evening commute to sit and listen to the continuing saga. I would put this in the top 25% of my audio book collection.
The quality of the details of the continuing saga of their adventure.
Ben Foggel has easy vocal delivery and you really feel he could be sat next to you in the pub but I did find James's delivery somewhat stilted in comparison as if he could only recount the tale in short sharp bursts.
The end was incredibly emotional after they realised the enormity of what they had achieved.
This is a good easy listen. The narration switches between Ben Fogal and James Cracknell at a good pace. You can easily imagine the guys in the race and on the ice. I must admit that Ben was a better narrator than James but this is most probably down to being a presenter. I was a bit disappointed they did not have the third member of the team give his views and experiences and it did feel that he was just there to make up the numbers and this sometimes comes across in the book. Never the less I will listen again. Good old fashioned adventure , man against nature.
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