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Paths of Glory Audiobook

Paths of Glory

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You heard it here first: The unabridged edition of Paths of Glory is only available as a download.

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.

Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man. But not until you've turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.

©2009 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Brand altrincham, United Kingdom 13/03/2009
    Brand altrincham, United Kingdom 13/03/2009 Listener Since 2008
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    "fantastic stuff"

    Fantastic story and Archer really on top form. All the more engaging and moving for being based on real life events with the author 'filling in the gaps'. The narration was good-it seems a little old fashioned but that kind of fits with the era of the story. I recommend this one

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    D.W.Ellis 19/03/2009
    D.W.Ellis 19/03/2009 Member Since 2014
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    "Loving family or your goal."

    This book took me from the start.archer is damn good,again.
    Never a dull moment.I so much enjoyed this book, and i so much recommend this.
    The narration was 1st class.
    It's one those books that makes you reflect on it days after.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Claire wellingborough, northants, United Kingdom 24/03/2009
    Claire wellingborough, northants, United Kingdom 24/03/2009
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    "Addictive listening."

    I found this audio book a fantastic introduction into the historical account of George Mallory's climbing career. Being a huge Archer fan for many years I downloaded this audio book without ever hearing the name 'George Mallory'. I was stunned to discover that the book was based on a real person/s. The narration was wonderful and true. Yet another memorable read/listen from Archer.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 31/03/2009
    Kirstine 31/03/2009
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    "A captivating story"

    I down-loaded this book without hesitation as my previous experiences of Jeffrey Archer's books made me confident that it would be a cracking good listen. I wasn't disappointed: the combination of the author's lively story-telling skills and Roger Allam's first-class reading made this a great listen. Biographical details of the life and achievements of Everest-climber, George Mallory, have been woven into an exciting story, which the author has fleshed out with imaginative and plausible details using evidence from Mallory's mass of wonderful letters to his wife. Though the ending to the story is well- known, the narrative is so riveting I couldn't stop listening.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Davies 03/04/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant !!!"

    I felt berefit when I finished listening to this story.
    I can not stop thinking about it and researching the factual story on which it is based. Jeffrey Archer knows how to write a brilliant story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Shroton, Dorset, United Kingdom 09/04/2009
    Sue Shroton, Dorset, United Kingdom 09/04/2009 Member Since 2008
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    "Paths of Glory"

    A good faction account of what might have happened to that Mallory Everest expedition. BUT I found the "Jolly Good Chaps" tone of the conversation tedious. A little too simplistic dialogue and story telling - even for a Jeffrey Archer. Disappointing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trish UK 26/07/2013
    Trish UK 26/07/2013 Member Since 2016

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    "Another great Archer book"

    I have enjoyed every minute of this book. It had all the ingredients of suspense, romance and adventure. This and the fact it is based on a true story. Don't miss it, its a must!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Wells, United Kingdom 20/12/2009
    Sue Wells, United Kingdom 20/12/2009
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    "An interesting tale"

    Although not a fast paced thriller, I still really enjoyed this book. It gives a good insight to the life of George Mallory. Although I knew how it would end, it didn't detract from the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacky Otley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 18/04/2009
    Jacky Otley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 18/04/2009
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    "Paths of Glory"

    I was gripped by this book and had to ensure that I would not be disturbed during my periods of listening. It is well researched and written, sympathetically read and left me wishing I had known George Mallory. When the epilogue was finished I found myself listening to the prologue again as I had to be sure (as one can be) that he achieved his goal. Excellent Mr Archer! I really recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 15/04/2014
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    "The synopsis is misleading"

    Because I failed to see the 'hidden' meaning in the synopsis I was disappointed in this book, I have no interest in the feats of people who want to achieve ambitions that are beyond most people, and the cause of suffering to those close to them. It's up to them to do as they wish, but I personally don't see the heroism in this.

    As this was a Jeffrey archer novel I took the following phrase literally: 'This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.' , I understand the thought behind that phrase, but no way is a mountain a woman!

    I realise that I was naive in my reading of this synopsis, but not thinking of the name Mallory with a link to Everest, I was duped.

    Anyway!! the story was well written, the characters shown in an interesting way - but because I have no interest whatsoever in the topic of the book I feel that my time has been wasted.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Rob
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    12/09/09
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    "Artless and witless"

    Archer takes a stab at 'faction', which is misguided at best: he's not the world's most skilled wordsmith, and story is all he's got. There is not a single original simile, metaphor or image of any kind in this entire book, just a relentless parade of cliches. He manages to make climbing Everest sound as challenging and arduous as popping out to the newsagents for some cigarettes. Avoid like ... well, the plague.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly
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    "Fantastic story"

    Loved everything about this book ❤️
    Great story Well written and a great narratot. Love Jeffrey Archer,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DIANA GILLATT
    01/08/09
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    "An unexpected find"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Despite the fairly dead-pan style, the story still got me in. I really had no idea what it was about before I listened to it - quite a find. And my husband may even enjoy it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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