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Fear

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Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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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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interesting

he gives an interesting perspective and some amazing stories. his tone is a little flat throughout but without doubt the collection of stories takes it through.

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Not as good as expected

Very random: more an unedited draft than completed work. Wanders off topic. Sometimes really interesting, other times like reading the Daily Mail. Overall OK insight into authors life and philosophy.

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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

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Not really what I expected

Another great performance from Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I had read mad bad and dangerous to know which is an amazing read. And so thought I would listen to this. The story is different to what I expected.
Less Ranulphs fear and how he deals with it but more stories from others, like public school boy getting abused or women in bad relationships.

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Some good stories / thoughts

But tends to go off topic and there are times when you need to remind yourself what is the book about again?

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life changing

Please please I implore you to listen to this, it is laden with inspiration and wisdom

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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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Really disappointing

This is THE most boring thing i’ve ever listened to. Although it was on I started to zone out because Sir Ran’s voice is lifeless, droll and monotone. I was really disappointed because i’m a huge fan and i’ve heard him talk live. He had passion in his belly and was engaging and interesting. If only he could have portrayed the same enthusiasm while laid this book onto audio

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Wow...

Wow...

What a life this man has lived, and one could listen to his stories all night long... just epic adventures that must be heard... Highly recommend book...

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Understanding Fear and our processes

An excellent account of how people have overcome fear. This contents of this book bring the reader back to a realistic view of what fear is , what is means to us as an individual and how we may cope with fear. The biggest takeaway for me was how Sir Ranulph Fiennes processed fear. He was prepared! By reading and researching challenges ahead and by comparison of others experiences of fear he was able to have a reasonable view and therefore able to overcome. Control of our own minds is key.

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  • 23-01-18

A must read for everyone !

Personal journey that describe what human fear and suffering looks like in most forms. Epic journey through a life and history and a must read for everyone that want to have a peak into human tenacity.

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  • 20-11-16

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.

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