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Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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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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Hard to listen to

I so admire Fiennes but I only got as far as chapter 2 before I returned it. I expected some motivational of how to cope with fear brought about by life experiences. But the depths he went into how people died in Dresden and child abuse cases was terrible. It may be perhaps in later chapters he would talk about his expeditions but I wasn’t willing to risk it. I would have been willing to forgive the stilted delivery but not when it delivered such depressing stories. I still love many of his books and tv work, but couldn’t listen to this.

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Frank and factual

Frank, sometimes to the point of bluntness. At times monotone and sometimes lacking the story telling narration I had expected, but perhaps due to the honesty, and genuine depth of experience of the reader; a wonderfully enlightening, empowering and educational book. I’ll go on to find more by the author and will also seek out the books he references throughout.

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Weird and gross

Was expecting a book about Ranulph Fiennes' experiences and how he has overcome fear; switched off mid-way through the graphic description of child sexual abuse in Chapter 2.

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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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  • Colin
  • 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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  • Robert
  • 03-07-20

Incredible book that changed my life

I am a young man with similar health issues, pains and traumas as well as fears as Sir Ranulph. Because of that I have failed previously in many areas of life due to undue anxiety, fear and cramps. That contrasts with unique achievements in other areas of life. This book helped me smooth the ups and downs.

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  • Roopa Sonalkar
  • 26-05-20

A comprehensive guide to fear

A well researched book that manages to be both, informative and motivational at the same time. Also, the fact that it’s written by someone who shares my fear of heights, really helped me relate. Wonderful book!