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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ranulph Fiennes Narrator: Ranulph Fiennes Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity, and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author, and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.

In his autobiography, he describes how he led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He tells of how he discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole: the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. His most recent challenge was scaling the north face of the Eiger, one of the most awesome mountaineering challenges in the world. Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbi | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting account of his life as an adventurer. I felt a bit bad though. What do aging polar expedition leaders do for income? They force their bodies to continue making these treks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olwen | 2/18/2014

    " An inspiring book. You'll learn about the power of tenacity. (But I still don't want to climb mountains or cross the icy poles myself) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Holland | 2/1/2014

    " Fiennes is the consumate bad-ass. Holy hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul McMeekin | 1/22/2014

    " It took me ages to get into this book, and I kept reading a few pages and putting it down again, but then all of a sudden it just took off! Turned out to be very interesting and very motivating. In fact it even made me consider walking to the North Pole, but I soon wised up... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 1/19/2014

    " Very interesting book, full of exciting stuff, BUT Ranulph Fiennes should have had the book proof-read before it went to print. After half a dozen pages, I was keeping a tally of the spelling or editing errors, and by the end of the book had several thousand listed. This spoilt the flow of what should have been a good book. I sent my list of errors in to the publishers; I wonder if a reprint was ever done ??. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deadly Microbe | 1/11/2014

    " It's blokes like this who won and maintained the empire! The thought "is this a sensible thing to do" has never entered his head. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/1/2014

    " Very interesting life story! Shows how perseverance is really important in life. And reinforces the fact that I like warm weather to cold weather! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Allen | 12/30/2013

    " The bloke is nuts and has had quite a life. He an inspiration for me and if you like biographies this is an absolute cracker. Tells you an lot about the determination of the man and the sacrifices necessary to do the things he has done "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seoul Rationalthinkers | 8/20/2013

    " This I recommend because of it's inspirational value. Pure exploration that is just not as prevalent as it should be in everyday societal life. We as a race should be as passionate about exploration and adventure as this man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 7/23/2013

    " Quite a big book and am currently in the middle of it. I am not enjoying it as much as Bear Grylls' 'mud, sweat and tears' but it is still an impressive read. Recommend so far to anyone who likes exploration and incredibly tough challenges! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Pentony | 7/19/2013

    " Incredible adventurer. One of the best ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarke | 5/19/2013

    " excellent autobiography of a true adventurer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Grady | 10/15/2012

    " Full of good tales and amazing feats but skins over a lot of the would-be interesting details and covers a lot of superfluous information, for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy Jaskela | 9/10/2012

    " An adventurer to the extreme.... first man to reach both poles by surface travel. At age 60 ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. Plus wrote 17 books including his autobiography. And more. An exciting book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milan | 6/25/2012

    " Autobiography of a great explorer. It's mainly about his expeditions (like the Transglobe expedition) and sport undertakings (like seven marathons in seven days on seven continents), but includes also a lot of personal memories about Fiennes' family and his private life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Ashwell | 4/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and found his attitude to life quite inspirational. Worth a read I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Rippington | 9/1/2011

    " I don't know what I expected from this, but I couldn't put it down. It was exciting, informative, and in places quite touching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon Foot | 7/3/2011

    " Ek is nou halfpad en wens daar was meer ure in die dag om te kan lees. Ek vind sy ekspidisies fasinerend, veral omdat ek pas twee boeke oor RF Scott gelees het. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaspal | 6/29/2011

    " RF is amazing - what he's done, what he's been through. But the way the story is told feels a bit disjointed except perhaps the last section about the Eiger. Still a good read though on the whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 4/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and found his attitude to life quite inspirational. Worth a read I thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 1/29/2011

    " Another great story told poorly. Some other reviewers have thought Fiennes' nonchalant manner of reading makes this story all the more interesting but for me, he sounds bored. How can you be bored about climbing Everest? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaspal | 11/16/2010

    " RF is amazing - what he's done, what he's been through. But the way the story is told feels a bit disjointed except perhaps the last section about the Eiger. Still a good read though on the whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 11/10/2010

    " Incredible adventurer. One of the best ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milan | 5/6/2010

    " Autobiography of a great explorer. It's mainly about his expeditions (like the Transglobe expedition) and sport undertakings (like seven marathons in seven days on seven continents), but includes also a lot of personal memories about Fiennes' family and his private life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milan | 5/6/2010

    " Exciting biography of one of the greatest explorer's of modern times. Very riveting and interesting read for those who like endurance, desire to explore and people who never give up to challenge themselves and their abilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/24/2009

    " It took me ages to get into this book, and I kept reading a few pages and putting it down again, but then all of a sudden it just took off! Turned out to be very interesting and very motivating. In fact it even made me consider walking to the North Pole, but I soon wised up... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deadly | 4/9/2008

    " It's blokes like this who won and maintained the empire! The thought "is this a sensible thing to do" has never entered his head. A great read. "

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About the Author

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has traveled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth. In the process he lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, nearly died on several occasions, and raised millions for charity. He discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman, was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel, and was also the first to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported. In 1993 Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the Order of the British Empire for “human endeavor and charitable services.” An elite soldier, athlete, mountaineer, and renowned explorer, Fiennes is also the author of more than a dozen books of both fiction and nonfiction.