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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Roger Allam Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781427206046
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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, and Neil Armstrong—their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend. But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer’s new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man—George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.

Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it is there.” On his third try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.

In fact, not until you’ve turned the last page of Archer’s extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer’s historical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Listeners will savor the tonality of British stage actor Roger Allam’s voice.”

    Library Journal

  • “Read by Olivier Award-winning actor Roger Allam, Paths of Glory penetrates the driven mind of this obsessed and extraordinary British gentleman who represented the spirit of a generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Roger Allam’s rich, clear voice is an excellent vehicle for the delivery of Jeffrey Archer’s novel based on the life and exploits of one of England’s greatest adventurers, George Mallory…Allam’s British accent and warm tones bring authenticity to the text…Text and presentation meld into a totally satisfying experience.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 2/14/2014

    " What a marvelous book. So glad to have had this one in my "To Read" stack. Too bad the ending had to be a sad one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette | 2/7/2014

    " Okay, I was on an airplane and this is a fine book for an airplane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/28/2014

    " I listened to the audio book version and though I finished it, I was disappointed. I don't think Jeffry Archer captures the difficulty that Mallory and his team must have experienced climbing Everest. After reading Krakauer' Into Thin Air and other mountaineering books regarding the cold and thin atmosphere, Archer makes the actual climb seem more like a extended stroll up an English hill. I did appreciate his description of the political machinery regarding the Everest Committee and the Royal Geographical Society, but since this is a work of historical fiction, it is hard to discern how accurate it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naresh | 1/18/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read. Thanks to Jeffery Archer. Its a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/14/2014

    " This historical fiction proved to be interesting to read. There was a sad undertone to the story because the reader knows that George Mallory never returned from climbing Mount Everest. My heart went out to Mallory's wife, Ruth, because she was so supportive and not thinking of self.This was the first book written by this author that I had read. I do plan to seek out this author again in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paden | 1/14/2014

    " I like the way he writes it simple and crisp.. don't know anything about mountaineering but this book gave me a slight glimpse. not a bad read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/26/2013

    " Enjoyed this look at the time period and the quest for Mount Everest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/20/2013

    " Different than other JA books I have read but I really liked it. Fiction modeled on a true story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 12/11/2013

    " Do not recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Luks | 12/8/2013

    " A good read, inspired by a true story. It had a few slower points but kept moving along. It is amazing what people will do for passion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 11/18/2013

    " If you like books about climbing and adventure then you'll enjoy this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtland Lee | 10/27/2013

    " Great book! It would make a great Masterpiece Theater movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunilrsg89 | 8/25/2013

    " Story about a man who followed his wildest dreams to reach the peak of mount Everest. The book depicts his journey right from start till end .... Leaving behind detailed trail of views into the various stages of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavan | 8/15/2013

    " a beautiful love story.interesting and predictable story line but the narration is appealing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigrid | 6/12/2013

    " If I would have known what is what about, I would have never picked it. But I love everything Jeffrey Archer's writes so I just assumed it would be great without knowing what it would be about...And it was great! It always is with Archer! Master story teller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Deeth | 4/25/2013

    " Great reading. Kept my interest throughout the book - especially near the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Dillman | 11/10/2012

    " Didn't expect to like it as I've never understood the whole mountain-climbing thing (because it's there!?). Gave it a chance because I've always liked Archer's character development and sly wit - fantastic choice. And I believe George Mallory was the first one to the top - seriously! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siva Ranjani | 7/19/2012

    " My first experience with Archer. Glad I got to know some history in a not so boring way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanrong | 7/17/2012

    " Picked this up randomly at a hotel that I was staying on vacation, and as always, Jeffrey Archer has written a good page-turner. Less of a twist-and-turn plot compared to some of his earlier books, but still gripping to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 6/17/2012

    " always writes so well but just not particularly my cup of tea, however interesting the planning & the execution of the climb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chet Nakada | 6/1/2012

    " My favorite parts were the actual letters between husband and wife. Also a reminder of how World War I stole so much from this generation. True trailblazers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/22/2012

    " Based on historical events it's the story of George Mallory and the first attempts to climb Mount Everest. It's an intersting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Alonzo | 3/15/2012

    " It was an excellent story leading up to Mallory's death, whether or true or not. However, I wished there was more details about what information was gained when they found his body 75 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/11/2012

    " I listened to the wonderful stage actor Roger Allam read this engaging portrait of British alpinist George Mallory. I have never read Jeffrey Archer before, but would gladly do so again. He draws vivid characters and cleverly foreshadows Mallory's inevitable tragic demise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimmy-jimmy | 2/7/2012

    " wonderfull story ,mountain climbing in the 1920s.true story makes you want to do something adventuerest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chetan | 1/1/2012

    " A brilliant book by Jeffrey Archer (my first read of this author). A well constructed one, brilliant story, methodical way of interpretation. I liked the characters very much.. Only concern is that things become repeatative attimes.. A truly inspirational book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 7/18/2011

    " Great story. Very captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It sucked that the prologue gave away the fact that George died on the mountain. Other than that it was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/5/2011

    " This was another book club choice that I really loved! Full of adventure! I think that the guys in our life would like this one too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/1/2011

    " Enjoyable, easy read. Interesting view into what it was like to pioneer Everest before prior the hoopla that now surrounds it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/27/2011

    " It was an excellent story leading up to Mallory's death, whether or true or not. However, I wished there was more details about what information was gained when they found his body 75 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/12/2011

    " Great historical fiction read.

    Enjoyed learning more about mountain climbing and the history of Mt. Everest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/12/2011

    " Enjoyed reading this book - I usually enjoy Archer. The characters were well developed - those we know about and those we don't! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/12/2011

    " great read, Mt. Everest climber!! Why do they do it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/1/2011

    " This is the fascinating account of the first climbers to try to conquer Mt. Everest. It reads like a novel, with exciting stories of the climb, and it's also a terrific love story. Highly recommend!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Armando | 3/31/2011

    " a great adventure book, the book does a great job at describing the journey of the men who are going to climb Everest.
    It is a funny story full of adventure and even love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/29/2011

    " Well done, and a completely enjoyable adventure, despite the tragedies. I listened to this one on cds, took about 14 hours during long commute times. Made me relive my early climbs of Mt Whitney and Mt Rainier many years ago. The descent is always the hardest part of any climb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It was based on the true story of a Brit named George Mallory who was a mountain climber. I had never heard of him and thought it was fiction until I saw a review of the book. One of the disadvantages of listening to books -- no covers or inside flaps. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and twenty-two years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Only Time Will Tell, and Kane and Abel—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
About the Narrator

Roger Allam played Javert in the original London production of Les Misérables and Falstaff in the Shakespeare’s Globe 2010 production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He has been nominated four times for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, winning twice, and he has also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. His film work includes roles in The Queen, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Tamara Drewe, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the television series The Thick of It. He has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. Roger lives in southwest London with his wife, actress Rebecca Saire, and their two young sons.