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Author: Ranulph Fiennes Narrator: David Povall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781602831346
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During the Golden Era of Exploration, Captain Robert Scott and his competitor Roald Amundsen conquered the unconquerable: Antarctica. Their perilous race to the South Pole claimed Scott's life and became the stuff of legend as well as endless scrutiny. In this compelling biography of Captain Scott and his fatal journey, renowned modern-day explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, holder of ten expeditionary records, has written what is sure to become the definitive book on this hotly debated subject. Infused with the intensity of fiction, and the author's hard-won, firsthand knowledge of what it takes to traverse the Antarctic continent, Race to the Pole is a prodigious achievement certain to become a classic in the literature of exploration.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Povall offers an intelligent, listenable reading…Povall reads the history sections in an engaged, well-paced manner that never loses the listener, and he offers an intense but not-too-dramatic rendition of Scott’s travails. Perfect for history buffs and armchair adventurers.”


  • “A superb and poignant book about the tragic saga of the South Pole, by celebrated explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. A classic on exploration.”

    Jean Malaurie, director of Arctic Studies at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of Paris

  • “This is the real story of Scott’s journey to the South Pole, told as only today’s greatest polar explorer could—with courage, determination, honesty, and clarity. This book is an innovative triumph that finally replaces rumor with reality.”

    Susan Solomon, author of The Coldest March

  • “An intimate, revelatory, fresh, and refreshing up-close and personal account…Now, finally, the tale has been told, and Captain Scott has found his literary home.”

    Jennifer Niven, author of The Ice Master

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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.

About the Narrator

David Povall is a professional voice actor. He has also appeared on stage in such renowned successes as Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. He has more than forty other theater credits, including A Day in the Life of Joe Egg, White Lies, and Black Comedy. David has also appeared in numerous films.