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4.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Apsley Cherry-Garrard Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455179862
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This gripping story of courage and achievement is an account of Robert Falcon Scott’s last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes, where began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region. On November 12, 1912, in arctic temperatures, Cherry-Garrard, in a search party, found the bodies of Scott and his companions, along with their poignant last notebook entries, some of them recorded in this work.

Among Cherry-Garrard’s friends and admirers were John Galsworthy, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Bernard Shaw. His background in the arts and humanities makes The Worst Journey in the World stand out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic in the annals of exploration.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterpiece…It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery, and friendship. It vividly illustrates the demands of science and the rigours of travel. It is a record of the coldest darkest days that can be found on our planet. It is written beautifully…with a subtle artistry.”

    Paul Theroux, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A great book of Antarctic exploration.”

    New York Times

  • The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel…a masterpiece.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “This account of Scott’s last expedition to the South Pole is a true epic of adventure.”

    Times (London)

  • “Harrowing…a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong…Cherry-Garrard’s account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Simon Vance] picks up on Cherry-Garrard’s dry sense of humor, stiff-upper-lip approach to adversity, and appreciation for nature.”

    Audiofile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 2/6/2014

    " As epic a read as the adventure itself. I had thought it would be an adventure novel. Instead, I found myself in an extraordinarily throrough historical recounting using varied interwoven primary sources thrown together by one of the survivors of Scott's Last Expedition to the South Pole. Having myself been in crazy winter conditions mountaineering in Alaska, it was neat to be able to really picture what they were going through. Then I remembered the fabrics and materials available in 1911, and I realize I have no idea what they went through. The recountings involve huge amounts of specific vocabulary around sailing, mountaineering, and locations, so having the internet close by helps too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/5/2014

    " Fascinating story of a journey in Antarctica 100 years ago. Not a short book, but some really captivating experiences and the author (who was part of the expedition) makes excellent use of his own and other members' diaries to paint the picture. Couldn't believe myself thinking that -10 sounded like a warm temperature. Has changed my perspective on what "cold" really means! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Tonge | 1/26/2014

    " its a marvelous read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/24/2014

    " I read this over and over as a teenager. Fascinated and horrified at the same time. The author brings the trek and players to life without inserting too much personal ego. A wonderful account of a most challenging experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Stallard | 1/18/2014

    " This is, quite simply, my desert island book. No other book encapsulates the message of hope in amoungst utter futility quite as perfectly as this. Describing the adventures of the Scott expedition, for all its joy and folly, based on the jaded observations of a man who went filled with hope and expectation and looks back at an older, more cynical age. As a travel diary, it has no comparison: this truly was a journey into the heart of darkness. While the famous Scott expedition to the pole is covered in detail, this is not the eponymous worst journey. That journey, taken by Cherry-Gerrard and two other who were later to die on the pole attempt, was months of crawling in utter darkness, all in the name of science. That one chapter is my favourite piece of writing of all time. It covers all emotions from the depths of despair to the awakenings of lost hope. It is, quite simply, utterly stunning to read. "

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

    " pretty cool antartic travel story. often a bit technical, but worth it for the stories (if you like artic travel stories that is). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina Gibson | 1/13/2014

    " Good lord. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/12/2014

    " I thought most of this book was a drag... and it was l-o-n-g. Most of it talks about what they ate for breakfast and how the dogs were that day as it mainly based on their journals. But when they talk about their expeditions it was pretty sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/12/2014

    " Can be slow in places with the recitations of cold temperatures and high winds, but he gets you in the gut with the occasional asides of the physical toll and particularly when he gets to the Polar Party's final days. Powerful stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 12/5/2013

    " This was a great book . It is a story of courage, fortitude, poor choices, and relationships based on the need for survival. A fictional book would find it hard to capture the essence of this true story . Loved it ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Codered Summer | 11/7/2013

    " Read this book and decide what your penguin's egg is, and what you're willing to pay to get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 11/7/2013

    " What do we know of suffering, cold, darkness and despair? Would any of us have the presence of mind and duty to record the misery in such eloquent prose? This was an amazing recollection, the only drawback was the length. Highly recommend this book if you are interested in polar exploration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 10/5/2013

    " An amazing story of survival. Shackelton is my hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 9/18/2012

    " Amazing story. Hard to believe people can be so resilient. A bit of a slog reading wise though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 8/25/2012

    " and boy was it ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Schwarz | 7/29/2012

    " I brutalized a library copy of this, I read it so intently... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/26/2011

    " One of the greatest books ever written, in any genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pippa222 | 10/11/2011

    " A very well written book that gripped me totally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calix Sierra | 8/8/2011

    " Solo para entusiastas exploradores. Es muy interesante pero se hace excesivamente descriptivo y reiterativo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gunnar | 5/17/2011

    " Extremely long, but not repetitive. Very factual and objective. Not very philosophical. Not funny, except for a few tragicomical instances. Decent language. Fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 2/25/2011

    " One of the best books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/2/2011

    " This is probably the best I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikee | 12/26/2010

    " This is one of the all-time best books I ever read. I enjoyed it more than the first time I read it (in 2003). It's a bit tedious in details at times, but is still an amazing story of amazing men, told with humility and humor and grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/29/2010

    " Mad English bastards. What were they thinking? "

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About the Author

Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886–1959) was born in England and educated at Oxford. At twenty-four he was one of the youngest members of Scott's British Antarctic Expedition. He served in the First World War until being invalidated out of the navy in 1915 and during his convalescence started to write The Worst Journey in the World. He also wrote introductory chapters to Wilson of the Antarctic (1933) and Life of Bowers (1938).

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.