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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,566 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:
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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.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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).