The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1…


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(4.3 stars; 32 reviews)

In contrast to Scott's South Pole expedition, Amundsen's expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs). Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, and he used of skis more effectively. He pioneered an entirely new route to the Pole, and they returned. In Amundsen's own words: "Victory awaits him who has everything in order -- luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck." Short accounts by other members of the party are appended. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline.) (19 hr 48 min)

Chapters

Dedication; The First Account; Introduction by Fridtjof Nansen 35:59 Read by Beecher
Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 1 20:44 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 2 17:58 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 3 17:08 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 1 25:03 Read by Laura Caldwell
Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 2 24:38 Read by Martina
Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 3 24:42 Read by Ger
Vol I Ch 3: On the Way to the South, pt 1 25:48 Read by Greg Bell
Vol I Ch 3: On the Way to the South, pt 2 23:40 Read by Scott Carpenter
Vol I Ch 4: From Madeira to the Barrier, pt 1 43:27 Read by Dick Durette
Vol I Ch 4: From Madeira to the Barrier, pt 2 32:54 Read by naksha
Vol I Ch 5: On the Barrier, pt 1 24:01 Read by texttalker
Vol I Ch 5: On the Barrier, pt 2 32:46 Read by texttalker
Vol I Ch 6: Depot Journeys, pt 1 34:37 Read by Jamie Strassenburg, Cypress, California
Vol I Ch 6: Depot Journeys, pt 2 54:03 Read by Lizzie Driver
Vol I Ch 7: Preparing for Winter 37:08 Read by Philippa
Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 1 26:20 Read by Philippa
Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 2 24:33 Read by Philippa
Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 3 45:22 Read by Philippa
Vol I Ch 9: The End of the Winter, pt 1 33:49 Read by Anna Simon
Vol I Ch 9: The End of the Winter, pt 2 32:32 Read by Anna Simon
Vol II Ch 10: The Start for the Pole, pt 1 33:38 Read by Kristine Bekere
Vol II Ch 10: The Start for the Pole, pt 2 31:25 Read by Kristine Bekere
Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 1 53:42 Read by Dick Durette
Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 2 32:52 Read by ricell
Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 3 25:05 Read by Anna Simon
Vol II Ch 12: At the Pole 42:35 Read by texttalker
Vol II Ch 13: The Return to Framheim, pt 1 30:28 Read by Philippa
Vol II Ch 13: The Return to Framheim, pt 2 33:13 Read by Philippa
Vol II Ch 14: Northward 48:36 Read by Tom Crawford
Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 1, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud 42:16 Read by Tom Crawford
Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 2, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud 33:06 Read by Scott Carpenter
Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 3, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud 34:31 Read by Anna Simon
Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 1, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen 17:23 Read by Christine Blachford
Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 2, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen 25:26 Read by Christine Blachford
Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 3, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen 25:26 Read by Varra Unreal
Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 4, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen 42:33 Read by texttalker

Reviews


(4.5 stars)

Great story. Loses a star for one entirely incomprehensible reader right towards the end. I just skipped that section, but it's not a crucial section. I don't know how the coordinator could have allowed that reading to be included. Sounded like someone whose command of English was poor, who had a very bad cold, with breathing difficulties, and was badly recorded. Utterly impossible to understand. But overall this book reading is excellent.

Very good. Only a couple readers that were hard to listen to.


(4 stars)

Great winterry story


(5 stars)

i love winter so this book is amazing to me. i mostly enjoyed the details the author presents. audio was mostly good, but few readers had such strong accents that they took focus from the story on to the unusual pronunciations.

great to hear after listening to Scott's book failing to reach p


(5 stars)

lady narrator speaks so fast it's like listening to a auctioneer


(2 stars)

excellent account of the Norwegian South pole expedition.


(4.5 stars)

Amazing book.


(0.5 stars)

Very poor readers indeed. Women are usually very poor readers.