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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; 1 edition (5 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230739458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230739451
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Interesting for the psychology of the men - I think I'd have been tempted to do a Captain Oates to escape James!'
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'The authors have a diehard bond, and their words play off each other well as they take turn narrating their journey.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Wow!

I've read the previous endurance book from this strange pairing and had enjoyed the row every nautical mile of the way and even cried when they hit the shore but this adventure was even more gripping!

For 3 nights I stayed up far too late to reach the south pole with Ed, James and Ben whilst in the comfort of my own bed and was geniunely amazed in the sportsmanship, team dynamics and sheer bravery of these 3 guys.

A must read for all armchair travellers, wannabe explorers and dreamers alike...!
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Format: Hardcover
Having read the previous adventures of Fogle and Cracknell rowing the Atlantic (and enjoying it immensly), I was hopeful that this would be just as entertaining. It is! The style of writing is quite personal and as the events unfold you really get a sense of each explorer's characteristics and motivations. The dynamics and relationship between the two are complicated yet eloquantly explored and at times brutally honest. A great holiday read-light hearted and interesting.
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Great cd set with alternating memoirs by Ben and James. It is interesting hearing the different styles of reading - James is monotone and a bit acerbic and dull. ben is very 'blue peter' and highly emotional. Get them on the same subject (cutting cheese comes to mind) and you get the same even from to perspectives.

I found it educational as well as entertaining, and the loss of one star is just because of james's voice which can get on your nerves a little.
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Format: Hardcover
Great easy read, perfect book for your travels.

After reading their previous book, "The Crossing" I was looking forward to Cracknell and Fogle's next crazy endeavour. Once the book arrived it didn't disappoint, I didn't put it down for the next 2 days. Brilliant.

A really good read, and just like their previous book quite inspiring and revealing. If you enjoy sport in any way it's definitely worth a read.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2010
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`Race to the Pole' is Fogles and Cracknells account of their race to the south pole and if you have seen the BBC series then you will have a good idea what the race and their experiences entailed. This book goes through their preparation, training, pre race illness' and the race itself. Fogle had to fight off a tropical illness before the race, as well as his wife having a miscarriage on the eve of departure and yet he still managed to finish the race as one of the strongest team members, much kudos is due. One aspect of the story that will keep you hooked is the friendly rivalry with a Norwegian team which mirrors the original expedition in the early 1900's when Amundsen and Scott also raced to the pole. In the series Cracknell comes across as arrogant and obnoxious and he put the team in danger at many points with his attitude and whilst this also comes across in the book, you also see the reasoning behind his behaviour (rather than just the actual behaviour itself) and you soon realise he was behaving the way he did due to extreme fatigue and race injuries. For a gold medal winning, hyper competitive Olympian it must have been very hard to take being the weakest member of the team and this explains some of his outbursts and attitude. The third team member, Ed Coats, isn't involved in the writing of the book but does get adequate mention and even though he seemed to be bullied by Cracknel in the TV series, their obvious admiration for each other comes through in the pages of the book. There are also two colour plates showing various aspects of the race, including Cracknells seriously worn and wrecked feet! This is a gripping and well written story and their strength and determination in hostile conditions is inspirational and I got choked up at the end when they finally achieved their goal. Well worth a look for fans of the series or of real life adventure books.

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Having read the book about the row across the Atlantic, and enjoyed it very much, I enjoyed this book too. I find that the interaction between James and Ben is fascinating and in this book there were role reversals and the amazing thing was that James learned that he is not invincible. I have experienced his overriding drive to win when he was an 18 year old and my daughter was in the same GB Junior Rowing Team. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in real life challenges and the will to achieve success against all odds. I would have given it 5 stars but I was slightly disappointed that there was no input from the third member of the team
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I really enjoyed this book. Both Fogle and Cracknell have an easy to read writing style that takes the reader along on the journey with them. Cracknell's slightly more acerbic wit is offset by Fogal's more affable, sometimes concerned sometimes gung ho approach. I loved the preparation details as they trained and practiced, then the acclimatisation time before getting ready for the actual race. Comical and sad as the roller coaster of emotions and harsh conditions take their toll on the minds and bodies of the three men, it is an exciting and interesting journey to the underside of the world. I would have given it a five star rating if there had only been some photos to go with it. I was sad to come to the end of the book and have now ordered the DVD of their journey across the Atlantic. Enjoy.
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