Scott's Last Expedition (CSA Word Recording) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"Scott was an incredibly coherent writer, and his thoughts, feelings, and observations are very sensitively portrayed by narrator David Horovitch, who brings great emotional depth to this tragic episode." --"Library Journal"
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For me, Scott's greatest talent was his literary skill even though on occasion he seems to be writing to different audiences; including times when he appears to be writing to himself.
A superb lyrical account and first hand insight into moments of optimism, joy, passion, bravery, frustration, hope, misery and death.
Signs that Kindle readers are being shabbily treated are evident from the outset when, presumably as a result of a botched search-and-replace, one encounters the following formulations in the introduction: `introductionspective', `introductionduced' and `introductionducing', as well as one instance of `scott' and one of `printduring'.
Thankfully, the main text is relatively error-free, but there are a couple of instances of missing text: one in the narrative itself, which runs, `found to have quite a lot of fat on him and the' (the sentence stops there), and one in the notes that attributes `Slough of Despond' to `one of the scenes in part 1 of B' (which was obviously intended to say, `Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress"'). Moreover, several tables are rendered virtually useless at any text size due to erratic tabulation and arbitrary line-endings, while note numbers aren't actively linked to their respective notes, which means a good deal of page-saving and searching through the Kindle's Notes and Marks function. Finally, the index is of no practical use whatsoever.
While some of these shortcomings might be tolerable in cheaply produced editions, they become unacceptable when issued by renowned publishers like OUP and Penguin (whose Kindle edition of Fitzgerald's `This Side of Paradise' leaves much to be desired), retailing at prices not much lower than one would pay for their own print editions.Read more ›
If this expedition had not been lead by Scott failure would have been on the cards anyway. British preferences in equipment were weak: poor tents (no sewn-in groundsheets, and slow to erect), weak clothing, poor diets (both insufficient, and with no clear understanding of scurvy); and there was a preference for man-hauling (determined in part by what they were able to handle confidently, but also by the thought that this was more heroic than using dogs). Shackleton had come to within 100 miles of the pole using ponies and man-hauling, but had the good judgement to turn back when he felt they could do no more. Scott followed Shackleton's route and based his planning round beating Shackleton's recorded distances.
Throughout this journal Scott's anxieties dominate. There are also practical oddities: for example, in a very heavily loaded ship taking the expedition south Scott found room for a pianola. Scott's thinking was confused on methods of hauling - by tractors, dogs, ponies and men. Scott also overlooked important details - for example the known evaporation of fuel from cans in depots (Amundsen took special care here by soldering the seams of his fuel cans).
Scott had determination; but he was always looking for 'good luck'. Maybe the weather was not kind to him on the return journey, but due allowance should have been made for this.
Scott's journal inevitably reflects the values of Edwardian society which now seem rather out of touch. The rigid division of his party into 'men' and 'officers' is just one example.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some really long dull sections on the logistics of the trip and especially around the weather readings and statistics. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Disapointed
Compelling, haunting, horrific tale of endeavour, hardihood and tragedy in the most savagely brutal of climates.Published 3 months ago by Modesty Blaise
The product arrived promptly and such audio cds are extremely valuable to mePublished 3 months ago by John Flynn
Good to have the missing texts at last but they would have been far easier to read if the publishers had incorporated them into the body of the book rather than giving them an... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andy Fournier