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The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12

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19 Hours 49 Minutes


January 2016

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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.)

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  • Wal M.

    An amazing story about the tenacity of man to achieve a goal that even today is an amazing challenge

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  • holly F

    This book tells the story of Amundsen's successful race to South Pole, ahead of Scott (who ultimately perishes on his return trip). I particularly enjoyed following Amundsen's preparations for the expedition and his thought process. It is wonderful to know the facts of Scott's simultaneous expedition when listening to this story and I recommend listening to any of those descriptions first. I am thankful to all the Librivox volunteers who contributed to this narrative, but did find the many voices to be a bit distracting at times.

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