The Last Place: Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole

Roland Huntford, Author, Tim Pigott-Smith, Narrated by , read by Tim Pigott-Smith. CSA Word $31.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-934997-33-8

Huntford's chronicle of the rivalry between the United Kingdom's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole, poses a substantial challenge for adaptation into the audio format. The narrative presents events in a third-person expository fashion, offering precious few opportunities for dialogue among the real-life characters. American listeners may consider Tim Pigott-Smith's British accent distracting, while others might enjoy it as a relevant bit of flair. The story contains plenty of inherent drama, but the abridgment seems to veer off course in the concluding sections, as the long-term legacies of the two polar pioneers is rather rushed. A Modern Library paperback. (July)

Reviewed on: 08/31/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Audio
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