An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early 20th century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.
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By John Rodsted on 31-03-14
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
No one. It is rubbish
What was most disappointing about Edward J. Larson’s story?
It is poorly researched and full of inaccuracies. Dates, Places, Distance are massively wrong in so many places. These are not small mistakes but problems that change the scope of the story. Shackleton made it to 87 degrees on Nimrod, not 82. Scott only got to 82 degrees years earlier. The Fram expedition ended in Spitzbergen, it did not begin there etc and so it goes on.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narration was ok
What character would you cut from An Empire of Ice?
Do some research first, lots of research.
Any additional comments?
Do not waste your time or money on this.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By margaret on 18-02-16
Story good, narrator not so
Good factual information. Narrator was most irritating with a very fake British accent, really annoying. There are recordings of most Antarctic explorers from that era and accents can be easily checked.