Antarctica on a Plate

  • by Alexa Thomson
  • Narrated by Caroline Lee
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The true story of a young woman who ditched everything she knew to become a cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica. Imagine you are a young woman with a stellar career but an increasing dissatisfaction with life. Imagine that your idea of a "remote location" is the distance between a taxi rank and a shoe shop. How do you shrug off your growing ennui? Simple. You apply for the position of cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica.Antarctica lends itself to tales of adventure and heartbreak. The landscape is polarized, beautiful and deadly in equal measure. But Alexa doesn't scale mountains or trek to the Pole. Instead, armed with an old cookbook, she attempts to create three-course meals with no electricity or running water and struggles to defrost meat in sub-zero temperatures. Life in a thin nylon tent in the company of scientists, explorers, and eccentrics soon begins to take on extraordinary dimensions. As 120-kilometre-an-hour winds blow and tensions rise, friendships, and love, are forged in this frozen neighborhood.


What the Critics Say

"Antarctica on a Plate is an exuberant memoir. From her one-man tent pitched on the ice, Thomson graphically recounts the physical and emotional impact of living in a tiny, tent community. And finding love among the snowdrifts is no bad thing, either." (Vogue)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating insight into Antarctic Life

If you could sum up Antarctica on a Plate in three words, what would they be?

Easy listening enjoyable

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?


Any additional comments?

An interesting story about living in the harsh conditions of Antarctica. A fascinating insight into the personalities of personnel living at the blue ice airstrip, and also the different nations that have camps in Antarctica. Thanks Alexa, I really enjoyed your story and Caroline Lee is always great to listen to as well.

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- Cee-be

Quite irritating.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better voice would have made this very 'me, me, me ,,,oh yes,.. me...' marginally better.

Has Antarctica on a Plate put you off other books in this genre?

No, but the voice is annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

By using a neutral voice.

Any additional comments?

I do appreciate the writers effort in writing this self indulgent book, but it was quite painful to listen to the voice for any length of time.

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- T

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd