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BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.

In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try to explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcomes of great events.

With an enthralling combination of storytelling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.

©2016 Ranulph Fiennes (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Interesting book but gets lost

It’s a good book for stories and obviously well researched. Fiennes has established himself worthy of being able to tell these stories. I’m just not sure where it was heading as it doesn’t really draw any conclusions.

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Great Author but this book is lacking

A great author with a lifetime of adventures, however this book was a collection of brief stories about people in fearful situations. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link with any of it and didn’t get any helpful insight into how to deal with fear in any real life context. The narration was very flat and regularly found myself drifting off. I would be interested to listen to some of his other books, hopefully better than this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2018

A must read for everyone !

Personal journey that describe what human fear and suffering looks like in most forms. Epic journey through a life and history and a must read for everyone that want to have a peak into human tenacity.

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  • Colin
  • 20-11-2016

Disappointing

I really wanted to like this book, having seen Ranulph Fiennes on lecture tours some years ago. Unfortunately his narration was stilted and hesitant, like he was seeing the words for the first time. This might actually have been better, narrated by someone else.
Shame because he's an absolute hero but that doesn't translate to this audio book.

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  • Shannon Clark
  • 03-01-2021

Disappointing

Author's narration skill are poor.
One or two nuggets but overall disappointing. from a individual for whom I have high regard for his achievements.

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  • Robert
  • 03-07-2020

Incredible book that changed my life

I am a young man with similar health issues, pains and traumas as well as fears as Sir Ranulph. Because of that I have failed previously in many areas of life due to undue anxiety, fear and cramps. That contrasts with unique achievements in other areas of life. This book helped me smooth the ups and downs.

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  • Roopa Sonalkar
  • 26-05-2020

A comprehensive guide to fear

A well researched book that manages to be both, informative and motivational at the same time. Also, the fact that it’s written by someone who shares my fear of heights, really helped me relate. Wonderful book!

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  • Brian
  • 12-02-2017

interesting

he gives an interesting perspective and some amazing stories. his tone is a little flat throughout but without doubt the collection of stories takes it through.

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  • Marbo
  • 01-01-2017

Not as good as expected

Very random: more an unedited draft than completed work. Wanders off topic. Sometimes really interesting, other times like reading the Daily Mail. Overall OK insight into authors life and philosophy.

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  • Alex
  • 24-10-2016

Insightful and gripping

Fear is gripping. Not only as explained by Fiennes but his book also. The short stories Fiennes uses to support his points keep the reader interested as the narrative fast past.
The book is both insightful and factual. I enjoyed Fiennes own accounts of when he had experienced fear and his recollections of his time serving in the British Army and his explorations. I also enjoyed the stories of others and how they overcame fears. Overall, I would recommend this. Some of the facts and graphic accounts of

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  • Mr Lee
  • 09-04-2019

Not really what I expected

Another great performance from Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I had read mad bad and dangerous to know which is an amazing read. And so thought I would listen to this. The story is different to what I expected.
Less Ranulphs fear and how he deals with it but more stories from others, like public school boy getting abused or women in bad relationships.

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  • John
  • 20-03-2017

Some good stories / thoughts

But tends to go off topic and there are times when you need to remind yourself what is the book about again?

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  • Adam S.
  • 28-12-2016

life changing

Please please I implore you to listen to this, it is laden with inspiration and wisdom

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  • Simon Cooper
  • 14-11-2016

Wonderful insight

Some superb wisdom from a man who spent most of his life putting himself in a position most people would fear.
This book both chronicles his own fear through this life and intertwined stories of other notable fearful stories from the wider public.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2021

Amazing life of a true adventurer

You can’t help wondering if Mr Fiennes has spent his life wondering if he was good enough. The British public school has a lot to answer for. He examines fear but ignores himself.
Ranulph it is alright mate you have nothing to prove. Is what my son would say.
This is not to say that the book worth reading. I believe it is. Cover to cover

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  • Rex Ovire
  • 26-01-2021

Jaw dropping

In the first few chapters one must be patient! Because as you dive in deeper you will appreciate the deep sense research and thorough work of detail put into exposing us into the arena of fear itself.

Brilliant read. 🖤

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  • Kevin Bennett
  • 12-01-2021

Sobering stories from a living legend

This book is not light entertainment! This is a very heavy listen owing to the consistency and depth at which Ranulph Fiennes details some of his, and histories, most abhorrent moments of fear and suffering. I love Ranulph Fiennes' accomplishments as an example of the heights of human achiecement, and his slow and methodical narration here only heightens the vivid imagery of his selected tales of misery. The only reason this does not get 5 stars is that at points throughout the book I almost couldn't bring myself to continue the constant barrage tales of horror endured by the poor subject of these stories. Choose your listening times wisely, it can be a deeply upsetting experience that only offers the slightest hints at positivity at it's summation.

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