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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • N. Taylor
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • womble
  • 26-08-2018

Top read from a great man

Looks in to how fear controls you both mentally and physically and how you can use it to be a better person !!!

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  • Joshua
  • 23-07-2018

Inspirational.

A fantastic and holistic look at various peoples interactions s with fear and ways in which individuals have overcome it.

Well written, well read. Motivational to say the least.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2018

Fear - take it on!

An enjoyable book audio which I ploughed through on my canal walks. Well read by Ranulph Fiennes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2018

By far one the greats by a great man..

a true living ledgend... he takes you though the sands of time using his own accounts to draw you in. Also useing common events in time where all sorts of atrocities have happened.. making the listener sit up and listen... what a journey!!!