One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.08 hours)
Product Number: Z100109392
Released: Oct 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781771645058
Narrator/s: Michael Palin
Publisher: ECW Press
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"Driven by a passion for travel and history and a love of ships and the sea, former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television globe-trotter Michael Palin explores the world of HMS Erebus, last seen on an ill-fated voyage to chart the Northwest Passage. Michael Palin brings the fascinating story of the Erebus and its occupants to life, from its construction as a bomb vessel in 1826 through the flagship years of James Clark Ross's Antarctic expedition and finally to Sir John Franklin's quest for the holy grail of navigation-a route through the Northwest Passage, where the ship disappeared into the depths of the sea for more than 150 years. It was rediscovered under the arctic waters in 2014. Palin travels across the world-from Tasmania to the Falkland Islands and the Canadian Arctic-to offer a firsthand account of the terrain and conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her doomed final crew. Delving into the research, he describes the intertwined careers of the two men who shared the ship's journeys: Ross, the organizational genius who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and Franklin, who, at the age of sixty and after a checkered career, commanded the ship on its last disastrous venture. Expertly researched and illustrated with maps, photographs, paintings, and engravings, Erebus is an evocative account of two journeys: one successful and forgotten, the other tragic yet unforgettable."

Author(s): Michael Palin
Genre: History

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Author(s): Michael Palin
Product Number EB00774419
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: #9781771644426

Professional reviews

"Though he's famous from film and television, when Michael Palin narrates his audiobook about British polar exploration in the 1830s and 1840s, he makes the material the star. His considerable intelligence, talent, and experience are manifest in his easy control of pacing and tone and his clarity of sense, which allow the absorbing, sometimes even thrilling, history to be the focus of interest. He aptly supplements the history with reminiscences of his own visits to some of the remote areas described. His slightly age-roughened voice is engaging and listenable. He narrates the sometimes bleak and sad history with appropriate sympathy, but his overall manner is of an amiable, cheerful interest, resulting in a program as engaging as it is informative. W.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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