The Man Who Ate His Boots
- The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
- Narrated by: Simon Vance
- Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-03-2010
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the 16th century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next 35 years, the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who led the last of these Admiralty expeditions and vanished into the maze of channels, sounds, and icy seas with two ships and 128 officers and men.
In The Man Who Ate His Boots, Anthony Brandt tells the whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism. Sir John Franklin is the focus of the book but it covers all the major expeditions and a number of fascinating characters, including Franklin's extraordinary wife, Lady Jane, in vivid detail.
The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history that captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise.
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By The Quiet Reader on 26-06-2018
Informative though patchy history
I found this book to be very informative and very well written and read. Though at times it seemed lacking in a coherent storyline. By this I mean the stories (non fiction) tended to jump back and forth. I would have preferred the book to stick to a strict chronological pathway and offer more information on the post Franklin exploring. The early part of the book was a delight in relating the early attempts at the Passage. I found myself at times during the narration skipping forward - not because of the Narrator - as occasionally the text seemed to drift and on an odd occasion off topic.
Narration was a delight. Crisp, clear and very listenable. Simon Vance is a top class Narrator.
Certainly worth listening to or reading through.
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By Christopher on 15-08-2014
They don't get any better than this
This book is amazing. This is the best audiobook I have ever owned, out of roughly 200. I have listened to it 20 times because there is so much there. Listen to it while looking at a map of Northern Canada.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Jami L on 15-12-2015
Good, but not great
Having just finished Kingdom of Ice, I was on an arctic exploration kick, so I got this one. It was a good enough book, and the narrator did a great job. It was just hard to follow much of it due to not being able to see the maps they were talking about. I think a hard copy would be better for this one because you could see the islands, straights, and other areas being explored.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful