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  • Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Discover inspiring stories of heroism, adventure, endurance and survival from throughout history.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott didn't start out life as a hero. In fact, as a boy he was considered small, frail and shy. So what was it that turned this ordinary man into a legend?

Through his gripping account of how this modest naval officer became Scott of the Antarctic, Neil Oliver vividly relates the awe-inspiring tales of brave men that inspired Britain's greatest hero, including Nelson, Sir John Moore and the Demons of Camerone.

And alongside these epic stories of courage, fortitude and sacrifice, Oliver recounts how the spirit of Scott lives on - from Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 13 mission, to the SAS and the Battle of Mirbat.

Young and old alike will enjoy listening to these brave stories of men who understood - as Scott always did - that it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life.

©2008 Neil Oliver (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A joy from start to finish." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A must-have collection." (The Times)

"A great book.... I shall treasure it." (Sir Ranulph Fiennes)

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amazing tales

love this book. beautifully read and each story told in gripping and enlightening prose to the end.

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If only "Ripping Yarns" hadn't already been used.

Excellent tales of 'daring do' from Thermopoly and the 300 Spartans, Rorke,s Drift, Dien Bien Phu through to Appollo 13 and beyond a thoroughly riveting account of heroic people and the sacrifices they made without complaint or second thought cleverly interwoven with the stories of Shackleton and Scott of the Antarctic permeating the whole book.

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when men were men.

Great book about great men achieving greatness in times when men were aloud to be men and not just people to be blamed for everything that is wrong in the world.

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A great listen

Neil Oliver obviously understands the youth of middle aged men, his accent fits the reading, especially when he is quoting poems or speeches. The tales are a good reminder of what we were fought a man should be or aim for. A good listen, reminding me of a carefree youth that the current children will never know.

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inspirational

really enjoyable and interesting very inspiring great narration and incredible tales of bravery and valour

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Neil Oliver’s is the perfect voice.

This tale of manly men is so far removed from the woke ministries of the current age that it almost seems like a fantasy novel collection. I believe that this should be required reading in primary schools to stir the emotions of boys, many of whom have no masculine role models of their own to look up to. A brilliant book and a great read by the author.

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Inspiring Great book of amazing tails.

Neil Oliver has a great voice and tells a tail with acumen well worth a listen

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Fantastic.

Excellent book, enjoyed every minute of it.
Neil's narration is brilliant, favourite book I've listened to all year!

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Some great topics but, a hard listen

Nuance is not something that comes naturally to the narrator. The deadpan delivery adds nothing to what should be a compelling list of stories..it is dreadful.