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  • Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor
  • By: Michael Smith
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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An Unsung Hero

By: Michael Smith
Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
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Summary

An Unsung Hero is an unforgettable story of triumph over unparalleled hardship and deprivation.

Tom Crean was the farmer’s son from Kerry who sailed on three major expeditions to the unknown Antarctic over a century ago. He served with both Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, spent longer on the ice than either and outlived them both. 

But Tom Crean returned to Ireland and never spoke about his exploits, taking his incredible story to the grave - until the publication of An Unsung Hero, which unearthed his story and saw him rightfully placed amongst the annals of the great explorers.

©2009 Michael Smith (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Michael Smith has written a splendid biography." (The Nautical Magazine)

"The epic struggles, heroics and the unbelievable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told." (The Irish Times)

"Wonderful Kiplingesque yarn about a great Irishman who didn't have to die to become a hero." (Irish Independent)

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what a life, what a story!

the famous expeditions of Scott and Shackleton told from Tom Crean's perspective.
His early life, running away to join the navy. Many unfamiliar heroics of saving many fellow travellers lives told here and the measure of the man is unveiled. beautifully told and narrated.

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Wonderful but scary

Fantastic tales of a very brave man, very well narrated too. An excellent listen. Superb

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Great story

The Irish accent was perfect , great insight into exploration at the turn of the century

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The Heroic age of polar exploration!

Living in Ireland, I am inspired incredibly. A humble boy from Africa took to this book like snow on a mountain in Antarctica. Cheers Tom

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incredible story

I've physically read this book at least twice many years ago.
it was wonderful to hear it through Audiobook.
very well narrated & delivered at an excellent pace.
highly recommended 👌

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Amazing story

This is an excellent account of Crean's life and his expeditions to the Antarctic. My only criticism is that the narrator is constantly giving measurements in both Imperial and SI units and it’s incredibly irritating as there are quite a few references to mass and length in the book and the constant translation from one set of units to the other really upsets the flow. This is not the fault of the narrator who is excellent but they should have chosen one system and just stuck with it throughout. However, don’t let this put you off as it’s an amazing story.

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Fantastic

Loved every word of this book the hardships they endured are difficult to imagine, and Tom what a Man listened to it once went back to the beginning and listened to it again.

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Gripping story. All the way to the end.

Gerry O' Brien is an excellent narrator. Such an amazing story, hard to believe they went through all that misery. They were a different breed back then. A true unsung hero.

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Kerry Abu

A great story. Enthralling. What great men. will read it again.
The narrative.could have been better.

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A quiet humble man

He cones across as a quiet humble man, a friend to all he knew, a stalwart who could be relied upon throughout the many trial’s and tribulation’s of the polar journeys.
One of Ireland’s true hero’s who never list sight of his duty to his brothers in adventure.

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