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Paths of Glory

A Novel
Written by: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: Roger Allam
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong - their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer's new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man - George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.

Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age 37, he was last seen 400 feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.

In fact, not until you've heard the last words of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

©2009 Jeffrety Archer (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • Joel
  • 2009-03-18

Archer Does it Again!

The first Archer book I read was The Prisoner of Birth, and I was instantly drawn into what for me is one of the best mysteries of all time. So of course when I heard Archer came out with another novel, I bought it on release day, and once again it doesn't disappoint.

Archer has this amazing way of telling a story, he slowly ramps your interest into the characters until you get to the point where your thinking about the book even when your not listening to it. I had never had much interest in climbing but after reading this book I have a whole new appreciation for their art form.

The book as a whole is brilliant, its part love story, part adventure, and a whole lot of twists and turns up until the last words. Although maybe not as earth shattering as The Prisoner of Birth, this book really deserves a look.

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  • Art lover
  • 2009-12-14

One Star? No way Jose.

I always wonder when I see a One Star rating against a bunch of Four-Five Stars what that person saw that the others did not. In this case it must have been the whole book because this story is terrific.

I'm a big Archer fan and count this among his best. It is a great story with classic characters and larger than life motives. It does have a bit of a 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' feel, but it is consistant with the period and settings.

In the end, I wonder if he made it.

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  • Yancey
  • 2009-04-29

WONDERFUL

I wasn't sure if I would like this or not. It really isn't my genre. But it was very interesting. I had a hard time shutting it off! My only regret was that it wasn't longer. I strongly suggest you give this one a listen. -Mrs. Yancey F.

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  • Oliver
  • 2010-04-27

Great story

Very interesting tale of great determination. One of Archer's best. Easily held my attention.

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  • Dan
  • 2009-11-26

Fascinating story

Jeffrey Archer's fictional interpretation of George Mallory's life and his heroic assault of Mt. Everest is a fascinating story and the narrator does a great job. The novel's strength is in the historical tale and in its description of the times. It is less successful at bringing Mallory to life but it the plot and history make it a compelling tale.

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  • Johanna
  • 2009-07-19

A thoroughly enjoyable story

I confess that I did not know the story of George Mallory prior to picking up this book. Mr. Archer does a wonderful job of bringing the person to life through this well crafted story. I had not read anything from him for many years - this has renewed my interest.

A great read.

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  • Amyable
  • 2009-08-08

Great Book, Fact or Fiction?

I really enjoyed this listen. Although I have no interest in climbing, the passion that this man exudes is contagious. It's an adventure, a love story and a very easy listen. It was a bit long, and I wonder if the abridged version would have been just as good...Enjoy!

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  • Anne
  • 2009-07-24

This book has it all!

Jeffery Archer has been a favorite of mine since "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" way back before audiobooks were even thought of. This book is one of his best, combining history, real characters, probably a little fiction, adventure and romance all rolled into a masterful tale of the guy who probably beat Hillary to the top of Everest by 40 years! We may never know for sure, but the end of the book had me wishing there was more, and I had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. George Mallory sounds like I guy I would have been honored to know. I recommend this book to anyone who has loved, lived and dreamed!

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  • James P. Evans
  • 2009-03-12

An Enjoyable fun read

I was hoping Archer's new book would have the twists that Prisoner at Birth did, but this was an enjoyable listen. Very informative and factual.

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  • Patrick
  • 2020-08-10

Not about surviving the elements

I have read two of Jeffrey Archer’s novels and given them both five stars. I don’t deny he is a great author, however this book was a disappointment. This book is not so much a novel, but a biography of George Mallory. Very little of the book takes place climbing a mountain, which was what I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear a story about surviving the elements, which this book is not.