From Pole to Pole: A Book for Young People


Read by Steven Seitel

(4.5 stars; 3 reviews)

This book was first published in 1912. It is a simplified English translation of the author's Från pol till pol: genom Asien och Europa (Bonnier, Stockholm, 1911).

Part 1 tells of Hedin's own extensive travels across Europe and Asia. Hedin visited Turkey, the Caucasus, Tehran, Iraq, lands of the Kyrgyz people and the Russian Far East, India, China and Japan. He provides fascinating descriptions of cities and peoples and events in the closing years of the 19th century. It's a fascinating travelogue.

Part 2 recounts the stories of other great explorers/adventurers/villains: Gordon at Khartoum, Livingstone and Stanley in Africa, the destruction of the Inca empire by Pizzaro, hunting the blue whale in southern waters, Shackleton's near miss of the South Pole...even a mention of Alexander Selkirk, as an excuse for retailing the adventures of Robinson Crusoe. It's a very mixed bag, designed to appeal "to young people." (Summary by Steven Seitel) (17 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Sec 1 Across Europe 1:04:11 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 2 Constantinople to Teheran (1905) 16:52 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 3 Through the Caucasus, Persia, and Mesopotamia (1885-6) 33:04 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 4 The Persian Desert (1906) 24:18 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 5 On the Kirghiz Steppe (1893-5) 45:25 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 6 From Persia to India (1906) 41:33 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 7 Eastern Turkestan (1895) 33:31 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 8 The Western Waterway (1899) 24:02 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 9 In the Forbidden Land (1901-2) 49:36 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 10 India 57:40 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 11 From India to China (1908) 20:37 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 12 China 1:03:08 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 13 Japan 31:24 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 14 Back to Europe 40:35 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 15 Stockholm to Egypt 54:39 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 16 Africa, part 1 1:05:47 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 17 Africa, part 2 1:06:45 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 18 Africa, Part 3 47:00 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 19 North America, part 1 30:44 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 20 North America, part 2 56:40 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 21 South America 42:53 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 22 In the South Seas 50:56 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 23 The North Polar Regions 1:07:19 Read by Steven Seitel
Sec 24 The South Polar Regions 7:58 Read by Steven Seitel