You wouldn't believe it if it were fiction . . . just when you think "ok, it can't get worse than that . . ." wait ten pages . . . and I thought that probably a dozen times.
I wasn't terribly interested in the topic but picked it up due to the exceptional reviews. I'm glad I did. I very worthwhile credit even for someone with only casual interest. Superb non-fiction writing . . . I'm kind of surprised it didn't win a Pulitzer---it's of that caliber.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I struggled mightily with the other members of the team, hauling our 23-foot lifeboat James Caird up and down the mountainous ridges of pack ice towards open water, braving hurricane-force winds and temperatures as low as −20 °F. "The only thing to do was to hang on and endure."
In truth, I was simply walking several blocks to the post office in chilly, windy weather, and only carrying several packages, but it was easy to imagine my journey as much more treacherous because I was listening to Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. This account of Ernest Shackleton's 1915 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition tells the harrowing tale of the intrepid polar explorer and his crew's attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. After their ship Endurance is beset and crushed by pack ice, they only thing they can do is haul the three life boats rescued from the Endurance across the pack ice towards open water. Trying to survive on the frozen wasteland of ice floes, they face extreme weather, starvation, frostbite, and more importantly, the search for a way to return alive. At each turn in their journey, I could hardly believe what the crew was able to endure, and circumstances kept getting worse. This tale is the best kind of immersive non-fiction, made even better by Simon Prebble's narration. It will pull you in and astound you, even if your expedition is just to the post office.
the narrator did an amazing job to recount the tale of Shackleton and the endurance. This book while piece together shows the incredible nature of the human spirit.
This was an amazing journey. I'm glad I was following it in my warm, comfort home. Well written and the reader did not get in the way of the story. The fact that this is a true story just gives you goose bumps. I am recommending the book to my husband and my friends as I know they too will enjoy it.
"Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."
This is a tale of courage and adventure equivalent to any classic adventure book, from the Hobbit to Dune. The thing that makes it even more excellent is it's 100% factual, and read with great conviction and aplomb by the narrator. You'd be hard pressed to find a more thrilling and essential addition to your audible library, regardless of your normal audible fare.
Unbelievable tale of perseverance and tenacity! I only hope that I would have that kind of endurance in face of terrible hardships.
A captivating story. If you find yourself at a point where you are overwhelmed by your own circumstances, you might find this story incredibly cathartic to listen to, because of the trying, seemingly impossible situations which these rugged individuals aspire to endure.