This is the most riveting read I've listened to thus far - both in terms of story, writing style and reading excellence
I wept at the end when Schackleton and his three cohorts appeared at the Whaling Station on South Georgia island. What a feat of endurance!
I cannot recommend this book enough. It was inspiring on so many levels.
The facts of this story are unrealistic. A Hollywood movie with this plot would be ridiculed by armchair survival experts as one improbable deus ex machine moment after another, culminating with a full-circle fairy tale ending all wrapped up neatly with a bow. A joke.
Except it happened. Arguably the most incredible aspect of the ordeal is the almost complete absence of internal discord, factions and mutiny despite over a year of confinement in cramped shelters without plumbing or any luxuries. This is probably Shackleton's greatest contribution: uncanny ability to select men who would work together and have virtually indestructible optimism. I think Job may have started griping about conditions before many of these guys.
The book is a good length and the story moves right along after dwelling too long in the pre-disaster times. The narrative style is a little dull in that it does not convey the utterly insane circumstances and dangers of different events, but the facts alone get 5 stars even if they could have been recounted better. At 10 hours it's a good length for hearing in one day straight through if you have the opportunity.
This was such an amazing story! I could feel the pain and frustration of the explorers with every set back. Their strength was beyond description, while being handed the worst that the weather and the sea could pound them with. WOW!
Excellent and unbelievable drama and performance. I would definitely read it again. I heard there's a movie going to be watching that.