Why couldn't history have been presented this well in school?
Although written half a century ago, this book stands the test of time well. Masterfully narrated by Mr. Prebble, you almost feel like you are there watching.
Drawing upon numerous diary entries, the entirety of the adventure is presented. Many historical works focus on the leader of the expedition, but this book gives most crew their rightful place in history.
The incredible bad luck and trials these men overcame is simply amazing. I'm pretty sure 99 percent of today's modern society in the west would give up and die if challenged with these conditions. One area that was missed in the book was a discussion on the effects of the meager and limited diet these men survived on for two years. How was scurvy prevented, wight loss, etc.
If you want a real-life story that reads like fiction, then get this book and be prepared to be astounded.
Riveting story about a group of men who never received enough praise for what they endured. Incredible survival story! Narrator does a great job of delivering this saga!
Amazing Endurance Story
A Story of Human Determination
The men who took part in this exploration were men of their times. They were a tough breed that belonged to that era. It would be hard to find a group of men today who could manage what they did. The hardships they endured are difficult to even imagine actually experiencing. Recommended Read!
book was an interesting story, taken from the journals of the men on the voyage, but it was the same over and over pretty much with some incidence thrown in. its documentary. i would have gone crazy going through what these men went through. if you are into history and boating and surviving hardships this would be a good book for you. it put me to sleep at times, but not so bad that i didn't finish. story was well told, narrator did a nice job.
reactions of the crew and how they endured the hardships
I enjoyed this book because it is unbelievable! From bad to worse and yet ....history is made. History that has it all...excitement, momentum, drama, choices that impact many people. I do not know if sea captains with integrity personified and leadership overflowing exist today. I hope so!
Challenge, bravery, endurance
Captain Shackelton is a great leader who inspires his team at every turn. It happens that he is the lead person on this expedition, but it is his strength of purpose and considered actions that make him the leader--not his position.
The story continues with each scene more compelling than the one before. The final small expedition to find life and ultimately, survival, was very suspenseful and gratifying.
The necessity of amputating one man's toes and the description of the scene was very moving, followed by the patient's first wish: a cigarette!
Yes, this is history, which normally I would bypass. But the story is magnificent. There is a documentary produced in 2014 which I want to see!
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The detail of this book in even pointing out how the ship was built was fascinating. The can do spirit in the face of absolute ice cold is refreshing. Having the Leopard Seal hunt the men from under the ice was a surprise. The detail of the frozen icicle on the end of the your nose that had to be broken off that left a sore that never healed. The open boat adventure across the most hostile ocean in the world has never been repeated. The cross country adventure where they had one leg on one side of the mountain and the other leg on the other. Such detail make this book's history come alive. Not to be missed.
It was great story and very compelling, it was awesome to entertain me on my lone trip across the country
I would have to say Shackleton, because I was amazed at how he picked his crew that worked so well together anyhow he was able to hold the group together under such trying circumstances
no, I enjoyed having it be with me for a while
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
I thought it was a very good story-line but the way it was written didn't seem to capture my attention as much as I had hoped. The story itself is remarkable. It's truly unbelievable what Shackleton and his men went through. However, it was disappointing as a book. It was a strict telling of the story. No interpretation, no broader context, no clues as to what made these men the kinds of people that could endure so much. It was simply a story of survival, without any stab at the deeper meaning or purpose for it. I would love to see someone like Jon Krakauer write a treatment of Shackleton's story.
I really liked the narrator Simon Prebble, he did an excellent job.
Overall: Believe me I tried to like this book, but it's bogged down in way too much detail and somehow makes a remarkable adventure story, boring and tedious.
Endurance is a thrilling true story of an adventure that goes beyond fiction. I was enthralled with the story and the fortitude of the men involved. Although I have heard the name "Shackleton" spoken of, I never knew the real story of his journey -- and now I am better for it. It is a story that will stay with me for a very long time.