Everyone should know this journey. A little bit textual at times, as non-fiction often can be. However the story is so interesting you don't mind. Put this on your list of stories from the past that you need to know
I'm fascinated by Arctic and Antarctic adventure stories, so I already knew the basic facts about what happened on this expedition. So, in that sense, it was like watching the movie "Apollo 13". And listening to this books is kinda like watching that movie: you know how the story comes out, but the story is told in such an exciting and involving manner that you find yourself enthralled and practically on the edge of your seat, marvelling at what men can do and endure.
Simon Prebble's narration is just perfect. I was engrossed through the whole story. When I stopped, I couldn't wait till I could get back to it.
Marvelous and well-done!
I downloaded this book on a kind of lark (it sounded interesting and was on sale). I'd heard a few small bits here and there about Shackleton's voyage but was effectively ignorant. The story is simply stunning. The reader of the audiobook is pretty good. Technically, he's very good but at times I felt like I was listening to a breathless narrator on a PBS show. Still, the story itself easily stands on it's own and the reader doesn't usually distract from it. I'm a sucker for stories of superhuman perseverance and this delivers it in spades. At times, I was near tears and definitely want to learn more about this story. Recommended.
One of, if not, the best book I have ever experienced. I listened to it twice and I will listen to it again.
Excellent tale of the character of man.
well written, well narrated, an excellent book and value for money, whilst they oputcome is known before you read still it has you on edge through out
this is an epic masterpiece of drama, leadership, survival, adventure and sheer determination to survive. Every phase the men reach only leads to increasing challenge. The reader does a fantastic job narrating an unbelievable story.
This is one of my favorites. Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator and this is an incredible story of survival and true determination. Shackleton's team achieved and endured the unimaginable for the time. Well worth a credit!
I am a middle school reading and English teacher, and parent of two teenagers. We live in Duluth Minnesota, and our whole family enjoys audiobooks.
I first read this book 18 years ago with my husband. Shakleton has rated high on my list of heroes ever since. So, although I know the story fairly well, it was incredible to be reminded of the extraordinary details of this astounding journey and these amazing men. As others have said, the narrator is outstanding, and does a lot to build and keep the listener's attention.
This is a story that will change your perspective on what it means to "endure" and will make you grateful for all that you have in your life: drinking water, toilet paper, fresh vegetables, and most of all - a dry, warm bed to sleep in. I love this book, and am SO glad I took the time to listen to it again after many years. I suspect I may listen for a third time before another 18 years go by.
I knew nothing of Shackelton's voyage, disaster, and rescue and this was perhaps the best 20 hours I have spent in a long long time. Every few chapters you will say to yourself "well, it can't get any worse. Nothing else can happen." And yet, it does. What these men endured and how they persevered is astounding. An amazing lesson in the human spirit. What a great audio book and the narrator was absolutely spot on perfect for this book.