I’m lying here all snug and warm under my doona, listening on my player, with the room temperature at about eight degrees Celsius. And I am not looking forward to getting up to relive myself at any time. This is my worst fear and yet Shackleton’s mob are in many degrees below minus and SOAKING WET, 24/7. And they hardly complain about anything! How soft and lazy has our society become. We live in heated homes, eat fast, processed food, watch TV and COMPLAIN! About everything. What the hell has life turned into for humanity in such a short time.
It doesn’t get any better than this if you want to know how big and good an average human being can be and what you’re really made of.
The first book i have read non stop start to finish
The way it was told
The whole book
So much courage i was no aware of till now
This is a phenomenal feat of survival and astonishing achievements, brilliantly told. Their mission to cross the Antarctic continent was abondoned for a new mission of survival by whatever means available. Nearly 500 days without touching land 28 men were forced to sacrifice total preparedness for speed while dining on cold dog meat and penguin. Amazed by the positive outlook on the team when in times of near death they talk of the immense beauty of the scenery surrounding them.
An incredible story that is recognised as the greatest survival story of all time.
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An engrossing unfolding of an almost unbelievable story of human ability to cope and deal with what hard nature served up.I heard the last part of the story on a plane & my not silent weeping may have disconcerted my fellow passengers.The reading was just completely in accord with the story being narrated.Thanks.
The story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica, Endurance is both the name of his ship and a fitting title to the amazing struggle the crew faced. Before listening to this fascinating book, I only knew the barest of facts about Shackleton. The book was written in the 1950's but tells the story in amazing detail, pieced together from the various crew members' diaries. And the narrator of the version I listened to, Simon Prebble, was a great asset to the story as well, using different voices for the each crew member's diary contributions. Highly recommend this one.
One of my sisters recommended this book to me years ago but I had never found the time to read it. When I saw it on audio I decided to give it a go and despite my sister's recommendation I didn't expect it to be as gripping as it was. I stayed up listening to it for hours as I knew I would never be able to sleep while this group of men were stranded on an ice floe in the Weddell Sea, gradually starving and getting blown about by Antarctic gales etc. I kept thinking I would stop listening when they reached a bit of calm, but unfortunatey they seemed to get flung from one situation of extreme peril to another. Eventually it got so late I just had to turn the audio book off, even though the ice floe they were on was cracking around them and no channel through the pack ice seemed available. I had a terribly disturbed night's sleep and had to work all the next day worrying about what happened next, and the insane thing about this feeling of worry is that I already knew they survived because my sister had told me. There's no accounting for the human mind (or mine, anyway). Anyway, I was very relieved to get to the end of the book with everyone safe. I must say I don’t think I’ve ever reached the end of a book feeling quite so exhausted before. As well as exhilarated.
The book is well put together, using extracts from many of the diaries kept by the men. The narrator does a very fine job, even doing fairly credible accents for the New Zealand and Australian crew members, as well as the various regional UK accents. Overall a very fine read.
The story is so captivating on its own and the reader is perfect for this book.
One can't imagine how these guys survived everything with nothing. Would we be that resourceful in this society?
Prebble's nuanced reading makes you feel the cold and the pain and the fear of being unsure if the next minute would be your last.
My husband and I laughed at some of the antics and creations of the men and when they heard the work bell and knew they were nearly there, turn on the waterworks.
This book and the know how of the men should be a class in school. I never knew any of this, and I had a really pretty good education!
Endurance is one of my top 3 favourite books from audible. Loved it!
This was the first time I had heard Simon Prebble, and he is the best Narrator Ive heard along with Stuart Langton.
In my early highschool years I was given this book as a birthday present. It was the most fascinating books I had ever read and couldnt put it down. Then I had to share it! But I think listening to it again as the audio version has been an even more exciting experience. Forever the question in your mind is, Will they make it? I couldnt recommend a better book. The lengths humans will strive to survive is perhaps greater then we may ever realize until placed in adverse circumstances. Never can a story better illustrate this then the true story of Endurance: Shakletons Incredible Voyage.
The print version has maps to which one can refer; audio does not. Therefore, I would consider the print version better.
The sheer grit and determination of these men in the most abysmal circumstances imaginable.
Voice inflection is difficult to impart using the print medium. Mr. Prebble does an excellent job of conveying the consistently long odds facing Shackelton and his men -- and how they returned intact.