A gripping read from beginning to end. Beautifully written with superb narration. A tail of extreme hardship and triumph.
Hmmm. That's tricky. I'd say it's in the top echelon, though not number one.
Well researched, well paced, and well read. An excellent listening experience all round. Well worth the credit.
Loved this book. I read the paperback then bought the audio book. Just as well either way. Narrator is perfect for the book. The leadership, do or die desicions, food rationing and general survival skills alone kept me interested. The journey from water to ice, to island, to water, to mountains and the will to live are intriguing.
Most memorable part is hard to pin down but probably the amputation.
The reading is exquisite, the story timeless and told with great fondness, admiration and respect of this perilous voyage and its men. Riveting. Well-researched account of true endurance. Loved it.
I'm pretty careful about picking audiobooks that I think I will like, so not a real easy question to answer. But I definitely feel this is worth the investment in time and money if you have any interest in nonfiction adventure, human perseverance, or history in general.
The different personalities that the author brought to the table using little bits of details that he knew about each was very well done.
At some points you want to cry for the unbearable circumstances that these men had to deal with. An absolute testament to grit and tenacity.
I don't own the print version.
The climb and trek across the "impassable" center of Elephant Island in a race to find help and rescue the rest of the party.
Mr. Prebble did a fantastic job overall. His variations between character readings were great, and understated enough to not be jarring or comical. His voice intensity drove the dramatic parts of the story.
I was awestruck by the amount of adversity that these men overcame, and perhaps most impresssively, doing so with relative optimism. I was just significantly impressed.
An amazing story if endurance and character.
Right up there with The Boys in the Boat.