I saw the documentary many years ago and thought I would give the audio book a try. I was not disappointed. The level of details is astounding. I felt I was really there with all the men. The narrator was great. A story not to be missed.
This is a great grown up version of what good luck what bad luck. These guys make modern men look like p*ssies. Well narrated and a fantastic story. A great touchstone if you ever feel life is a bit tough.
I am certain that I will listen to this again. I found it facinating and liked the narration quite a bit.
The struggle these men went through was incredible. At times I felt like I was right there with them feeling their physical & mental sufferings. It was also enlightening to learn about some of the foibles of Shackelton himself.
My fear with books of this nature is that often they are written and read like a classroom history book. However, that was not the case here. It also did not have the feeling of a fictionalized version of their journey. The story was very real.
Entertaining and educational from beginning to end. Everyone would benefit from knowing about the stark harsh reality of the extremes of our planet, and what people have endured to explore and survive to tell about it. Amazing how man can adapt and overcome. A rewarding listen no matter what your genre. This one is worth the time.
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
The word "awe" isn't hyperbole. When I READ this book, I used a sick day so that I could keep reading. The story is that riveting. But a history lesson robs Shackleton's saga of the human angle of the story. This book brings the legend to life... and no dry textbook will bring across just how amazing the story is..
I would compare this book to "Into Thin Air" on steroids.
I was jubilant for even the tiniest victory the crew had.
This book was spectacular. Every moment I kept thinking it couldn't get any worse, and it kept on going. Every trial is more difficult than the last. The things they have to do with the lack of equipment is truly unbelievable. This book is about triumph of the will and Shackleton's will is greater than nearly anyone in history.
I definitely think this is worth a listen but I did space out from time to time in the narrative. I wish I could have edited parts and used the space to find out more at the end of the book.
All should read
All great I have listen to a lot of books this one work great with all caharcters
great book, great story, was hard to put down.
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This turned out to be one of my favorite audio books this year, primarily I think due to the quality of writing and the fact that this actually happened.
If this was only a novel, and not an historical event, I would probably have said it sounds too far-fetched and unrealistic to be credible. It is a captivating story, that tests the bounds of endurance for all involved, and keeps you wanting to know how it all ends and who (if any) survive.
The author pieced together quotes from journals, and what must have been exhaustive research, to form a briskly moving, colorful narrative.
Do yourself a favor... wait until the end of the book to do a Google search about it, unless you want to know how it ends first!
Yes. This was a can't put it down, what will happen next story.
All were pretty good
What these guys went through and the courage they showed in the face on incredible odds moved me.
Get this book!