I read this book long ago, but to rean and hear it is even better. The narration to me made these adventurers trials and tribulations come to life. These were men of great courage and resolve with nary a dissenter in the ranks. Their positive attitude even in the most dire situation is an example to today's negative viewpoint on life. Many can learn and see how others conquer adversity in the one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
The story of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the most inspiring tales of human endeavour and leadership that can be found. I have read books on this subject many times and I was deeply impressed with Simon Prebble's narration. A "must listen"!
Great Story, on a great man.
Any fiction story who would try to match it would be so unreliable.
What a great story. This book is worth the money. I find it quite interesting that this happened almost 100 years ago. The true depth of human character and willpower is displayed throughout this book. I wonder if we still have that kind of heart in today's society.
A re-telling of a true story that reads more like a novel. You gain incredible respect for the survival skills of pre-techno man. Although the book is 50 years old, you have no sense of it being dated while listening to it and after the telling, you hit Wiki to learn more. Highly recommend.
This is an amazing tale of survival. It is riveting and, at points, agonizing. What's amazing is that it's a work of non-fiction. Truth is more fascinating than fiction at times because as Mark Twain is quoted as saying, unlike fiction, truth doesn't have to stick with what's possible.
One interesting aspect of this story is how Shackleton, who the author calls a probable egomaniac and who we might say had a serous dose of narcissistic personality disorder, really cared about his men. Maybe he did so for selfish reasons, but I'd prefer to think he did so for the right reasons.
Also interesting was how many of these gents were early proponents of relentlessly positive thinking. I have my doubts about this approach, but there's no doubt that it helped these men do as well as they did.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
"Endurance" is a true survival story about Shackleton and his crew being shipwreck by a iceberg and being lost in the sea for almost two years. This is one of the best stories that I've heard because it really happened. Just imagine being on a broken ship without a radio and just floating with the current for months.
The crew was totally lost in the ocean. It was like the blind leading the blind. Their only hope was their captain trying to navigate without any direction in 1914. It's a remarkable story that you cannot forget. I'm really glad this was a true story and they all got rescued at the end.
If it was a fictional tale by an author, typing away behind a desk, the reviews for this book would been very different. What truly amazing is the diaries from all of the crew for the author to write this book.
I now understand the punchlines of Shackleton jokes.
I enjoyed this book, but it took me a bit. I only say that because I found "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong to be more engrossing.
This is a very comprehensive account of the expedition ("Shipwreck" is more cinematic and prosaic, where this book is more of a documentary), and it was great to get more in depth with the true tale of an incredible expedition.
My only criticism is that the book is a bit on the dry side (which, as a historical account, can be expected to some extent), but the narration was wonderful and managed to really pull me in in spite of the text itself.
I cannot conceive of a more perfect voice for the narration of this book and the performance was absolutely captivating. Thank you for the privilege of having such an incredible story, read to me by such a skillful performer. Fantastic!
I found myself so immersed in this audiobook that my family had to endure my exhibiting the following behaviors:
- pacing the room
- crying out "Nooooo!"
- sitting in my car in the driveway, in the dark, alone, listening to the end of chapters
- giggling with joy and relief
- crying out "Nooooo!" again
This is the new king of my now extensive audiobook collection. I wish I could completely forget the story, so I could listen to it anew - all over again!
Endurance was the name of their ship and soon became their only path to survival, but this is not an audiobook you will have to endure, it is an immersive masterpiece.
After watching a documentary on the Endurance, I had to read the book. I purchased it for my kindle and added this audible edition. Simon Prebble does a fine reading (as always). It took so many miracles for all of these men to survive the treacherous conditions of Antarctica. A thrilling and chilling survival story.