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Alicia

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (2419)
    Story
    (2426)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "Remarkable story marred by Prebble's histrionics"
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    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing must be experienced; a living adventure conveyed through the author's words. This engrossing book is especially vivid due to the wealth of extraordinary factual details drawn from the survivors' own records of this horrific struggle for survival.
    The problem with the recording of this fine work is Simon Prebble. He was the wrong narrator, someone like George Guidall would have made this recorded version perfect. Prebble's voice has a supercilious quality, plus a sing-song cadence from over-emphasizing every few words as if they were italicized. A work of this length based on a truly "incredible" adventure does not need his hyped-up narration. The words, so masterfully set down by the author, do not need Prebble's familiar and generic histrionics, suited to pot-boilers like those by Dick Francis.

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