Wow! How much can one man endure? Find out by reading this story. I love survival stories and have read many, including Unbroken (which I loved). The absolute solitude that Jan endured in this book is more than I think I could. A modern rewrite and performance of this story would bring it up a star I think.
Haven't read the print.
Using the wasp nest for a weapon.
Defiance of defeat and death.
In my view this is a book for youths. I am really surprised at its reviews. There is definitely an intensity missing for the adult reader.
Never read the print.
The author researched well and I enjoyed the flow of information.
I don't remember but he does a great job.
When Nicolae Ceaușescu showed absolutely no remorse when confronted with his crimes.
No. Too slow moving.
Taken out the sexual references.
I get weary of choosing classic/highly rated books only to stop after less than an hour because of bad language or content.
A decent narrator!
The survival element.
His describes a lengthy fantasy/dream at one point. Made me wonder if he was "all there."
One of the worst books I've purchased with a credit. Terrible narrator. He has a STRONG Midwestern type accent, sounds nerdy, and talks way to fast, (this is the only audible book I've listened to where I had to run my iPod in slow mode.)
The book itself is poorly written. Overly dramatic. One gets the impression that the subject is reveling in recounting his adventures and that he actually enjoyed every minute of them.
Terrible, terrible, terrible!
Among the top 10.
Adolph Hitler. I enjoy his breakdown toward the end of the war and ultimate suicide. A taste of the suffering he put so many through.
Hitler's tirade upon meeting with his generals for one of the last times.
No. One can get a little bogged down in a couple of places with all the war details.
Not really. I would have much rather enjoyed another more captivating book.
The narrator sounds like a dad scolding his 10 year old son up in the bedroom. The tone could be expressed by the phrase " How many times have I told you not to etc., etc, etc, "
I appreciate the research put into Desperate Passage but it could have been written in a more concise manner, and certainly could have had a better narrator.
Never read the print version.
River of doubt. Grueling, "Inch by inch" journeys. Amazing survival stories.
The sea leopard chasing one of the men across the ice.
No, it is intense and can wear you out after a while.
Amazing how the sequence of book listening can effect your perception. I just finished "Black Hawk Down". Both of these books were survival stories but the author of BHD SQUEEZED every ounce of emotion out of the characters, whereas I feel Alfred Lansing did NOT exploit these same emotional characteristics. The men of the Endurance almost seemed indifferent at times. I think depression was only mentioned once. Also I believe God was only mentioned once and prayer none at all ( If I remember correctly). SURELY, facing death as they did several times would cause introspection and supplication to ANY BEING that could possibly help! Makes me wonder if Lansing was an agnostic?
Haven't read the print edition.
Hiding place. Confinement in a Nazi death camp and final release.
Just his European accent.
Much pity for the Jews at that time.
Few have their faith in God tested as Elie did.
Haven't read the print version but don't see how it could be better.
Feeling "with" the soldiers as they were under attack.
A masculine, military-like voice.
Yes, anger at politics in war. Disconnect between those on the ground and those in D.C.
One can mention prostitution without naming each particular sex act and position, and one can write a book on war without using a MULTITUDE of F----k's and blasphemies.
No. I don't have any friends that would be interested in whaling.
I guess I haven't learned my lesson. Some "classic" books are very slooooow moving and filled with excessive detail.
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