I've listened to this book twice in the last two years, first from a library copy and then I purchased it myself because it was so enjoyable. Jim Dale really makes the story come alive.
The story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica, Endurance is both the name of his ship and a fitting title to the amazing struggle the crew faced. Before listening to this fascinating book, I only knew the barest of facts about Shackleton. The book was written in the 1950's but tells the story in amazing detail, pieced together from the various crew members' diaries. And the narrator of the version I listened to, Simon Prebble, was a great asset to the story as well, using different voices for the each crew member's diary contributions. Highly recommend this one.
I've read and loved all the Herriot books since I was a kid, so when I saw this one I bought it quickly, thinking it contained some previously unpublished stories. I haven't finished the entire book yet but so far it's been entirely a rehash of the same stories from the original books. A few from one, a few from another, etc. Disappointing.
I'd read this series of books in print years ago and love them. Many people have raved about the narrator so I tried it. She's not bad, just not what I would expect Claire to sound like. But my real problem with it is just hearing all the graphic love scenes read out loud - I prefer to read it and just skim those!
I was somewhat hesitant to try a Dickens novel after being forced to read one in high school. I'm so glad I bought this one. The story is highly entertaining and the narrator does a fabulous job of all the different characters' voices. Don't be put off by the initial gloominess of the story; it picks up quickly.
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