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South | [Ernest Shackleton]

South

His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.
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His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.

Shackleton's gripping account of his incredible voyage follows him and his men across 600 miles of unstable ice floes to a barren rock called Elephant Island. It records how, with a crew of four, he crossed 850 miles of the worst seas in a 22-foot-long open boat and how, after landing on South Georgia Island, they then had to traverse over 20 miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. Shackleton recounts, too, the efforts of his support party aboard the Aurora, who in temperatures of -50 degrees and winds of 80 m.p.h. still managed to drop off supplies on the opposite side of the continent, little suspecting the fate of the Endurance and the ordeal of its crew.

An astonishing story that explores the limits of unparalleled human courage, Shackleton's South ranks among history's greatest adventures.

©1970 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Matthew San Francisco, CA, USA 10-19-04
    Matthew San Francisco, CA, USA 10-19-04
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    "Gripping, moving, brilliant story"

    I listened to this one in the car on my way to and from work each day. As the end approached, I would sit in my car and listen - I couldn't bring myself to turn off the player. I even cried, twice. I never cry.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Diane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-23-11
    Diane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Best part is by Sir Ernest"

    The first 2/3 of the book focus on Shackelton's trek. The book loses some appeal after he switches to the Ross Sea party efforts. The narrator, while wonderful in general, does a poor job of identifying either through pauses or other effects, when Shackelton is quoting from diaries.

    For readers not familiar with the story, Sir Ernest (the Boss) was one of the true leaders of the modern era. His expedition to cross Antarctica went horribly wrong, but his amazing leadership and vision brought the 27 men under his command out of the ice into safety with only minor injuries.

    His description of the events are at the same time scientific and lyrical. He is equally at home discussing the pressure ridges of the ice as he is describing the amazing sunsets and twilights.

    A great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 06-19-14
    Kevin Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 06-19-14
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    "Absolutely remarkable story"
    What did you love best about South?

    Its remarkable because its a true story. I doubt any fiction writer could think this one up. You can only stand back and admire their courage, skill and determination against all the odds.


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Howard – was your favorite?

    Shackleton who else.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall the way Shackleton genuinely cared for his men.


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    Serge oaklandUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-08-09
    Serge oaklandUS Minor Outlying Islands 11-08-09
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    "they don't make 'em like that any more"

    I was cought up in the recounting of an event that I thought couldn't get any worse, and then the book moved me to a situation going on at the same time, so much worse, time and time again. riviting. A time when men were men and hardship was a test ment to be overcome. I listened to it three times just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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    S. Gilford Sonoma County, CA USA 01-08-10
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    "A great adventure, a moderate read"

    This is one of the greatest sea adventures of all times but the combination of Shackleton's modesty in his writing and the narrator's determinably non-theatrical presentation, this book was a bit of a disappointment.

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