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.
Lansing describes how the men survived a 1,000-mile voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean on the globe and an overland trek through forbidding glaciers and mountains. The book recounts a harrowing adventure, but ultimately it is the nobility of these men and their indefatigable will that shines through.
©1959 Alfred Lansing; (P)2007 Blackstone Audo, Inc.
"[O]ne of the most extraordinary tales of heroism and determination in the history of exploration....Prebble's narration will bring to life the despair, elation, and sheer will of these men to survive, and to triumph, together." (AudioFile)
I found myself unable to stop listening often while enjoying this book. Quite frankly I started it because I had owned it for so long and just never felt in the mood to read it. I felt like I "should" read it. But I ended up enjoying it very much. It is mind boggling what a leader can accomplish with the right group. I wonder if I am of the same species as these humans who traveled across Antartica. Truly inspiring read.
A story of true endurance and survival. Amazingly written and well read. I highly recommend this great book for your library.
The book was superbly written, engaging, and suspenseful. I usually listen to Audible books at 2x speed on my Ipod, but not this one. The narration was excellent and the story pulled me in.
The indomitable spirit of Shackleton and his crew. Truly one of the most incredible stories of survival.
The sailing journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island where Shackleton and his small crew fought horrific seas, dwindling supplies, hurricane force winds, and extreme cold to overcome insurmountable odds and land on the tiny island in the south Atlantic.
At the end of the book, after Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean are attempting to cross South Georgia Island on foot to reach the whaling camp on the other side - they had been turned back time and again by the terrain but finally made it to the camp after 36 hours of ice hiking and meet the astonished whaling camp foreman.
I was engulfed in this book. The writing was excellent. The tempo was perfect and the story was nothing short of incredible. It was the story of amazing men in an amazing time.
This is an amazing story about how almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Unfortunately that turns into a repetitive story line of attempt and disaster, attempt and disaster, etc.
I loved this book and can't believe that it has been around since the 1950s and I had never heard of it. It has everything a great audiobook should have--an epic story and a wonderful narrator. I couldn't imagine when I started the book how exciting it would be. I expected a rather dry, scientific tome with lots of snow and ice and cold, but it was anything but (well, there was a lot of snow and ice but the cold didn't seem to bother them as much as it would bother me).
As Shackleton and his troop try to get back to civilization after being stranded on a expedition to the South Pole, they faced seemingly impossible odds. Just when I would think that things couldn't get any worse, they would. I would catch myself saying out loud in my car, "Oh my God!" and a few minutes later, "Oh my God!" And yet despite each setback, they soldiered on. If you're looking for one audiobook to get with your next credit, this should be it.
I am always learning and looking for new ways to grow as a person.
this was a great read, I am thankful for the audible app, this allowed me to listen at double speed and still enjoy this book.
Every part of this book amazes. The audio narration is phenomenal. The story itself is beyond inspiring. I found myself recounting every last detail to my husband in complete awe of what these men went through. Leadership, hardship, failure, true grit, facing death at every turn, with lessons that anyone can appreciate today in our warm cozy homes. If you think Navy SEALS have to endure and be tested and triumph, you have only to read this book to know where they may have gotten their inspiration. Must read and must pass on!
This is a great account of a journey that would not be able to find a place in fiction because it would stretch credulity too far. The story of Shackleton's ill fated expedition is well known but even knowing the ending did not make this account any less gripping - it is rather like a pre-space age Apollo 13!
The reading is first rate and the reader draws out the personalities and underplays the performance to good effect. The events are dramatic enough on their own.
"An amazing story, wonderfully told"
I thought that this audio book may be a little bit dry , maybe a bit too detailed without much emotion or human interest. I was wrong !
To me , there was a perfect balance between stark facts and personal stories to draw you into the narrative. I could never wait for the next opportunity to find out what had become of that party of men, stranded in the Antarctic.
Though I knew a very little about Shackleton himself, I was almost completely unfamiliar with the details of this episode previously. However, the situation, the environment and the individuals involved were all brought rapidly to life .
I feel that anyone with the slightest interest in this type of story will be delighted with this purchase. Personally, I enjoyed it so much, I will be listening to it again very soon. . .
It had me completely hooked from the moment they set off and i often found myself looking for any opportunity to put my earphones in.
Simon Prebble does a great job of narrating this book, adding drama to the many tense moments throughout, the majority of which i found myself holding my breath through until the ordeal was over.
Of course, as well written and narrated as it is, the story is made by the feats of endurance of the men and the incredible adventure they find themselves on.
"Endurance is a very apt title"
The ship and the men who sailed in her can certainly be given this epitaph. A superb read on how man can overcome even the harshest environments. Every minute of this book was an enjoyable read,only slightly let down by the sudden end. It would be good to have know what became of the men who survived this incredible journey
What a story. Brave, foolhardy, or plain
irresponsible, whatever your opinion after reading
this you will wonder how they did it. The reader
caught the right level of authority and awe. I just
couldn't put it down.
Adventure, gripping, humble
Not sure. It's one of the first greatest polar adventures.
The way he tells the story brings an air of winter magic to it.
No but it is inspirational and easy to warm and love the characters.
Goodness! I lived each moment of this story with them, willing them on, desperate for their survival! Great book!
"One of my favourite audiobooks"
A thrilling adventure as well as a piece of history, it's very well written and very well read. Simon Prebble's voice is faultless, easy to listen to, and he does the men's various accents with subtlety.
When I finished Touching The Void I immediately wanted to know more about the story. It's the same with this one: I was so immersed that it's hard to leave it behind.
"Best account of this expedition"
its a great audiobook. Well worth listening to.
Not particularly but it's such a fascinating true story I was engaged throughout.
This novel is special in that the author interviewed many of the survivors and had access to their personal diaries. It is a unique account.
"Brilliantly written and read."
This was far better than I had expected. An amazing story beautifully written and superbly read. One I know I shall listen to again in the future. The fact it's s true story makes it all the more compelling. Highly recommended
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