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)
This is the most extraordinary story of human endurance I have ever read. Despite horrifying experienced and extreme hardship - these men persevered. I can't imagine our current generation enduring any thing remotely close to such an experience without a mutiny and threats of law suits and endless tales of woe!
A very worthy read - if only to appreciate how well off we really are!
While I enjoyed this book a lot, and think that the story itself and the way in which the author tells it are both fascinating - I would like to warn my fellow listeners to NOT take this book on a very long plane ride. I was crossing the Atlantic with this book as my main source of entertainment, and the parts of the story in which the author describes in depth the monotony, boredom, and stagnation of being trapped on an island or ice pack and being cramped in tiny tents/boats made the reality of my (admittedly mild) situation much worse. I am a long-legged person who is always cold, and reading this book while trapped in the economy seating of an over-airconditioned plane made me hyper-aware of how cold and cramped I felt. The author repeatedly describes how the seconds, minutes, hours, and days seemed to pass excruciatingly slowly for the poor crew of the Endurance, and this did not make my 10+ hour plane ride "fly by". Nevertheless, it was a wonderful read that I will be recommending to my friends! Just not on an airplane!
Listened to this on a long haul hike in the North Cascades. Brought me to tears mid-hike. Learned after that this was one of my grandfather's favorite reads. It was so well performed and put together I had no idea it was published so long ago. MUST must must read. Here or anywhere.
An incredible tale of perseverance and leadership in one of Earth's most inhospitable regions. The narrator's use of various accents from the UK gives the characters vibrant color against the monochromatic background of the Antarctic. Endurance stands as one of the great adventure stories from the twilight of the age of exploration.
Truly inspiring story of courage and determination. The audio book was captivating and also took some endurance to listen to such struggle! Shackleton and his crew were special.
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.
Couldn't get enough of this, blew me away; a remarkable tale of human endurance and courage.
"A most apt title, both for the ship and story!"
I wasn't familiar with the story of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, so this played out like a true fictional drama to me-I had to keep reminding myself that the experiences of the crew were all too real. A truly incredible story, the feat of insurmountable spirit and endurance shown by these 'normal' men is inspirational. Even if you are familiar with the story I am sure the details of the trials faced and overcome won't be diminished. Awesome in the truest sense and narrated wonderfully.
"2016/1916. Hundred years ago. ?"
Extraordinary journey that should be celebrated, especially this year.
It's impossible to believe that all survived due to the self belief and tenacity of one man who somehow galvanised a group of men to keep believing they would prevail.
Proper leadership. Humbling.
Terrifically read too.
Great book, I can't believe how mentally and physically tough those men were, glad I got this one.
The story was told through the memoir of a handful of the crew . There was a great combination of perspectives to give the reader the essence of the enormity of the adventures
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