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 cannot believe the abilities of explorers in the earlier centuries. I cannot imagine enduring one night of their best day!
Well told depiction of these men's lives, duties, experiences and trauma. I was cold listening to their daily trials in below freezing temps! Definitely going to do more research on the expedition!!
road show junkie
Yes, we all heard of Shackleton's expedition, but listening to the harrowing details of these amazingly resiliant men in their enduring 18 months trial kept me unwilling to break away. Tradition dictates that the hero dies, but these men - all heroes in their own right - are survivors who allowed us to vicariously & safely experience their journey. Outstanding!
Lost in the most hostile environment on earth with no radio or modern tools, 28 men must rescue themselves. How many of us would survive such a journey? The performance is excellent, with appropriate voices and accents assigned to all the characters.
This is absolutely an amazing story. By the end of the book I found myself feeling very emotional for these people and the agony of the experiences they suffered through. What a testament to the drive to survive.
He brings such emotion to the book and yet you don't realize it because he's not overdramatic in his reading. This book has very little dialogue but it didn't matter. What the reader brought to this story made it come to life. I loved hearing him read this book.
When Shackleton introduced himself to the guy who thought him and his crew had died and that the man turned away and started to cry. Oh, I'm getting teary eyed thinking about it
Nature can be a harsh mistress and what these men went through I would not wish on anyone. They were truly underdogs as you can't battle the elements. You just have to survive the best way you can. This book makes you want to cry but also makes you want to cheer. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
What these men did staggers the imagination, given the time they did it and the utter lack of anything but the most basic supplies and tools, I truly believe Navy seals couldn't have survived this prolonged nightmare of survival against nature at her most brutal, the physical and mental tenacity to survive as these men did is unheard of today. I'll be listening to this book again, it's almost too much for your mind to accept and yet it's a completely true and well documented story, just incredibly!
Through almost impossible challenges following each other, the Imperial Antarctic Expedition led by Earnest Shackleton makes it way through ice, rough seas, storms and mountains. It's a suspense story that really happened and full of twists and turns that will keep you by the edge of your seat. Highly recommended for anyone interested in what human beings can achieve when they stubbornly refuse to give up.
I probably would not recommend this book. Although I liked it, it dragged on at times.
I loved they way the author was able to describe the surroundings. It was like I was there.
Most of the book was great, just some areas dragged.
I like them all.
There were several characters, but most probably the Captain.
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.
"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
I cannot believe this is not mandatory in schools. I had heard the name Shackleton and understood he was an explorer but this book is an outstanding tale of human capacity and leadership. I'm sure I will listen to it over and over
absolutely enthralling from start to finish, you grow so close to this small band of men, you are brought to tears at their every anguish, and joy at every victory.
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