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)
Truly inspiring, excellent narration, incredible adventure.
I enjoyed the ride along as I felt hop, joy, adventure, sad, hopeless, and jubilee.
The story is very well written, and the narration does not disappoint. A truly remarkable adventure only 100 years ago.
A story about bravery and endurance beyond the scope of human imagination. The stuff heroes are made of.
Loved the story. It did an awesome job of conveying how strong these men were. It also makes one wonder if one could perform so admirably under the same conditions. Narrator was brilliant. Highly recommended!
Great book. Turn this book into an epic movie seems like a no brainer. Great performance from Simon, as always.
One of the most remarkable stories ever told. Shackleton died poor and did not achieve his aims of being the first to reach the South Pole or, later, crossing the Antarctic from coast to coast. But paradoxically he is one of the most remarkable men in history.
Shackleton and his small band of sailors defied staggering odds to reach safety after their ship was crushed by pack ice but they needed huge amounts of leadership, skill, courage and luck.
The grandeur of the sea and ice through which they pass and their dreadful privations call for a narrator of restraint and gravitas, and that's exactly what listeners get with Simon Prebble.
A monumental story, beautifully narrated.
An incredible story of human endurance in the face of incredible odds. an excellent, well-performed, thoroughly researched account of Shackleton's ill-fated voyage.
I've read several books about expeditions in Earth's polar regions* and this one ranks very near the top. It's a nice, tight account of Shackleton's odyssey from the icebound Endurance to Stromness Bay on South Georgia Island. The preparation of the expedition was covered as well, like Shackleton's selection of personnel -- I very much disliked Thomas Orde-Lees-- and procurement of sled dogs and food stores. There was no discernible hero worship in Lansing's book, a welcomed aspect.
The narration by Simon Prebble was top-notch. It was a fine adventure.
*If you enjoy man against nature expeditions then you might like "In the Land of White Death" by Russian explorer Valerian Albanov. It's a very different outcome but relates the same kind of challenges faced by Shackleton's crew . . . except it takes place in the Arctic where ice bears roam.
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.
"A magnificent piece of writing and narration"
Certainly one of the best books/audio books i've ever read.
The narration is one of the best i've ever heard and seems so well suited to the subject matter.
"Absolutely epic adventure story"
I was completely enthralled by the true story of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic exploration. The stunning bravery and skill of the crew of the Endurance as their ship is crushed by pack ice and they are forced out on to the ice to pit themselves against blizzards, starvation, murderous seals and paralysing cold is mind-boggling! Fantastic descriptions of the Cape Horn rollers for example - the biggest waves on the planet as they sweep one hundred feet high across the sea. Lots and lots of detail from the diaries kept by the men - an activity which they somehow managed to maintain throughout the whole ordeal. A terrific antidote to the petty stresses of our lives exactly one hundred years later! Recommended read for everyone.
"An astonishing story, masterfully told"
I got to the end and started again. The highest prise I can give it.
This book is thoroughly gripping and read well. It recounts Shackleton's adventures in a dramatic way that keeps you wanting more. One of my top 5 audio listens.
Gripping from end to end. A real life example of exemplary leadership. I sat in my car despite arriving at my destination just to hear the epilogue. I would highly recommend this audio book.
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