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 love the determination and teamwork of the crew. How they managed to survive is beyond me. This audio book has great narration and the story of these men is inspiring.
Yes. It is hard to put down.
This is worth reading. It was well-written with statements from the actual logs kept by the participants. It is truly a fascinating tale of survival.
The recounting of Shackleton's voyage is a truly remarkable encounter and testament to the man he was, what it means to be a leader, a person of commitment and of your word, to become One as a Team of relentless endurance on a mission with purpose.
Everyone should read this book, from those looking to be inspired and fascinated by an impossible vision/dream but most especially those who feel lost and perhaps overcome and ready to give up their pursuit...
I chose to dive in because it was something that struck me as an amazing adventure that simply had to be read about, given the era, the impossible challenge and the resources/gear available then.
Its devastating and unbelievable almost unbearable what these men went thru and the detail at which they are recounted is delicate and beautiful and brings to life a time so far removed from now.
... it will grab hold of you, surprise you and at times you will have to tear yourself away for a while, take a respite, but you will come back because you must see them through to the end.
Thrilling, gripping, impossible yet completely true.
Easily one of the greatest survival and adventure stories of the modern world.
Write it as fiction and try to sell it to Hollywood and they would laugh you out of the building ... "nobody is going to believe this !"
The men of the Endurance literally (and yes, I mean "literally", in the old-fashioned use of the word, as in exactly, precisely) faced death from an array of possibilities virtually every day for over 18-months yet they not only survived but triumphed by virtue of their faith in their leader and in one another.
Just an extraordinary story made all the more enjoyable by narration that I think fits the tenor of the story perfectly.
Simon Prebble really delivers an excellent, pitch perfect performance.
I loved this book.
listening to the bravery and resilience of these men is almost painful. it's a beautiful story and so glad they survived. also...i nearly cried each time they killed the dogs.
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