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Endurance Audiobook

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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Publisher's Summary

This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Nonfiction, Unabridged

"[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)

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    T.R. Williams Swarthmore, PA 04-26-16
    T.R. Williams Swarthmore, PA 04-26-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Oh my gosh!"

    A beautifully read book. This is the most amazing story of adventure and survival I've never read and I'm just so sad it's over. You will be simply amazed at this incredible story.

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    Molly 04-26-16
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    "Interesting Story"

    I enjoyed this book. I also got it for on sale for a dollar, so I didn't have much to loose besides time.

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    Thomas Canfield 04-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A most incredible story"

    If this were a movie script it would seem too farfetched to be true...much like The Revenant. To have brought all hands back alive after seemingly daily perils is beyond amazing

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    M-Read 04-23-16
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    "amazing ending"

    other than the middle 3rd dragging on - amazing story. worth sitting through to get to the last 3rd

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    Rebecca 04-22-16
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    "Amazing is an understatement"
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    The reader does an excellent job - the story is truly astonishing. I so respect the resolution and strength all of the crew!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shackleton - his leadership and reason are inspiring!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really did listen to it at every opportunity. It kept me interested throughout the story and I found it hard to quit.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. Inspiring. Historically fascinating. A great period piece - understanding the tools they had at hand and lack of options for communication, etc. Great book.
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    Eric Erwin 04-22-16
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    "Unbelievable yet documented history"

    I've always been fascinated by the story of Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition and have watched many documentaries on the subject but this book is far and away the most exciting and detailed telling of the story. While I give the highest recommendation to this book for those who already know the story I would have to give an even greater urging to those who don't. Addictive story, never has my 50 mile commute been more exciting.

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    Mano 04-19-16
    Mano 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story of perseverance "

    the book starts alow but once you get through the beginning then you can't wait to get to the end.

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    Amazon Customer Washington, IL, US 04-18-16
    Amazon Customer Washington, IL, US 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    Compelling story. Shackleton and his men persevered through one disaster after another. Story was narrated well and characters brought to life. Would have liked to have learned more on what happened to main characters after their rescue but perhaps that is for another day.

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    Al Maxey Warrenton, VA 04-18-16
    Al Maxey Warrenton, VA 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping, engaging, and well worth the listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't normally review books, but this one has really moved me. It started a bit slow, but I kept listening because of my maritime experience. It was a neat juxtaposition to the modern conveniences and navigation tools we used in my career. In the early 1900's, they had it rough. When things got difficult on the voyage, the book got VERY interesting. Within a couple of hours, I was completely gripped by every word.

    The story turned from an adventure, to a prison, to a day by day and hour by hour fight for survival. It combines just enough technical information with a wealth of emotion and psychology.

    The journey these men took was fascinating, mentally as well as physcially. It was a great study of leadership and positive thinking. I'm thankful that these men kept diaries. I really loved the parts in the book where there was a significant event and he gave us the entries from different mens' diaries for the same day, you can really see how it was perceived by the leader, his men, and the positive and negative thinkers in the group.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator! He does a fantastic job. I'm getting to know all of the characters, but very interested in how Shackleton is keeping morale high and handling potential mutinous situations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first, but....yes. Absolutely. It's very hard to find a good point to take a break.


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    Tony 04-15-16
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    "incredible story! Very well done and put together."

    Kept me intrigued from beginning to end. well written and well narrated! Highly recommended! Probably in the top 3 or 4 books I've ever read/ listened to!

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