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)
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.
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
The reader does an excellent job - the story is truly astonishing. I so respect the resolution and strength all of the crew!
Shackleton - his leadership and reason are inspiring!
I really did listen to it at every opportunity. It kept me interested throughout the story and I found it hard to quit.
Excellent. Inspiring. Historically fascinating. A great period piece - understanding the tools they had at hand and lack of options for communication, etc. Great book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not at first, but....yes. Absolutely. It's very hard to find a good point to take a break.
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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