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 read this book many years ago. Needless to say it is the story of a failure that ended by making heroes of all. If you can begin to picture this story in your mind, you will enjoy it in just the way you enjoy Die Hard or Mission Impossible.
What a treat. This is a truly amazing story -- one that should be told and re-told. The content of this book is superbly written. The research is phenomenal and really well organized. The performance is also exceptional -- a perfect match for the story.
Yes. It is captivating and inspirational.
The Wright Brothers. These are both engaging stories about refusing to give up.
All of them.
The loss of the dogs was very hard to hear about.
This book can make you feel like you were there, and very glad that you weren't. Totally engaging, finely written and well narrated.
One of the most amazing accounts of man versus nature that I have ever read. Lansing has done an incredible job recounting this landmark story, and Prebble puts an authentic voice to these words. I feel as though I've been through the tale "Unbroken" again, through a different lens with different people, and this time a war against nature, rather than a war against man. This story should be heard.
Felt like I was there, in the cold Antartic seas. A wonderful non-fiction story. A good buy especially when on sale.
I have never been so cold, so tired, or so hungry in my life. I taste salt and feel seasick. a great life event retold by a master.
Glad I chose to listen to this book. It is a tale of epic proportions that leaves the listener in silent awe of the human capacity to survive and persevere against all odds. Also demonstrates the importance of teamwork and close-knit group dynamics to achieve a common goal.
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