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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | [Alfred Lansing]

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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.
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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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    jcnc 02-20-15
    jcnc 02-20-15
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    "The title says it all - Incredible Voyage"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    The book was superbly written, engaging, and suspenseful. I usually listen to Audible books at 2x speed on my Ipod, but not this one. The narration was excellent and the story pulled me in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The indomitable spirit of Shackleton and his crew. Truly one of the most incredible stories of survival.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sailing journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island where Shackleton and his small crew fought horrific seas, dwindling supplies, hurricane force winds, and extreme cold to overcome insurmountable odds and land on the tiny island in the south Atlantic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end of the book, after Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean are attempting to cross South Georgia Island on foot to reach the whaling camp on the other side - they had been turned back time and again by the terrain but finally made it to the camp after 36 hours of ice hiking and meet the astonished whaling camp foreman.


    Any additional comments?

    I was engulfed in this book. The writing was excellent. The tempo was perfect and the story was nothing short of incredible. It was the story of amazing men in an amazing time.

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    Aaron Gray Atlanta, GA 02-17-15
    Aaron Gray Atlanta, GA 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story...just boring"

    Took me a while to get through it. Amazing story because it's true but read a bit like a history textbook.

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    religionprof NY, USA 02-15-15
    religionprof NY, USA 02-15-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing but repetitive"

    This is an amazing story about how almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Unfortunately that turns into a repetitive story line of attempt and disaster, attempt and disaster, etc.

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    Stephanie SPRING, TX, United States 02-11-15
    Stephanie SPRING, TX, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"

    I loved this book and can't believe that it has been around since the 1950s and I had never heard of it. It has everything a great audiobook should have--an epic story and a wonderful narrator. I couldn't imagine when I started the book how exciting it would be. I expected a rather dry, scientific tome with lots of snow and ice and cold, but it was anything but (well, there was a lot of snow and ice but the cold didn't seem to bother them as much as it would bother me).

    As Shackleton and his troop try to get back to civilization after being stranded on a expedition to the South Pole, they faced seemingly impossible odds. Just when I would think that things couldn't get any worse, they would. I would catch myself saying out loud in my car, "Oh my God!" and a few minutes later, "Oh my God!" And yet despite each setback, they soldiered on. If you're looking for one audiobook to get with your next credit, this should be it.

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    jeromy rantoul, IL, United States 02-08-15
    jeromy rantoul, IL, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2014

    I am always learning and looking for new ways to grow as a person.

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    "a thrilling story amazingly told"

    this was a great read, I am thankful for the audible app, this allowed me to listen at double speed and still enjoy this book.

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    Leslie Crawford 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding"

    Every part of this book amazes. The audio narration is phenomenal. The story itself is beyond inspiring. I found myself recounting every last detail to my husband in complete awe of what these men went through. Leadership, hardship, failure, true grit, facing death at every turn, with lessons that anyone can appreciate today in our warm cozy homes. If you think Navy SEALS have to endure and be tested and triumph, you have only to read this book to know where they may have gotten their inspiration. Must read and must pass on!

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    "Great book!"

    Men were different then. This is a great account of what the human body can endure, hence the name of the book.

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    "If you are a Credit Miser, this is not for you."
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    It is an amazing story! Fantastically told. And to make it even more mind blowing is the face that it is a TRUE story. You can Google pictures of the Endurance in Antarctica and see exactly what these amazing men saw.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Credit Miser, this book is not for you. I could not stop listening. I listen while I commute, however I could not stop listening to this one when I got home. Finished this book in two days. The story keeps you riveted right from the start. If you like true stories of people overcoming hardships, trials and beating the odds, you will love the story of Endurance.

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    Kevin 02-05-15
    Kevin 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The will of men"

    Inspirational. Makes me want to sail to South Georgia to visit Shackleton and Wild to pay respects.

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    Lance Q. Homer South Jordan, UT United States 01-30-15
    Lance Q. Homer South Jordan, UT United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Most Inspiring Story!"

    This was an incredibly interesting and inspiring book. You will find yourself in amazement at what these men endured. It truly puts ones current trials in life in perspective.

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