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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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    Diana 03-08-14
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    "Surprisingly gripping"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    Even though it was a true story written 50 years ago, I still felt eager to find out what happened. How the crew overcame the horrible conditions those 2years they were at sea. More impressed that this was not a recent story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the crew. I felt all of their journals together portrayed the plight of a crew member on such an expedition. Their struggles, e.g. boredom, hunger are different than Shakleton who likely feels more pressure and responsibility.


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

    no


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

    Felt very frustrated by how long they struggled to reach land; how difficult it was to survive. I am sure they felt the same frustration and despair at times. Very well written.


    Any additional comments?

    As good as any adventure story, but written 50 years ago.

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    Peter Randburg, South Africa 03-05-14
    Peter Randburg, South Africa 03-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliantly read - couldnt wait to listen more"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    Return to South Georgia


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description of the loss of the Endurance


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

    There were many but possibly his return to Elephant Island to fetch the stranded crew


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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 03-01-14
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Hippie Gal

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    "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage"

    The was an excellent listen all around. The narrator did an excellent job, the story was great. It was hard to stop listening to this one. Highly recommended.

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    Robert Placentia CA, United States 02-20-14
    Robert Placentia CA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

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    "Hope tells a flattering tale."

    Wonderful book! After the ending, I wanted to hear 50+ hours about the boss and the crew after they were rescued. What was it like when they got home, felt grass, took a warm bath? Then I thought they were just men, and mostly flawed. Their future was somewhat ordinary I am learning. But the adventure, wow!!!! I strongly recommend this book.

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    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-03-14
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    Not the type of book I normally listen to but bought it based on the number of excellent reviews it received. So glad I did, I couldn't stop reading it. Buy it, you won't be sorry.

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    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 12-21-13
    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 12-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "incredible story, perfect performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    truth is more incredible than fiction with this story. This should be part of every history class.


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

    I listened to the bulk of this while sitting 6 hours in an emergency waiting room with a sliver in my eye. As painful as my experience was, this story was spellbinding and made me feel I should never complain about anything ever again and should be able to pull the sliver myself with a spoon made of rock.


    Any additional comments?

    This is top of my enjoyment list along with Argo

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    George 12-18-13
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    "Outstanding, unbelievable tale of human endurance"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    An excellent narrative for a compelling historical event.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall story and performance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Shackleton gave the order for him and his two companions to slide down the snow mountain, even though he had no idea what they would encounter as they went down. He simply knew that if they continued their slow pace, or stayed where they were, they would perish from the cold. And consequently, so would all the other team members who were depending on them to get through.


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

    Many moments moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    An outstanding audio book.

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 12-17-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 12-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "This is BRAVERY! Amazing Story, Amazing Men"

    Wow! Every so often I take a break from fiction and read a book of history and I am so glad I read this one! "Endurance" is truly a great story ... a riveting account of men who endured the most arduous series of hardships at sea you could ever imagine. This is circa 1914-1916 when ripstop and wicking fabrics and cold-rated sleeping bags and ice breaking ships didn't exist. It is true that their hardships resulted from numerous ill-fated decisions, but the mere fact that Shackleton and his men survived is incredible.Simon Prebble's performance of the story is top notch.

    A great book for anyone interested in historical events!

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    Rusty Houston, TX, United States 12-13-13
    Rusty Houston, TX, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A truly incredible voyage"

    The greatest minds of fiction could not have created a better story. I bought the book as a filler non-fiction title to feed my history curiosities, but this title quickly pushed my other titles aside.

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    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 12-12-13
    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "OUTSTANDING BOOK, STRONGLY RECOMMEND."
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    So well written, so well read. The story is true and you can picture everything Simon Prebble reads in vivid detail as Simon switches accents and paints the picture with exactly the right tone. The writer is superb. This book so perfectly done, I'm having a hard time describing it.


    What other book might you compare Endurance to and why?

    None off hand. It's better then fiction because it's a true story and that is a knock out punch to the vast majority of contenders.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The writer laid out the characters so well, Simon could easily communicate their personalities and breath life into them with his amazing talent, it made the book a magnet. I felt drawn in, wanted to take every word in as I found it so fascination.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was moved by the details of these men and their absolute and stunning resolution. You learn not only that a positive mind and cohesive unit can over come the darkest of things, but also how easy life is for us now.


    Any additional comments?

    I bothered to write this review because I wanted to be sure to share some enthusiasm with you, the one interested to know if its worth buying. I must elect to say yes, I am hard pressed to like a book and this is one of my top 5 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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