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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Cold. Survival. Trapped.
That it was true.
No, he was good, but I could use a little more differentiation between voices.
It's gonna be cold.
Fantastic book, takes a bit to get going, but if you put yourself in these guys shoes, holy crap! Once it gets moving, what a tale!
My highest marks. Incredible story and fanstastic narration. I regretted having to go to sleep at times! This is something's he whole family can gather around the fireplace to listen to on a dark and wintery night. Highly recommended.
I knew virtually nothing of Shakelton nor this journey, but was absolutely riveted from start to finish. I will carry this tale of human endurance and the will to survive for longer than their journey.
Simon Prebble's performance was exceptional, capturing the author's words and the men of the Endurance's ordeal.
This is a great book to read for a reality check in today's world. The ability of what the human body and mind can endure when determined is amazing
A compelling story of human perseverance. You empathize with every set back and cheer their achievements. Simon Prebble passionately incarnates each individual. See the Kodak website for Hurley's amazing photographs.
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