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)
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.
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.
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.
As good as any adventure story, but written 50 years ago.
Return to South Georgia
Description of the loss of the Endurance
There were many but possibly his return to Elephant Island to fetch the stranded crew
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.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
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.
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.
truth is more incredible than fiction with this story. This should be part of every history class.
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.
This is top of my enjoyment list along with Argo
An excellent narrative for a compelling historical event.
The overall story and performance.
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.
Many moments moved me.
An outstanding audio book.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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