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)
Compelling, succinct, and evocative.
The tenacity and adaptability of the men in extremely adverse conditions. There wasn't anything uninteresting about the story. In fact, I wish there had been more info on the men before and after the voyage. I wanted to know more.
Very good with all the voices and excellent pacing.
We are all wussies now.....these were REAL men.
Ending was awesome
When men were men!
A hard to believe true story of true Endurance. The name of the ship sums up the never say die attitude of the men - and how they made it through a grueling 2 years of survival in a very inhospitable place. Would be interesting to know how they men fared in their later years and what the captain did after this voyage.
The story is told from the diaries the men kept - so it is very detailed - day by day events. Which sometimes got boring - and had me wishing they would fast forward through some of it - but it was worth finishing... Ending was awesome.
The book starts slow, but once you get through the first few chapters it builds momentum, and by the end of it I couldn't stop listening.
This story teaches more about willpower, optimism and leadership than any self development book could.
it's a true story
Don't feel so bad when it's cold!
was hoping there would have been more information on Sheckelton's leadership.
This book is rated high by so many but I found the narrator having no inflection which added no excitement and heightening tension at any time. The story was also bland for me with little substance compared to other historical books I've read. I usually expect a historical book to either tell a very exciting story or teach me a lot about the specific topic and this book did neither.
Unsure but a great book. Shackleton carried all those men kicking and screaming. My hero. Such a cool dude.
Finally getting out alive and not losing any men. True adventuring in a golden age. When men where real men
Narration is good but the book is Amazing. You can't make this stuff up
First time I heard the story fully but now I'm hooked on Antarctica.
Anything with Ernest shack Elton rocks
Did not read print version
How they survived on the ice for so long.
Incredible suits it fine.
Hard to believe this is true, fantastic read. Looking for movie version.
Yes if you are interested in historical stories its a great way to spend a long drive. listen to it in warm weather I felt cold listen to the description of the sleeping condition. and inspired by the under lying never give up spirit of the whole team.
Shackleton, because the story was from his perspective, and as the caption he was not giving up on his crew. it was never if we get out, just keep going until we do.
no this was my first.
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.
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