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)
I've always been fascinated by the story of Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition and have watched many documentaries on the subject but this book is far and away the most exciting and detailed telling of the story. While I give the highest recommendation to this book for those who already know the story I would have to give an even greater urging to those who don't. Addictive story, never has my 50 mile commute been more exciting.
Compelling story. Shackleton and his men persevered through one disaster after another. Story was narrated well and characters brought to life. Would have liked to have learned more on what happened to main characters after their rescue but perhaps that is for another day.
I don't normally review books, but this one has really moved me. It started a bit slow, but I kept listening because of my maritime experience. It was a neat juxtaposition to the modern conveniences and navigation tools we used in my career. In the early 1900's, they had it rough. When things got difficult on the voyage, the book got VERY interesting. Within a couple of hours, I was completely gripped by every word.
The story turned from an adventure, to a prison, to a day by day and hour by hour fight for survival. It combines just enough technical information with a wealth of emotion and psychology.
The journey these men took was fascinating, mentally as well as physcially. It was a great study of leadership and positive thinking. I'm thankful that these men kept diaries. I really loved the parts in the book where there was a significant event and he gave us the entries from different mens' diaries for the same day, you can really see how it was perceived by the leader, his men, and the positive and negative thinkers in the group.
The narrator! He does a fantastic job. I'm getting to know all of the characters, but very interested in how Shackleton is keeping morale high and handling potential mutinous situations.
Not at first, but....yes. Absolutely. It's very hard to find a good point to take a break.
Kept me intrigued from beginning to end. well written and well narrated! Highly recommended! Probably in the top 3 or 4 books I've ever read/ listened to!
Impossible to imagine living through such an experience. It will make you grateful for everything you have. I kept asking myself, "Could I have endured such deprivations?"
I hadn't realized his book was published in the '50s. Great pace and storytelling. Hearing quotes from everyone's diary gave this an added sense of realism.
I found the delivery a bit slow; speeding up the recording made it perfect. Especially helpful when I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!
I'm just an engineer who solves problems
Legendary; Leadership & Strategy
Shackleton led by example. He never asked anyone to do work he wouldn’t do himself.
Even before Shackleton lost his ship, he was tolerant of his men’s quirks, and learned to
take advantage of them. For instance, Thomas Orde-Lees, one of Endurance’s difficult
personalities, was a compulsive hoarder, going so far as to grab other men’s belongings.
Shackleton put Orde-Lees in charge of the ship’s supplies. Some grumbled about this, but
Orde-Lees thrived in the position. When Orde-Lees was later bedridden with sciatica,
Shackleton invited him into his cabin to convalesce.
I've read other books about this voyage and watched movies about it so I knew the outcome, yet I still found this book riveting. The book goes into far more detail than other books about what happened day to day during the men's ordeals, which far from being boring, gives you the feeling that you are there experiencing it with them. And it helps you to understand how difficult the experience must have been and what fortitude it took to endure it. The narrative and the narrator are so excellent that I felt on the "edge of my seat" in anticipation, despite knowing how things would work out in the end. It wasn't until hearing this book that I truly appreciated how incredible this voyage was, since this book goes into such great detail of what happened day to day.
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