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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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    Karen United States 07-29-14
    Karen United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

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    "I Will Not Whine This Winter"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, succinct, and evocative.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very good with all the voices and excellent pacing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We are all wussies now.....these were REAL men.


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    Teachermary 07-26-14
    Teachermary 07-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Spectacular Strength"

    This is a "must read" book. I have read it and listened to it several times. It's one of the great adventure/survival stories of all time.

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    Debbie Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 07-12-14
    Debbie Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 07-12-14
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    "A long story - but worth it in the end"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Ending was awesome


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When men were men!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    gadi garfinkel 05-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievable and inspirational story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MMA 05-15-14
    MMA 05-15-14
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    "Amazing story"
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    it's a true story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shackleton


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

    Don't feel so bad when it's cold!


    Any additional comments?

    was hoping there would have been more information on Sheckelton's leadership.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14
    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Confused by high rating"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam bunbury, Australia 03-12-14
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    "shackelton.. what a man. best way to fail"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

    Unsure but a great book. Shackleton carried all those men kicking and screaming. My hero. Such a cool dude.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    Finally getting out alive and not losing any men. True adventuring in a golden age. When men where real men


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration is good but the book is Amazing. You can't make this stuff up


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

    First time I heard the story fully but now I'm hooked on Antarctica.


    Any additional comments?

    Anything with Ernest shack Elton rocks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 03-11-14
    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 03-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What an incredible story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    How they survived on the ice for so long.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Incredible suits it fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe this is true, fantastic read. Looking for movie version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Torrey CANTON, NC, United States 03-10-14
    Torrey CANTON, NC, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "IT was fun to listen to."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    no this was my first.


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

    yes


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    Diana 03-08-14
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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