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)
A great story of the will to survive and to take all your shipmates with you. Shackleton was a superman in many ways, not a soul was lost. The hardships were unbelievable and more numerous than can be counted and yet they all survived!
An incredible journey that should not be missed.
Narrator is spot on with a very David Attenbourgh kind of presence. Accents done well also.
Obviously the story is old, but it has aged very well with our technology that makes this tale seem all the more amazing.
Hold on to your hat when you listen to this book! After a somewhat slow start, the action picks up and you hold your breath to the end. I was fully mesmerized with the thrilling story of Shackleton and his crew - they faced long odds of survival and danger at every turn. The performance was compelling and I almost felt every icy blast of water, every gust of wind
An excellent story of human accomplishment, especially in failure. Also, good narration. Australian, Scottish, and other accents were performed very well and added to the feel of the story.
Endurance brings to life quite possibly the most amazing story of adventure and survival ever told. We follow Shackleton and his crew on an expedition gone wrong, and the story has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of adventure.
This was one of the most incredible stories I have ever listened to! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who listens to audiobooks or reads. I was riveted from the start. The narrator did a great job and was so pleasant to listen to. If you enjoy this book, I'm sure you will also love the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, titled, "Undaunted Courage ", the approx. 10 hour version.
As I indicated, this book describes well the boredom the crew shared, followed by moments of sheet action and fear. The personality of the crew comes through and most of them become intimately familiar to you as though they were old friends. This is truly an epic tale and one that, to this day, is almost unbelievable. If you too can endure, you will be well rewarded.
By far the most epic read I have read in regards to surviving the elements of nature. Most survival stories deal with much warmer conditions. This group endured so much time and time again. I am amazed and glad that this was a story that was able to be told. Their story moved me and inspired me. Further, I felt the narrator did a fantastic job. A great read/listen worthy of five stars.
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