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)
Great book. Turn this book into an epic movie seems like a no brainer. Great performance from Simon, as always.
An incredible story of human endurance in the face of incredible odds. an excellent, well-performed, thoroughly researched account of Shackleton's ill-fated voyage.
I've read several books about expeditions in Earth's polar regions* and this one ranks very near the top. It's a nice, tight account of Shackleton's odyssey from the icebound Endurance to Stromness Bay on South Georgia Island. The preparation of the expedition was covered as well, like Shackleton's selection of personnel -- I very much disliked Thomas Orde-Lees-- and procurement of sled dogs and food stores. There was no discernible hero worship in Lansing's book, a welcomed aspect.
The narration by Simon Prebble was top-notch. It was a fine adventure.
*If you enjoy man against nature expeditions then you might like "In the Land of White Death" by Russian explorer Valerian Albanov. It's a very different outcome but relates the same kind of challenges faced by Shackleton's crew . . . except it takes place in the Arctic where ice bears roam.
the story is almost too fantastical to believe. yet because the narrative was drawn from so many different journals and logs its authenticity is unquestioned. And the narration captures all the Nuance detail and drama. I could not turn it off
This group of courageous and tough men will go down in history as larger than life heroes. This book was a joy to listen to and it makes me proud to beling to the human race.
One of the best audiobook I've listened to. Absolutely incredible. Highly recommend. By far the best narrator. If you're after a good read, you've found it.
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