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'm not much of a nautical buff so, while enjoyed learning the foreign terms, it took longer for me to follow the story and become enthralled.
It's probably a great book for seasoned "nauticalist" especially if needing a good book to pass the time while underway
The narrator is above average, I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another book read by him.
This story is almost unbelievable, but it's all so true. The will to survive is the strongest instinct in the animal world, and this book lays it out with little fluff and all substance.
Quite possibly my favorite book. I have read and re-read dozens of times over the last decade. What a pleasure to be able to listen to such an amazing story as I drive. Well done.
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