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)
The reading is exquisite, the story timeless and told with great fondness, admiration and respect of this perilous voyage and its men. Riveting. Well-researched account of true endurance. Loved it.
I'm pretty careful about picking audiobooks that I think I will like, so not a real easy question to answer. But I definitely feel this is worth the investment in time and money if you have any interest in nonfiction adventure, human perseverance, or history in general.
The different personalities that the author brought to the table using little bits of details that he knew about each was very well done.
At some points you want to cry for the unbearable circumstances that these men had to deal with. An absolute testament to grit and tenacity.
I don't own the print version.
The climb and trek across the "impassable" center of Elephant Island in a race to find help and rescue the rest of the party.
Mr. Prebble did a fantastic job overall. His variations between character readings were great, and understated enough to not be jarring or comical. His voice intensity drove the dramatic parts of the story.
I was awestruck by the amount of adversity that these men overcame, and perhaps most impresssively, doing so with relative optimism. I was just significantly impressed.
An amazing story if endurance and character.
Right up there with The Boys in the Boat.
The narrator was incredible. He added slight brogues and accents to differentiate the men. Just the right amount...
The story is unbelievable. Truly amazing.
I would recommend this audio book to anyone who likes good books. I think it is appropriate for kids over 10 and grannies under 110.
I rarely write reviews, but I cannot recommend this audio book enough.
this was a great book. It was a little hard to get into but definitely rewarding at the end. Such perseverance and faith. Shackleton is and inspiration.
My first audiobook. I listen to it at work, and near the end I had to take a break because I was getting too worked up. An incredible story. Shackleton is the boss.
Warm, vivid, empathetic and stirring writing. A great adventure story. And wonderful narration. Listening to this book helped me remember the stories I love and want to live. The characters are relatable, and all the more so with Prebble's voices and spot-on performance. Doesn't feel like an "old" book at all, though written decades ago. It's elegant and suspenseful and just well-wrought all around, I think.
A beautifully read book. This is the most amazing story of adventure and survival I've never read and I'm just so sad it's over. You will be simply amazed at this incredible story.
This is a great account of a journey that would not be able to find a place in fiction because it would stretch credulity too far. The story of Shackleton's ill fated expedition is well known but even knowing the ending did not make this account any less gripping - it is rather like a pre-space age Apollo 13!
The reading is first rate and the reader draws out the personalities and underplays the performance to good effect. The events are dramatic enough on their own.
"An amazing story, wonderfully told"
I thought that this audio book may be a little bit dry , maybe a bit too detailed without much emotion or human interest. I was wrong !
To me , there was a perfect balance between stark facts and personal stories to draw you into the narrative. I could never wait for the next opportunity to find out what had become of that party of men, stranded in the Antarctic.
Though I knew a very little about Shackleton himself, I was almost completely unfamiliar with the details of this episode previously. However, the situation, the environment and the individuals involved were all brought rapidly to life .
I feel that anyone with the slightest interest in this type of story will be delighted with this purchase. Personally, I enjoyed it so much, I will be listening to it again very soon. . .
It had me completely hooked from the moment they set off and i often found myself looking for any opportunity to put my earphones in.
Simon Prebble does a great job of narrating this book, adding drama to the many tense moments throughout, the majority of which i found myself holding my breath through until the ordeal was over.
Of course, as well written and narrated as it is, the story is made by the feats of endurance of the men and the incredible adventure they find themselves on.
"Endurance is a very apt title"
The ship and the men who sailed in her can certainly be given this epitaph. A superb read on how man can overcome even the harshest environments. Every minute of this book was an enjoyable read,only slightly let down by the sudden end. It would be good to have know what became of the men who survived this incredible journey
What a story. Brave, foolhardy, or plain
irresponsible, whatever your opinion after reading
this you will wonder how they did it. The reader
caught the right level of authority and awe. I just
couldn't put it down.
"2016/1916. Hundred years ago. ?"
Extraordinary journey that should be celebrated, especially this year.
It's impossible to believe that all survived due to the self belief and tenacity of one man who somehow galvanised a group of men to keep believing they would prevail.
Proper leadership. Humbling.
Terrifically read too.
Great book, I can't believe how mentally and physically tough those men were, glad I got this one.
The story was told through the memoir of a handful of the crew . There was a great combination of perspectives to give the reader the essence of the enormity of the adventures
I cannot believe this is not mandatory in schools. I had heard the name Shackleton and understood he was an explorer but this book is an outstanding tale of human capacity and leadership. I'm sure I will listen to it over and over
absolutely enthralling from start to finish, you grow so close to this small band of men, you are brought to tears at their every anguish, and joy at every victory.
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