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Endurance Audiobook

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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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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    Louis Blair 03-27-16
    Louis Blair 03-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING"

    Fabulous story. The ultimate in survival unbelievable examples of leadership and perseverance. Painful at times.

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    Teri 03-26-16
    Teri 03-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book about an incredible group of men."

    An unbelievable voyage and a group of men who faced every unimaginable hardship with courage, tenacity, and "endurance". I loved this book.

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    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-25-16
    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-25-16

    Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.

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    "Enduring Hardships"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone that likes early 20th century history and/or survival nonfiction. While I don't feel its appeal is strictly limited to that crowd, that's certainly the target audience, because it is very simply a wonderful blow-by-blow accounting of the hardships the crew of the Endurance experienced. This isn't a book of history overlaid with "universal truths" or epic flourishes. Lansing doesn't try to force a story beyond the one inherent in the events. The book is "just" a remarkable, incredible bit of history and speaks volumes as to what humans can endure/survive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It would be a spoiler to give it, but let's just say it comes late in the story and is the moment when Shackleton finally decides to do something that's basically illogical and extremely risky -- because he really has no choice. I love what this says about his character. Throughout the story he is sometimes frustratingly conservative (from the crew's viewpoint), so when faced with ONLY high-risk choices, you might expect him to freeze up. (Pun intended.) He does not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The day to day accounts from the journals and the way the men treated each other, even the individuals who had markedly anti-social tendencies, was rather touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Prebble does a fantastic job of reading this story.

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    KG 03-24-16
    KG 03-24-16
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    "Holy Crap"

    It is absolutely amazing what human beings are able to endure in order to survive. Fantastic book. Fantastic narration.

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    Morgan 03-23-16
    Morgan 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic tale"

    I really enjoyed this book for a few reasons. The story itself is fascinating even for today but when you realize that it all took place over 100 years ago it's even more impressive. The writing is very well synthesized and descriptive. The author had diary entries at his disposal so he was able to recreate a very accurate account of what happened. And the narrator seems perfect for this book, accent and all. I had trouble turning it off - it's a great book.

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    Aaron V Simser 03-22-16
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    "Absolutely Amazing"

    Captivating and Breathtaking. Quite possibly the greatest survival story ever. The heartache and triumph actually moved me to tears at points. And the narrator was superb. You will not regret listening to this book.

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    William COLD SPRING, NY, US 03-21-16
    William COLD SPRING, NY, US 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply incredible"

    Well read, great accents, well written, incredible story of endurance and determination against all odds

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    tony channells 03-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent account of extraordinary endurance."

    An excellent account of Shackleton's voyage wonderfully narrated. This book manages to create edge of your seat suspense even though we know the ending (if you have seen documentaries of Shackleton or read other history books). How Shackleton and his crew survive their terrible ordeals is remarkable. At times, their immediate survival depends on sheer luck, for example, the sudden appearance of a large leopard seal breaking through the ice which is then shot and provides the group with desperately needed food and cooking fuel. The twists and turns are like a suspense thriller. The story is well researched with frequent reference to the individual diaries of the team. A remarkable story.

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    Nate Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-21-16
    Nate Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    it make my commute to work go by faster


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the sled dogs. i looked up pictures of them on the internet and they were cuuuute.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    not sure why British accents always make a book better, but it always does.


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

    "I know making the first human trek across antarctica sounds like a great idea in 1914, but don't do it!"


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty remarkable story of survival. The fact many of the party kept daily journals to document their struggle between life and death is amazing. Kind of makes me wish i wrote more than 3 pages in my journal these past 20 years. Worth the credit.

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    Eddy Martinez 03-20-16
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    "Inspiring Breathtaking Adventure Guts Endurance"

    Truly inspiring, excellent narration, incredible adventure.

    I enjoyed the ride along as I felt hop, joy, adventure, sad, hopeless, and jubilee.

    The story is very well written, and the narration does not disappoint. A truly remarkable adventure only 100 years ago.

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  • William
    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
    1/31/10
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    "Staggering"

    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.
    Highly recommended

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • cduck
    london, United Kingdom
    9/29/13
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    "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. . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    12/26/14
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    "Ridiculously exciting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/24/13
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    5/8/11
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    "Absolutely stunning!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • fuse
    6/3/16
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    "Amazing humans"

    Stunning book and story.
    You can't put into words what these me went through. Hard doesn't even begin to describe them.

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  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    5/30/16
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    "Superb reading"

    The calm, matter of fact reading of this famous story lets the facts and skilled writing speak for themselves. We live in an age of superlatives. People say incredibly when they mean extremely. But in this story, incredible is the word, along with amazing, fantatsic and so on. A thrilling read, humbling and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Hill
    London
    5/17/16
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    "A magnificent piece of writing and narration"

    Certainly one of the best books/audio books i've ever read.
    The narration is one of the best i've ever heard and seems so well suited to the subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Morrison
    5/14/16
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    "Brilliant "

    Best thing I've read in months, if not years. totally gripping - would be unbelievable if it was a true story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    4/26/16
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    "An astonishing story, masterfully told"

    I got to the end and started again. The highest prise I can give it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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