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)
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this is an epic masterpiece of drama, leadership, survival, adventure and sheer determination to survive. Every phase the men reach only leads to increasing challenge. The reader does a fantastic job narrating an unbelievable story.
This is one of my favorites. Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator and this is an incredible story of survival and true determination. Shackleton's team achieved and endured the unimaginable for the time. Well worth a credit!
I am a middle school reading and English teacher, and parent of two teenagers. We live in Duluth Minnesota, and our whole family enjoys audiobooks.
I first read this book 18 years ago with my husband. Shakleton has rated high on my list of heroes ever since. So, although I know the story fairly well, it was incredible to be reminded of the extraordinary details of this astounding journey and these amazing men. As others have said, the narrator is outstanding, and does a lot to build and keep the listener's attention.
This is a story that will change your perspective on what it means to "endure" and will make you grateful for all that you have in your life: drinking water, toilet paper, fresh vegetables, and most of all - a dry, warm bed to sleep in. I love this book, and am SO glad I took the time to listen to it again after many years. I suspect I may listen for a third time before another 18 years go by.
I knew nothing of Shackelton's voyage, disaster, and rescue and this was perhaps the best 20 hours I have spent in a long long time. Every few chapters you will say to yourself "well, it can't get any worse. Nothing else can happen." And yet, it does. What these men endured and how they persevered is astounding. An amazing lesson in the human spirit. What a great audio book and the narrator was absolutely spot on perfect for this book.
Beautifully written, and an absolutely riveting account of what is arguably the most incredible adventure and survival story of the 20th Century. Highly recommended.
For anyone who is interested in Antarctic exploration, or the men who sailed the vastness of the seas and dared to try...
This is the book for you. It transcends the diaries, to go into an understanding of who they were, what they thought and felt, and how they survived in the harshest environment on Earth. Slow in spots, but more often riveting, it leaves nothing out and gives a very clear, and ultimately uplifting, narrative. spoken by the very talented Simon Prebble.
This was probably the most amazing story I have ever read. I actually cried at the end. It is truly amazing what men can do when their backs are up against the wall. Everyone should read this book.
I knew nothing about this story, but was totally caught up in the true life adventure--one of the best I have listened to in long time.
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