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 thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook - the story of Ernest Shakleton and the shipwreck of the Endurance in Antarctica.
The Narrator is excellent - a real performer tells a great story.
You must listen to this !
The only problem was I could not get to sleep - riveting.
I am sorry but this book made me proud to be British. For all the failings of the defunct British empire the resolve of these men made be tear up. Brilliant
A ripping yarn - made all the more engaging by being about real events, or at least an interpretation of real events. Being a devotee of books of escapist fiction, I was surprised to find myself sucked into this book so completely. A story you can't help related parts of to anyone who will listen.
The narration was good. I can definitely see myself listening to this one again!
I almost gave up on this book because it was extremely slow moving for the first two or three hours, but it was definitely worth sticking it out and listening to the whole story!
I couldn't make it through killing the dogs, clubbing seals, etc. It otherwise seemed like it would be a great read.
Everyone should know this journey. A little bit textual at times, as non-fiction often can be. However the story is so interesting you don't mind. Put this on your list of stories from the past that you need to know
I'm fascinated by Arctic and Antarctic adventure stories, so I already knew the basic facts about what happened on this expedition. So, in that sense, it was like watching the movie "Apollo 13". And listening to this books is kinda like watching that movie: you know how the story comes out, but the story is told in such an exciting and involving manner that you find yourself enthralled and practically on the edge of your seat, marvelling at what men can do and endure.
Simon Prebble's narration is just perfect. I was engrossed through the whole story. When I stopped, I couldn't wait till I could get back to it.
Marvelous and well-done!
I downloaded this book on a kind of lark (it sounded interesting and was on sale). I'd heard a few small bits here and there about Shackleton's voyage but was effectively ignorant. The story is simply stunning. The reader of the audiobook is pretty good. Technically, he's very good but at times I felt like I was listening to a breathless narrator on a PBS show. Still, the story itself easily stands on it's own and the reader doesn't usually distract from it. I'm a sucker for stories of superhuman perseverance and this delivers it in spades. At times, I was near tears and definitely want to learn more about this story. Recommended.
One of, if not, the best book I have ever experienced. I listened to it twice and I will listen to it again.
Excellent tale of the character of man.
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