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)
If this were a movie script it would seem too farfetched to be true...much like The Revenant. To have brought all hands back alive after seemingly daily perils is beyond amazing
The reader does an excellent job - the story is truly astonishing. I so respect the resolution and strength all of the crew!
Shackleton - his leadership and reason are inspiring!
I really did listen to it at every opportunity. It kept me interested throughout the story and I found it hard to quit.
Excellent. Inspiring. Historically fascinating. A great period piece - understanding the tools they had at hand and lack of options for communication, etc. Great book.
I've always been fascinated by the story of Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition and have watched many documentaries on the subject but this book is far and away the most exciting and detailed telling of the story. While I give the highest recommendation to this book for those who already know the story I would have to give an even greater urging to those who don't. Addictive story, never has my 50 mile commute been more exciting.
Compelling story. Shackleton and his men persevered through one disaster after another. Story was narrated well and characters brought to life. Would have liked to have learned more on what happened to main characters after their rescue but perhaps that is for another day.
I don't normally review books, but this one has really moved me. It started a bit slow, but I kept listening because of my maritime experience. It was a neat juxtaposition to the modern conveniences and navigation tools we used in my career. In the early 1900's, they had it rough. When things got difficult on the voyage, the book got VERY interesting. Within a couple of hours, I was completely gripped by every word.
The story turned from an adventure, to a prison, to a day by day and hour by hour fight for survival. It combines just enough technical information with a wealth of emotion and psychology.
The journey these men took was fascinating, mentally as well as physcially. It was a great study of leadership and positive thinking. I'm thankful that these men kept diaries. I really loved the parts in the book where there was a significant event and he gave us the entries from different mens' diaries for the same day, you can really see how it was perceived by the leader, his men, and the positive and negative thinkers in the group.
The narrator! He does a fantastic job. I'm getting to know all of the characters, but very interested in how Shackleton is keeping morale high and handling potential mutinous situations.
Not at first, but....yes. Absolutely. It's very hard to find a good point to take a break.
Kept me intrigued from beginning to end. well written and well narrated! Highly recommended! Probably in the top 3 or 4 books I've ever read/ listened to!
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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