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)
A true lesson in leadership and execution of a challenge beyond the capability of almost everyone except Shackleton and his crew.
Very well narrated adding to the enjoyment of a well written book.
This is an amazing, true story about a group of men who found themselves in a situation they could not have imagined and who all stuck together doing what they needed to survive.
The reader does a great job of acting out each character in different voices and accents. It keeps you in suspense even though you may know the story.
What a great story! It's almost unbelievable that they went through all of that and prevailed.
The only downside is that the sequence of tribulations is almost unbearable at times.
Fascinating, heart-wrenching, triumphant!!!
Probably the fact that, for so many months, Schakelton's crew never really lost the belief and trust that the "boss" would never leave them behind under so difficult and constant unexpected circumstances. Schakelton's decision making process and his crew discipline in following them in good spirit is remarkable. As Priestly wrote in his diary: "For scientific leadership, give me Scott, for swift and efficient travel Amudsen, but when you are in a hopeless situation when there seems to be no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shakelton"
This was the first one, but I have enjoyed it very much despite the slightly British accent (which actually gave the story an even more realistic perspective). Superb!!!
It's hard to understand why, in some books like this one, we become reluctant to stop at some point and continue later, knowing that you are not going to miss anything. We just want to know what happens next.
Read the book, then search and watch some of the documentaries about that expedition. The fact that the crew photographer was able to collect so many images from that ordeal in such rough conditions, for so long, is absolutelly amazing. And back in 1915......... One more thing: it is hard not let a tear coming from your eyes with the last 5 minutes of the book. I can only imagine those moments... What an awesome book!!!!!!
This story is incredible. I haven't been able to get it out if my head. Shackleton's leadership and strength was astounding and his men are some of the toughest men in history. Simon Prebble was top notch and the book was written wonderfully. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
I was a bit nervous buying a title by an author I didn't know an a narrator that I hadn't heard before. I was very happy with both! The narration was excellent. The only complaint I have it where the story ended. I would have liked an epilogue that gave a little more info on the characters I came to know and cheer for after the main ordeal was over. What happened to them afterwards? Other than that I thought it was a great story and excellent performance.
This is one of the best stories ever told.
I though their was no story as great as Unbreakable until I read this book.
It was consistently gripping - there were so many situations of hardship, danger and fortitude.
Too many to single out, just an awesome experience.
No, haven't heard the others but he did a good job.
It kept me enthralled - it was excellent.
I enjoy true life survival stories and am finding this one hard to beat.
There's no reason to reiterate what so many other listeners have already started. The book and the narration are just perfect, spellbinding and impossible to put down. I listened to it in entirety in two sittings, the second for 8 hours straight.
It's a testament to the human spirit and with further reading you will see that there is a school of thought that Shackleton did all this with a hole in his heart, which makes it even more amazing.
Now the hard part will be finding the next book, which will certainly be a let down.
The performance and story were very engaging, I liked that the narrator differentiated accents based on which character was speaking. I highly recommend this book.
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