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)
This is the most extraordinary story of human endurance I have ever read. Despite horrifying experienced and extreme hardship - these men persevered. I can't imagine our current generation enduring any thing remotely close to such an experience without a mutiny and threats of law suits and endless tales of woe!
A very worthy read - if only to appreciate how well off we really are!
While I enjoyed this book a lot, and think that the story itself and the way in which the author tells it are both fascinating - I would like to warn my fellow listeners to NOT take this book on a very long plane ride. I was crossing the Atlantic with this book as my main source of entertainment, and the parts of the story in which the author describes in depth the monotony, boredom, and stagnation of being trapped on an island or ice pack and being cramped in tiny tents/boats made the reality of my (admittedly mild) situation much worse. I am a long-legged person who is always cold, and reading this book while trapped in the economy seating of an over-airconditioned plane made me hyper-aware of how cold and cramped I felt. The author repeatedly describes how the seconds, minutes, hours, and days seemed to pass excruciatingly slowly for the poor crew of the Endurance, and this did not make my 10+ hour plane ride "fly by". Nevertheless, it was a wonderful read that I will be recommending to my friends! Just not on an airplane!
Listened to this on a long haul hike in the North Cascades. Brought me to tears mid-hike. Learned after that this was one of my grandfather's favorite reads. It was so well performed and put together I had no idea it was published so long ago. MUST must must read. Here or anywhere.
An incredible tale of perseverance and leadership in one of Earth's most inhospitable regions. The narrator's use of various accents from the UK gives the characters vibrant color against the monochromatic background of the Antarctic. Endurance stands as one of the great adventure stories from the twilight of the age of exploration.
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