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)
While this riveting narrative is quite compelling, the unremitting bad fortune of this band of explorers was almost not to be believed. still, a great story well-delivered.
Outstanding telling of a true life adventure story. Lansing brings to life the description of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic odyssey and the loyal men who followed him into hell.
Narrator Prebble is excellent, bringing distinction to each character for whom he speaks.
Best Audible book I've purchased in a year.
The story of Shackleton is incredible. Just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they did. And just when you think that the hardships would break Shackleton and his crew down, the men soar above their circumstances with ingenuity and hope.
Simon Prebble's reading makes the story come alive. There were parts of the book that could have dragged on had it not been for Prebble's narration. I especially enjoyed the fact that he gave the crew their own "voices." They became more than historical figures, but real men.
this story is incredible. if you seek adventure, look no further. if you want to read about an incredible journey that brings to light the tenacity of human will, this is a great book.
Say something about yourself!
Well worth the price, this narrative will have you on the edge of your chair wondering how they will survive the next set of perils that nature forces upon the explorers in Shackleton's 1915 party. The psychological challenges are almost as fascinating as the physical demands made on the men, all of whom, remarkably survived, in large part due to their leaders' level headed decisions.
It's an epic, so it compares well with any number of great epic tales from the Odyssey to Apollo 13.
I'm a commuter, so the narrator's even delivery with just a touch of irony and humor when appropriate seemed to fit the author's intent nicely.
Yes, when the advance party first saw other humans on South Georgia Island after they long and dangerous journey -- that was a very compelling moment in the tale.
A gripping and fascinating tale that at times seems more fantastical than any fiction a person could concoct. The so-called age of arctic exploration is full of stories about bravery, heroism and tragic endings, but fortunately this tale ends with all the men returning home.
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.
"An astonishing story, masterfully told"
I got to the end and started again. The highest prise I can give it.
This book is thoroughly gripping and read well. It recounts Shackleton's adventures in a dramatic way that keeps you wanting more. One of my top 5 audio listens.
Gripping from end to end. A real life example of exemplary leadership. I sat in my car despite arriving at my destination just to hear the epilogue. I would highly recommend this audio book.
"Love a good struggle against the elements"
Was quite gripping.......would recommend it. If you like a good adventure story this is a good one.
"How Did They Endure This -and Survive?"
I can't directly compare the two as I haven't read the novel, but the narrator, Simon Prebble, does a truly wonderful job and he complements the novel perfectly.
This is the first novel of its' kind that I've ever listened to and because I was so totally immersed in it, and captivated by it, I will be searching for more. The question is, will I find anything this good again? What a truly fantastic story of human courage and perseverance by every single member of this expedition. Not least of whom was Ernest H. Shackelton.
A great example of how to perfectly balance the re-telling of such an epic journey. No need for over-emphasis or over dramatisation because it seems that was just not the way of any of the members of this expedition. Heroes really,to a man but I daresay they would never have seem themselves that way.
Yes but mentally I could not have 'endured' it! I was exhausted just listening to it. How DID they live through this? I felt so humbled by their bravery. Endurance is the perfect title.
A novel full of heroes, each in their own way. Why anyone would risk putting themselves through this is a mystery to me still, but that fact did not detract in any way from my absolute admiration for Shackelton and his stoic men. What a great,great pity that this wasn't acknowledged at the time for being the pinnacle of achievement we all see it for today.We do indeed live in better and more enlightened times now.
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