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Endurance Audiobook

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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Publisher's Summary

This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Nonfiction, Unabridged

"[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)

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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 01-16-10
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Adventure!"

    I read this book several years ago and was looking for a good book to listen to.

    (The Help was so excellent it has raised my standards for audiobooks. I am finding it very difficult to listen to other books.)

    Although I know the beginning, end and middle of the story, I am still anxious to finish it. I'm not sure how a book that has been already read can be suspenseful but it is.

    The hardships that the men had to endure and how they faced it are amazing. The detail that the author included in the book is perfect - enough to understand the hardships and the backgrounds but not so much that it is boring and slow.

    The narrator does an excellent job with pacing and with the different voices.

    Excellent book!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Now THIS is Edge-Of-Your-Seat Storytelling!"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Endurance is, quite possibly, the best of all my audiobooks. You know how the story's going to turn out, but it's still a breathless journey through a nightmare of a situation. I kept finding myself shouting, "Shackleton!" throughout my day, much to my husband's dismay. But you're so immersed, you can't help but drag it through your current existence. Recently on PBS, they've shown "Chasing Shackleton," but the journey of those men is as nothing to Shackleton and his men's situation. And the show has swelling background music that the audiobook doesn't need to convey drama or severity. Extraordinary. And Simon Prebble's narration is flawless in his delivery. Who else could deliver subtle variations in voice, tone, pacing that the story hinges on, like he can here?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that, though I knew about the history of their quest and their plight, I certainly didn't know the specifics of their ordeal. This audiobook flows like only the best literature can. It's an edge-of-your-seat read/listen and you will find yourself blown away by the tenacity of the men, and by their resourcefulness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the way the men kept a semblance of "normalcy" in horrific circumstances. Who else, but Shackleton, would encourage cheer and playfulness on Christmas. And there's one part, during the daring voyage to St. George, where, after brutal, bitter conditions, the men are so relieved by the minor, minor lifting of terrifying weather, that they're joyful, and they seem like they're out for a jaunt, picnickers on a spring day. I stopped all my sniveling about cold weather after I got through that scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, I had extreme reactions all over the place. THIS is what a five-star audiobook is! Utter transportation to somewhere I had no idea ever existed. You feel the joy of the men, their resignation. You feel their fear, and you come to love some of them so much, you feel fear for them. Exhilarating, I tell you!


    Any additional comments?

    Spend your credit on this book, buy it outright, whatever! Just give yourself the gift to this wonderful journey and enjoy! You'll be thinking of it long after you're finished listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 11-20-09
    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 11-20-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Moving"

    This is one of the most impressive, moving stories of bravery, endurance and brotherhood I have ever experienced. Very aptly named as it is a story of unparalleled endurance through hardships and uncertainty. Moved me to tears as the story concluded. Similar to themes in Into Thin Air and Shadow Divers.

    Narration was perfect: engaging, with emotion. Highly recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 07-25-13
    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "gripping freezing penguin eating tale"

    fantastic story...and true. Maybe the best casting of voice and story I've listened after several hundred books..at the top of my list

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 08-16-12
    Aaron 08-16-12

    Loving the fact that I am "reading" books again, and a lot of them!

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    "One of the best books on Audible, without a doubt"

    I didn't know anything about Ernest Shackleton or the Endurance when I started this book, and I have no idea how that could have been. This story is SO AMAZING that it should be on every school reading list in the world. The events that unfolded in the voyage of the crew of the Endurance are frightening and yet awe-inspiring at every corner. I am impressed with the discipline, camaraderie, strength, and endurance that those men showed in surviving long enough to make it back to civilization.

    Alfred Lansing does an incredible job of bringing the story to life. His writing is superb, and even poetic. His descriptions left my mouth hanging open and my mind swirling with images, sounds, and feelings on many, many occasions. Simon Prebble also does a world-class job as narrator. He adopts a different accent and manner of speech for each of the crew, bringing them to life as if they themselves were reading their journal entries. His voice carries all of the emotion and wonder and sorrow that the author could possibly ever have hoped to convey. Very well done, gentlemen.

    I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie yet. With today's special effects they could really bring it to life.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan poplarville, MS, United States 11-06-11
    Susan poplarville, MS, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2011

    work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.

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    "beyond belief true story"

    loved this book. Gripping from start to finish, and even more amazing to think it is all true. These were some incredibly tough men. I truly liked the character studies that made the adventure of this experience come alive. Very highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-13-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "WOW"

    Excellent. It proves again that real life is often more incredible than fiction. This story is a testament to resilience of mankind.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Su West 09-25-09
    Su West 09-25-09
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    "riveting"

    This is a beautifully narrated reading of an astounding book.I generally do not think I am interested in accounts of explorers but this is an exceptional book and I find the voice of the reader to be a perfect match to the writing. Mesmerizing. I strongly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Ladera Ranch, CA, USA 07-10-09
    Adrian Ladera Ranch, CA, USA 07-10-09
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    "An excellent tale of hardship"

    Yet another excellent book from audible. The narrator is great to listen to and the story keeps you wanting more. The situations these men faced were incredible to say the least and it amazes you what they went through to survive. Definantly add this one to your library.

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    Harold Moraga, CA, USA 03-02-09
    Harold Moraga, CA, USA 03-02-09
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    "Over before I knew it"

    This audio-book is a wonderfully written and captivating story that is extremely well narrated. This is one of the books that makes me recommend Audible to friends and family.

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  • William
    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
    1/31/10
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    "Staggering"

    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.
    Highly recommended

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • cduck
    london, United Kingdom
    9/29/13
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    "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. . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    "Ridiculously exciting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/24/13
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    5/8/11
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    "Absolutely stunning!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Adam J Cook
    9/20/16
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    "incredible"

    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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  • fuse
    6/3/16
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    "Amazing humans"

    Stunning book and story.
    You can't put into words what these me went through. Hard doesn't even begin to describe them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    5/30/16
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    "Superb reading"

    The calm, matter of fact reading of this famous story lets the facts and skilled writing speak for themselves. We live in an age of superlatives. People say incredibly when they mean extremely. But in this story, incredible is the word, along with amazing, fantatsic and so on. A thrilling read, humbling and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Hill
    London
    5/17/16
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    "A magnificent piece of writing and narration"

    Certainly one of the best books/audio books i've ever read.
    The narration is one of the best i've ever heard and seems so well suited to the subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Morrison
    5/14/16
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    "Brilliant "

    Best thing I've read in months, if not years. totally gripping - would be unbelievable if it was a true story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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