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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!

    19 of 21 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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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11
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    "Exceptional Story and excellent narration"

    I read this book long ago, but to rean and hear it is even better. The narration to me made these adventurers trials and tribulations come to life. These were men of great courage and resolve with nary a dissenter in the ranks. Their positive attitude even in the most dire situation is an example to today's negative viewpoint on life. Many can learn and see how others conquer adversity in the one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Castro Valley, CA, United States 07-12-10
    Robert Castro Valley, CA, United States 07-12-10 Member Since 2002
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    "A Powerful Reading of A Seminal Story"

    The story of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the most inspiring tales of human endeavour and leadership that can be found. I have read books on this subject many times and I was deeply impressed with Simon Prebble's narration. A "must listen"!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "No Fiction can match it."

    Great Story, on a great man.
    Any fiction story who would try to match it would be so unreliable.
    Strongly recommended

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    James Union, KY, United States 02-27-09
    James Union, KY, United States 02-27-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    What a great story. This book is worth the money. I find it quite interesting that this happened almost 100 years ago. The true depth of human character and willpower is displayed throughout this book. I wonder if we still have that kind of heart in today's society.

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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Incredible Story Well Told"

    A re-telling of a true story that reads more like a novel. You gain incredible respect for the survival skills of pre-techno man. Although the book is 50 years old, you have no sense of it being dated while listening to it and after the telling, you hit Wiki to learn more. Highly recommend.

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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.

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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

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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.

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  • Julia Brown
    4/8/16
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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  • The Spaniel
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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    2/18/16
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    "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.

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    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    2/15/16
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    "How Did They Endure This -and Survive?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Endurance to, and why?

    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.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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  • Eva O'Donnell
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    1/17/16
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    "Gripping."

    An incredible story told with just the right balance of historical accuracy and personal detail.

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  • Kevin
    11/15/15
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    "Amazing story, well told"

    I was unfamiliar with the story of the endurance beyond Shakleton's name. I was concerned it would be a dull take but this was truly an amazing story, and without spooling it, it keeps you engaged to find out the fate of each man. Well worth 10 hours of anyone's time.

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  • Iain
    11/9/15
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    "An incredible story of strength of character"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the top 5


    What other book might you compare Endurance to, and why?

    Unbroken - in that it a tale of not giving up


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    It certainly left me full of admiration for the spirit of these men


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. I R Jones
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    9/18/15
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    "Wow! If you don't have goosebumps and a lump in your throat you haven't been listening."

    This is one of the greatest feats of human endurance ever. The story is both involving and emotive.
    I was almost reduced to tears at the end. I am lucky enough to have visited the South Georgia islands and this brought home the physical, emotional & mental extremes these men endured.
    Ernest Shakleton- I salute you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    8/24/15
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    "A fantastic adventure"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, a real ripping yarn of adventure and hardship. Brilliantly read as well. I almost felt like I was out there on the ice with them at times. Some of the events depicted in the book must have been nerve shattering for the explorers. A really brilliant book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • r
    7/26/15
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    "Loved it"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, gripping, humble


    What other book might you compare Endurance to, and why?

    Not sure. It's one of the first greatest polar adventures.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The way he tells the story brings an air of winter magic to it.


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

    No but it is inspirational and easy to warm and love the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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