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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | [Alfred Lansing]

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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.
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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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    Dea Draper Mesa, AZ 10-05-14
    Dea Draper Mesa, AZ 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dryly written"

    An amazing tale of endurance that is a good history lesson and a lesson for appreciation of Antarctica as well. I found it dryly written in a familiar documentary style--I prefer what I think of as a more modern approach, an accounting less stiff and formal, and more relaxed and story-like. However, I still found the account enthralling and passed up many chores in order to finish the listen. Since I hear many comment that 3-stars is a "bad" rating, I wish to say I do not consider 3 stars a bad rating, but an average rating as the middle suggests. I would prefer to give it a 3.5.

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    Ann Reedy 09-27-14
    Ann Reedy 09-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An Incredible Audiobook"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    Yes, there was so much going on despite this being about a very small group of people in close confinement. I knew the majority of the story and certainly the end result but the details that this book provided were fantastic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each of the scenes where the group split up. The very simple and brief partings were incredible given what these men were likely facing.


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    NumenorKnight Erie, PA 09-27-14
    NumenorKnight Erie, PA 09-27-14

    Avid reader/listener. Scuba Diver, Civil Engineer, Real Estate Agent and Enthusiast. Univ. of Pittsburgh grad, Pittsburgh Penguins fan!

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    "Edge of your Chair Thriller!"

    Endurance is the story about Ernest Shackleton and his attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica. The story tells the tale of the incredible 18 month journey from excerpts from the crew's journals. The story is one of amazing heroics, planning and above all else Endurance!

    This book will keep you in suspense the entire time. You will not be able to put down your ear phones!

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    Karen D. King 09-24-14
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    "Less than expected"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. I thought it was going to be better.


    Has Endurance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Did Endurance inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candice 09-18-14
    Candice 09-18-14
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    "Great Book when you in the mood for adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy hearing books apposed to reading them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    Having to shoot the dogs hurt me, but I understood why it had to be done.


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

    He brings you up when it seems hope is possible. He takes you gently back down when it fades. He does really good accents too, while using slightly different tones for some of the more noteworthy characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stranded On The Ice...


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    Amazon Customer 09-18-14
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    "ENDURE the first 2 hours, then it's fantastic!"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    The thorough telling of events


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    Shackleton and 2 others climb mountains, literally, through South Georgia to get to civilization and get their party rescued. All with minimal rope and a carpenter axe. This land had never been crossed, let alone mapped. And this after months of bitter cold, frostbite, mal nutrition, etc. Absolutely amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I really struggled with the first 2 hours. Almost returned the book. It was, for some reason, really hard for me to pay attention, my mind kept wandering. But once their ship was stuck in the ice I was hooked. The incredible detail makes you feel as if you're on the expedition with them. I can't believe the drive these men had to survive.

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    Lnsy 09-17-14
    Lnsy 09-17-14
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    "Put Me To Sleep"
    What would have made Endurance better?

    More energetic narrator? I've read and listened to lots of nonfiction, but this one just lulled me to sleep from the very beginning. I think this narrator would be fine in a video documentary, where there is something to look at to make it interesting, but just the voice alone was an insomnia cure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    Not likely.


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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-17-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Grace Under Pressure….."

    Here we have an example of life imitating art. Having recently finished listening to Jules Verne’s MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, and finding it to be exciting but unrealistically optimistic and gung-ho, I found that this book proved to be so similar as to be remarkable. The difference is that ENDURANCE is a factual account, and one written years after Verne’s fictional story. Both tales feature noble adventurous men lead by audacious swashbuckling visionaries. I recommend listening to these two books together for the comparison value.

    Simon Prebble performs an excellent rendition of men pushed to the limits of human ability.

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    Susan W. Guindon Bellbrook, OH USA 09-17-14
    Susan W. Guindon Bellbrook, OH USA 09-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling and Inspirational"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is absolutely in my top 2 - along with The Help.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it is a true story, so well researched and presented.


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

    No, I have not, but I plan to do so now!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The ultimate story of perseverance against all odds


    Any additional comments?

    The other reviewers say it better than I, that this is one of the most riveting, well-written and performed stories of true adventure ever. I listen to audiobooks as I exercise, and I got many extra miles over the past week so that I could continue listening. At one pivotal point near the end of the book, I happened to be on a trail in the woods, and any other joggers who happened to see me may have been surprised to see me raise my hands in the air and cheer, and then have tears spring to my eyes! The true tell of an outstanding story is that it sticks with me -- and this will be with me forever.

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    John J Russell Sr 09-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen and be inspired"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Never give up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fascinating story behind the crew's relentless determination to survive and the surprisingly interesting details about the antagonist: The ice and nature in the raw.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Shackleton tearing out and keeping the pages of the bible that said "Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen." (Job)


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

    No, but **SPOILER ALERT** the killing of the dogs was sad and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to be affected by this book. Your mood will be affected. You will experience exhilaration tempered by discouragement and despair. In essence, life In its fullest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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