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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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    Steve 03-17-16
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    "Incredible story well told"

    Amazing feat of survival and demonstration of leadership under impossible conditions. Difficult to stop once started.

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    Luciano B. Brasil Austin, USA 03-16-16
    Luciano B. Brasil Austin, USA 03-16-16

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    "Better than the best I have read in the last 4 yrs"

    Great book. Turn this book into an epic movie seems like a no brainer. Great performance from Simon, as always.

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    Travis Knight Oswego, NY 03-14-16
    Travis Knight Oswego, NY 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Endurance"

    An incredible story of human endurance in the face of incredible odds. an excellent, well-performed, thoroughly researched account of Shackleton's ill-fated voyage.

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    Phillip Guss 03-13-16
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    "Amazing journey!!"

    This book was everything I hoped it would be. What an amazing journey and example of human endurance and determination!!

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    B J Williams 03-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "And you had a bad day"

    I love this type of story it sets in perspective the details of our days and how minor most of them are good work thank you

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    Wolfwoman9 03-12-16
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    "A Great Adventure"

    I've read several books about expeditions in Earth's polar regions* and this one ranks very near the top. It's a nice, tight account of Shackleton's odyssey from the icebound Endurance to Stromness Bay on South Georgia Island. The preparation of the expedition was covered as well, like Shackleton's selection of personnel -- I very much disliked Thomas Orde-Lees-- and procurement of sled dogs and food stores. There was no discernible hero worship in Lansing's book, a welcomed aspect.

    The narration by Simon Prebble was top-notch. It was a fine adventure.

    *If you enjoy man against nature expeditions then you might like "In the Land of White Death" by Russian explorer Valerian Albanov. It's a very different outcome but relates the same kind of challenges faced by Shackleton's crew . . . except it takes place in the Arctic where ice bears roam.

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    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 03-11-16
    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 03-11-16 Member Since 2014

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    "History More Fantastic than Fictuon"

    the story is almost too fantastical to believe. yet because the narrative was drawn from so many different journals and logs its authenticity is unquestioned. And the narration captures all the Nuance detail and drama. I could not turn it off

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    "They don't make men like that anymore."

    This group of courageous and tough men will go down in history as larger than life heroes. This book was a joy to listen to and it makes me proud to beling to the human race.

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    valerie 03-10-16
    valerie 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a total inspiration"

    beautifully written and read ...an amazing voyage ...what an inspiration ... life changing story ....

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    D. Fearon Australia 03-09-16
    D. Fearon Australia 03-09-16
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    "Incredible"

    One of the best audiobook I've listened to. Absolutely incredible. Highly recommend. By far the best narrator. If you're after a good read, you've found it.

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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
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    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. . .

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  • James
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    12/26/14
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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