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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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    Denis Orchard Lake, MI, USA 07-28-09
    Denis Orchard Lake, MI, USA 07-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding!"

    Wonderfully read and excellent story -- holds attention right to the very end! Highly recommended -- one of the very best audio books I have enjoyed.

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    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09
    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09
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    "Incredible Adventure"

    If you like nautical history; I cannot imagine that you would not like this book. This historic expedition is a remarkable adventure for which this book tells well.

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    Neil Pelham, Thailand 03-31-09
    Neil Pelham, Thailand 03-31-09
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    "Compelling story well told and read"

    The book is surprisingly compelling and very well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly BOSTON, MA, United States 04-15-14
    Kimberly BOSTON, MA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. THe story is very slow, but it is a remarkable story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alfred Lansing? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The ending was a rush and the characters were never individually developed.


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

    No. NA.


    Did Endurance inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 12-06-13
    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Remarkable story marred by Prebble's histrionics"

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing must be experienced; a living adventure conveyed through the author's words. This engrossing book is especially vivid due to the wealth of extraordinary factual details drawn from the survivors' own records of this horrific struggle for survival.
    The problem with the recording of this fine work is Simon Prebble. He was the wrong narrator, someone like George Guidall would have made this recorded version perfect. Prebble's voice has a supercilious quality, plus a sing-song cadence from over-emphasizing every few words as if they were italicized. A work of this length based on a truly "incredible" adventure does not need his hyped-up narration. The words, so masterfully set down by the author, do not need Prebble's familiar and generic histrionics, suited to pot-boilers like those by Dick Francis.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Francesca Alegheri Rome, NY 09-09-13
    Francesca Alegheri Rome, NY 09-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Only listener who doesn't like the narration?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Even though I did not like the narration in the sample, I sort of forced myself to go ahead and purchase the book because of ALL of the 4/5 star reviews.
    I am very interested in this story - but to me the narration is COMPLETELY FLAT.
    1 1/2 hours in to listening and there has not been one variation in volume, tone, cadence, emotion in Mr. Prebbles reading. I can barely focus on the story due to the "Victorian Tea Conversation" style narration. I think I will need to read this in print in order to enjoy the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not sure yet


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a narrator with a pulse.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it is a movie....


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Ruther Glen, VA, United States 04-03-13
    James Ruther Glen, VA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2006

    I love history and enjoy reading different books about the past. I like to joke that I have read many books about the outcome at Gettysburg, but no matter how many I read the outcome remains the same! I do find it interesting and fascinating to get different takes and outlooks on the same events.

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    "An Excellent Package!"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Adventurous, and Awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    In danger of freezing to death after a treacherous thousand mile sea journey from Elephant Island to a dangerous South Georgia Island, Captain Shackleton convinces his two companions to join him in another deadly risk: sliding down an icy arête at break-neck speed to survive yet another life challenge and get one significant step closer to rescue of his expedition. This book is filled with memorable moments like this.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Prebble did an outstanding job of presenting this remarkable story. His enthusiastic and theatrical performance was outstanding and lyrical. I normally find male British narration to be weary and feminine. His performance, on the other hand, was manly, thought-provoking, and proud. I am so impressed!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The courage with which the young castaway on The Endurance handled his gangrene infection and the eventual inevitable amputation of his foot. This was a remarkable, tragic, yet interesting event that touched al his mates.


    Any additional comments?

    I am seldom so impressed by a book and it's presentation. This is a book you must buy and enjoy! It is a remarkable and extraordinary tale of adventure and courage in the face of deadly adversity. I strongly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Day Clay Midlothian, VA 03-06-13
    Happy Day Clay Midlothian, VA 03-06-13
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    "Accurate telling of an amazing true story . . ."
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    of survival although the speaking voice of the narrator was at times quite low and on our car system sometimes very difficult to hear.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Pratum Redmond, WA 01-20-13
    Eric Pratum Redmond, WA 01-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story. Could have been told better."
    Would you try another book from Alfred Lansing and/or Simon Prebble?

    Prebble, yes. Lansing, no.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alfred Lansing? Why or why not?

    No. Shackleton's story is really quite amazing, but I felt that Alfred Lansing mostly just conveyed the facts. Honestly, there was so little scene setting or description of the immediate environment that I had little, to no, idea of what things actually looked like until I went online to find pictures.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Yes.


    Was Endurance worth the listening time?

    I'm split on this. Maybe.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt S. Ohio USA 05-11-12
    Matt S. Ohio USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Incredible"

    I now think those guys fishing for crabs on the Discovery Channel have it easy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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