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.
"[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)
This was such an amazing story! I could feel the pain and frustration of the explorers with every set back. Their strength was beyond description, while being handed the worst that the weather and the sea could pound them with. WOW!
Excellent and unbelievable drama and performance. I would definitely read it again. I heard there's a movie going to be watching that.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Shakleton & his men were brave, skilled (perhaps slightly insane) adventurers. Their fortitude and dauntless courage is stunning. They faced severe medical conditions including a heart attack and frostbite bad enough to require amputation. They lived with very little food and water, obscenely cold temperatures, constantly wet clothing and bedding, and few tools. As their journey became more dire these men became stronger physically and mentally. They showed the type of mental commitment that few in this world ever need to have. They were positive and hopeful despite circumstances which could (for most people would) have caused them to despair. In this narrative Alfred Lansing retells their story with respect and enough passion to allow the reader to feel the excitement. It was a book that I wanted to listen to in one sitting. It was a book that caused me to dream.
Simon Prebble was excellent. At times his voice is silky and quiet, and then his voice is gritty and loud. He builds the tension by lowering his voice and adding a quiet, subdued and reflective tone. And then he speeds through certain passages making the reader feel the excitement and fear. He made the book real enough that at one point I covered up because I was cold -- though it is 85 degrees! This has proven to be one of my favorite books to listen to instead of to read because of Mr. Prebble.
This is a story of the limits of human endurance and ability, beautifully written and narrated. I love the human touches drawn from the diaries.
The book launches right into the story and remains gripping throughout. Certainly it's more exciting than most adventure fiction. Read and marvel at one of the great disasters of seafaring exploration and the amazing deeds that ensued.
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