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 is the cheapest way to travel to the Antarctic. What an inspiring tale.
The characters truly come alive in this book. And so does the place.
I had no knowledge of the Shakelton expedition and had no expectations. I was blown away by this book. It's an incredible testimony to these men's will to survive, their endurance, and Shakelton's leadership. The narrator is excellent, and brought it alive. Well worth the read/listen.
This is an incredible, true story narrated wonderfully by Simon Prebble. He narrated the "Zoo Series" books by David Downing (WWII) and I was browsing other books narrated by Simon and fall across this one. It turned out to be one of the best books I have read.
I had tears in my eyes at the end of the story as I sit around my campfire. The endurance of all men was absolutely astonishing. The story is well read with accents given to other characters in the story. Simon Prebble does an amazing job to tell this strongly masculine tale of survival, adventure and wonder.
Even though I knew how it would end, I was clinging to every experience, hoping alongside the characters. I loved how the author used actual journal entries to convey details. The narrator did a great job with voice impressions so you could follow the different characters. Overall, it was great. I even teared up at the end.
at times. An unbelievable story, read perfectly by Preble. There were parts early on that were a little slow, but keep with it and you will be rewarded by a heart-pounding ending. Even knowing the fate of Shackelton's crew, Lansing had me on edge. Incredible!
A sure cure for some types of depression. When all hope is lost, this adventure will endure. When my father died in 1952, my mother read us stories of the trials young men were put through by their Native American tribesmen to signify their manhood. These stories and others similar were a miraculous message of hope through thick despair and poverty. They provided a path forward. Shackelton's story is no less.
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