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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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    Deedhopes 09-06-14
    Deedhopes 09-06-14 Member Since 2015

    Deed

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    "Real life better than fiction!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because it is unbelievable! From bad to worse and yet ....history is made. History that has it all...excitement, momentum, drama, choices that impact many people. I do not know if sea captains with integrity personified and leadership overflowing exist today. I hope so!

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    kfallspaige 09-05-14
    kfallspaige 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "What a great adventure!"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Challenge, bravery, endurance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Shackelton is a great leader who inspires his team at every turn. It happens that he is the lead person on this expedition, but it is his strength of purpose and considered actions that make him the leader--not his position.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story continues with each scene more compelling than the one before. The final small expedition to find life and ultimately, survival, was very suspenseful and gratifying.


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

    The necessity of amputating one man's toes and the description of the scene was very moving, followed by the patient's first wish: a cigarette!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this is history, which normally I would bypass. But the story is magnificent. There is a documentary produced in 2014 which I want to see!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2010

    Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.

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    "Some very tough men"

    The detail of this book in even pointing out how the ship was built was fascinating. The can do spirit in the face of absolute ice cold is refreshing. Having the Leopard Seal hunt the men from under the ice was a surprise. The detail of the frozen icicle on the end of the your nose that had to be broken off that left a sore that never healed. The open boat adventure across the most hostile ocean in the world has never been repeated. The cross country adventure where they had one leg on one side of the mountain and the other leg on the other. Such detail make this book's history come alive. Not to be missed.

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    J. jung sedona, az 09-03-14
    J. jung sedona, az 09-03-14

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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was great story and very compelling, it was awesome to entertain me on my lone trip across the country


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Shackleton, because I was amazed at how he picked his crew that worked so well together anyhow he was able to hold the group together under such trying circumstances


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I enjoyed having it be with me for a while


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 09-03-14
    Patrick 09-03-14

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "Interesting...But A Little Mundane"

    I thought it was a very good story-line but the way it was written didn't seem to capture my attention as much as I had hoped. The story itself is remarkable. It's truly unbelievable what Shackleton and his men went through. However, it was disappointing as a book. It was a strict telling of the story. No interpretation, no broader context, no clues as to what made these men the kinds of people that could endure so much. It was simply a story of survival, without any stab at the deeper meaning or purpose for it. I would love to see someone like Jon Krakauer write a treatment of Shackleton's story.

    I really liked the narrator Simon Prebble, he did an excellent job.

    Overall: Believe me I tried to like this book, but it's bogged down in way too much detail and somehow makes a remarkable adventure story, boring and tedious.

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    Shilo california 09-03-14
    Shilo california 09-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the great adventures of all time!"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    Endurance is a thrilling true story of an adventure that goes beyond fiction. I was enthralled with the story and the fortitude of the men involved. Although I have heard the name "Shackleton" spoken of, I never knew the real story of his journey -- and now I am better for it. It is a story that will stay with me for a very long time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Packer Backer SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States 09-01-14
    Packer Backer SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspirational! True Story of real Survivors!"

    I loved this book!

    If you have any interest in prepping, in survival in severe circumstances, if you have wondered what it might take to survive in the Artic under the harshest of conditions, then this true story is for you!

    I literally followed the story during commute time with great anticipation, wondering how the crew of Endurance would cope with their next calamity. Talk about roughing it- this is the ultimate survivor story. Mother Nature was not their friend.

    Forget the TV version of Survivor, and with apologies to Bear Grylls, these guys are the real deal. The face adversity after adversity, they are matched against near impossible odds, they improvise, they share, they help each other, and they ultimately survive.

    If you want to be inspired, uplifted, to experience human nature at its resilient best, spend the credit, and enter an adventure you will never forget.

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    Amazon Customer CENTRAL POINT, OREGON, United States 09-01-14
    Amazon Customer CENTRAL POINT, OREGON, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "YOU HAVE TO hear this!"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    YES! I got chills so many times listening to this I could not believe it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    There are TO many memorable moments! You think its bad then it just gets worse. Crossing the Straights of Magellan in a row boat!!! When Shackleton shows up on a door step.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did very much!


    Any additional comments?

    It is THE most amazing book ever! And it really happened!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-30-14
    Amazon Customer Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-30-14 Member Since 2006

    I am a Superintendent of several K-12 Online School programs. I travel extensively with a book in my ear hours every day.

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    "More than History this is a Leadership Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book shows what a man dedicated to his team and vision can accomplish. This story has reminded me how important true leadership really is. It has provided a cast of heroes so determined to survive because of their commitment to each other and their leader.


    What other book might you compare Endurance to and why?

    It felt like I was reading about a great historic leader like Hannibal crossing the Alps combined with an amazing survival experience like Zampinoli in Unbroken.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He seemed like the perfect reader for this experience with is proper accent and perfect diction. My only regret is that I couldn't speed him up more than 1.5 in my app.


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

    I listened to this book on a long trip with my adult son and both of us couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen to more. I laughed a bit here and there but mostly I sat in marvel and wonderment at this amazing story. We had to look up the maps and started reading everything we could find on the internet about this amazing man and journey.


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    Chris Bow, WA, United States 08-27-14
    Chris Bow, WA, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievable story of survival"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    Yes, definitely. I had already read one version of this amazing story so I knew the facts, but this one is so moving and unbelievable, the narration is superb, and so many direct quotes from the journals...really really good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    too many to mention - the obstacles that they encounter over and over again, yet they never lost hope.


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

    Loved his slightly different accents as he read diary excerpts


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but too emotional. Too many tumultuous things happened, it is a lot to absorb


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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
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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
  • Miss Patricia Morris
    6/9/15
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    Goodness! I lived each moment of this story with them, willing them on, desperate for their survival! Great book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O
    Reading, United Kingdom
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    "One of my favourite audiobooks"

    A thrilling adventure as well as a piece of history, it's very well written and very well read. Simon Prebble's voice is faultless, easy to listen to, and he does the men's various accents with subtlety.

    When I finished Touching The Void I immediately wanted to know more about the story. It's the same with this one: I was so immersed that it's hard to leave it behind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janien
    hampshire, UK
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    "Best account of this expedition"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its a great audiobook. Well worth listening to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not particularly but it's such a fascinating true story I was engaged throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is special in that the author interviewed many of the survivors and had access to their personal diaries. It is a unique account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine Simmons
    5/7/15
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    "Brilliantly written and read."

    This was far better than I had expected. An amazing story beautifully written and superbly read. One I know I shall listen to again in the future. The fact it's s true story makes it all the more compelling. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilrijk, België
    4/8/15
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    "Amazing history of endurance overcoming adversity"
    What did you like most about Endurance?

    That all these amazing feats really took place. Excellent narration as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    It's hard to answer without spoilers but probably the end - there is a real emotional buildup as you follow the crew of the endurance through their hardships.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favourite?

    Not applicable. He does not really impersonate voices.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Endurance


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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