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)
Wonderfully read and excellent story -- holds attention right to the very end! Highly recommended -- one of the very best audio books I have enjoyed.
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.
Yes and no. THe story is very slow, but it is a remarkable story.
Probably not. The ending was a rush and the characters were never individually developed.
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.
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.
not sure yet
Get a narrator with a pulse.
I think it is a movie....
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.
Exciting, Adventurous, and Awesome!
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.
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!
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.
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.
of survival although the speaking voice of the narrator was at times quite low and on our car system sometimes very difficult to hear.
Prebble, yes. Lansing, no.
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.
I'm split on this. Maybe.
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