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Endurance Audiobook

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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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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    alan 02-26-16
    alan 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing story of human will and grit. Great read and recommend it to everyone I know
    Narrator was great,and kept me in the story from start to finish not wanting to stop even after 6 hours of listening. His Scottish accent was comical but did not detract in anyway the story being told.



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    dmitry 02-21-16
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    "Amazing how much a man can endure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

    It's simply amazing how much a man can endure and how long a distance can one go.
    Amazing performance, good intonations, good accents. Highly recommend this book.


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

    Amazing performance, good intonations, good accents.


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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-20-16
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but sad."

    This isn't what I'd call an exciting book, I really had to push to stay with it but the story was so interesting that it kept me going. Like so many tragic stories, I'm glad I read it but I sure wouldn't want to do it again.

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    Tammy 02-14-16
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    "inspiring"

    Great story that is very detailed and inspiring. Amazing what these men went through. read beautifully.

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    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 02-12-16
    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Whoa"

    These are some tough, industrious seadogs.

    This story has been wonderfully put together and the performance was perfect - not overly dramatic.

    I have little interest in Antarctic expeditions but I can highly recommend giving this a listen.

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    Florian Chicago, IL USA 02-12-16
    Florian Chicago, IL USA 02-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing from start to finish"

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, captivating from beginning to end. The narrator is lively, and the hardship endured by the sailors of the endurance nothing short of astounding.

    Before this book I had never heard of Shackleton, since one usually only hears about Amundsen & Scott (who made it to the South Pole). After listening to this book it's clear that he was equally - if not more - as important as Amundsen & Scott.

    The "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration" opened up a whole new area of interest for me - you will likely want to learn more after listening to this book.

    Finally this is one of those books that bring problems and hard ships into perspective, and not only illustrate the importance of good leadership but also the ability of humans to survive unimaginable hardship.

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    Charles 02-11-16
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    "Very well narrated and of course an amazing story"

    A true lesson in leadership and execution of a challenge beyond the capability of almost everyone except Shackleton and his crew.

    Very well narrated adding to the enjoyment of a well written book.

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    Wendy 02-07-16
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    "Incredible story of human perseverance!"

    This is an amazing, true story about a group of men who found themselves in a situation they could not have imagined and who all stuck together doing what they needed to survive.

    The reader does a great job of acting out each character in different voices and accents. It keeps you in suspense even though you may know the story.

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    Marcos mendes batan 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No fiction adventure story can top this true one"

    What a great story! It's almost unbelievable that they went through all of that and prevailed.
    The only downside is that the sequence of tribulations is almost unbearable at times.

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    D Steyer Orchard Park, NY 02-01-16
    D Steyer Orchard Park, NY 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic story about leadership and trust"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, heart-wrenching, triumphant!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably the fact that, for so many months, Schakelton's crew never really lost the belief and trust that the "boss" would never leave them behind under so difficult and constant unexpected circumstances. Schakelton's decision making process and his crew discipline in following them in good spirit is remarkable. As Priestly wrote in his diary: "For scientific leadership, give me Scott, for swift and efficient travel Amudsen, but when you are in a hopeless situation when there seems to be no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shakelton"


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

    This was the first one, but I have enjoyed it very much despite the slightly British accent (which actually gave the story an even more realistic perspective). Superb!!!


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

    It's hard to understand why, in some books like this one, we become reluctant to stop at some point and continue later, knowing that you are not going to miss anything. We just want to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, then search and watch some of the documentaries about that expedition. The fact that the crew photographer was able to collect so many images from that ordeal in such rough conditions, for so long, is absolutelly amazing. And back in 1915......... One more thing: it is hard not let a tear coming from your eyes with the last 5 minutes of the book. I can only imagine those moments... What an awesome book!!!!!!

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