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)
Great Story, on a great man.
Any fiction story who would try to match it would be so unreliable.
What a great story. This book is worth the money. I find it quite interesting that this happened almost 100 years ago. The true depth of human character and willpower is displayed throughout this book. I wonder if we still have that kind of heart in today's society.
A re-telling of a true story that reads more like a novel. You gain incredible respect for the survival skills of pre-techno man. Although the book is 50 years old, you have no sense of it being dated while listening to it and after the telling, you hit Wiki to learn more. Highly recommend.
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"Endurance" is a true survival story about Shackleton and his crew being shipwreck by a iceberg and being lost in the sea for almost two years. This is one of the best stories that I've heard because it really happened. Just imagine being on a broken ship without a radio and just floating with the current for months.
The crew was totally lost in the ocean. It was like the blind leading the blind. Their only hope was their captain trying to navigate without any direction in 1914. It's a remarkable story that you cannot forget. I'm really glad this was a true story and they all got rescued at the end.
If it was a fictional tale by an author, typing away behind a desk, the reviews for this book would been very different. What truly amazing is the diaries from all of the crew for the author to write this book.
I now understand the punchlines of Shackleton jokes.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Endurance is, quite possibly, the best of all my audiobooks. You know how the story's going to turn out, but it's still a breathless journey through a nightmare of a situation. I kept finding myself shouting, "Shackleton!" throughout my day, much to my husband's dismay. But you're so immersed, you can't help but drag it through your current existence. Recently on PBS, they've shown "Chasing Shackleton," but the journey of those men is as nothing to Shackleton and his men's situation. And the show has swelling background music that the audiobook doesn't need to convey drama or severity. Extraordinary. And Simon Prebble's narration is flawless in his delivery. Who else could deliver subtle variations in voice, tone, pacing that the story hinges on, like he can here?
I liked that, though I knew about the history of their quest and their plight, I certainly didn't know the specifics of their ordeal. This audiobook flows like only the best literature can. It's an edge-of-your-seat read/listen and you will find yourself blown away by the tenacity of the men, and by their resourcefulness.
I particularly enjoyed the way the men kept a semblance of "normalcy" in horrific circumstances. Who else, but Shackleton, would encourage cheer and playfulness on Christmas. And there's one part, during the daring voyage to St. George, where, after brutal, bitter conditions, the men are so relieved by the minor, minor lifting of terrifying weather, that they're joyful, and they seem like they're out for a jaunt, picnickers on a spring day. I stopped all my sniveling about cold weather after I got through that scene.
Oh, I had extreme reactions all over the place. THIS is what a five-star audiobook is! Utter transportation to somewhere I had no idea ever existed. You feel the joy of the men, their resignation. You feel their fear, and you come to love some of them so much, you feel fear for them. Exhilarating, I tell you!
Spend your credit on this book, buy it outright, whatever! Just give yourself the gift to this wonderful journey and enjoy! You'll be thinking of it long after you're finished listening.
I enjoyed this book, but it took me a bit. I only say that because I found "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong to be more engrossing.
This is a very comprehensive account of the expedition ("Shipwreck" is more cinematic and prosaic, where this book is more of a documentary), and it was great to get more in depth with the true tale of an incredible expedition.
My only criticism is that the book is a bit on the dry side (which, as a historical account, can be expected to some extent), but the narration was wonderful and managed to really pull me in in spite of the text itself.
After watching a documentary on the Endurance, I had to read the book. I purchased it for my kindle and added this audible edition. Simon Prebble does a fine reading (as always). It took so many miracles for all of these men to survive the treacherous conditions of Antarctica. A thrilling and chilling survival story.
I'm so glad I read this book. A great piece of history, I now also get the jokes on the Daily Show referring to Shackleton, a side benefit. I have recommended this book to others, and they have enjoyed it also. Well written and Mr. Prebble is always great!
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
Wow. This was an incredible story of courage, optimism and grit. Easy to listen to the narrator's voice & the story line keeps you on the edge of your seat! Recommend!
work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
loved this book. Gripping from start to finish, and even more amazing to think it is all true. These were some incredibly tough men. I truly liked the character studies that made the adventure of this experience come alive. Very highly recommend.
"The title says it all"
Yes, Simon Prebble's narration was perfect for the book
The ses crossing to South Georgia from Elephant Island
The crossing of the interior of South Georgia - simply incredible with the equipment they had - but then they had just done the impossible, getting to South Georgia in a small boat across one of the most hazardous stretches of sea in the world
More the latter. That everyone survived...more or less...is astounding.
The story is largely based on diary extracts from the members of the expedition so it is very detailed at times; perhaps too much so, which is why i only gave the book 4 stars. The book perhaps flatters Shackleton more than some others have done so, but gives a great sense of the expedition and the enormous pressures involved in leading it throughout the many travails faced.
It's hard to imagine a time when the world was unexplored and free from the trinkets of modern day life we all take for granted. Read this book and take a step back to when exploration was a life and death choice, witness the bravery of the people who took part, their resilience in the face of adversity and the ultimate awesome nature of what they did. This is a no holds barred epic story of achievement, resourcefulness and hope, which I'd recommend to anyone looking for a good book.
Why four stars overall? Well, the one thing that I noticed, other than how much I enjoyed the story, was that it had elements that, to a degree, repeated themselves. Was this bad? Not really. What it did do was emphasize the pace and mix of life on the ice. The story would probably have been poorer if it had been more precised. But, it was the one thing that occasionally made me want the next chapter of the story to unfold.
Don't let it put you off. Also, great narration.
"story of a heroic expedition"
clever use of tension/timing -- story starts with the disaster, then we learn about the people involved.
good vocal range, easy to keep listening to
the moment of arrival at the whaling base (even though I do know the historical story anyway)
One of the best books I have ever read, I don't think I've ever been so emotionally invested in a book. The narration is so well paced and exciting, incredible detail but not overloaded so as to remove you from the story. A brilliant account of a truly spectacular journey.
Brilliantly read, perfect voice for this book. His voices give the men real character but are not overdone. He builds tension perfectly and speaks at a good pace.
"Where's the drama?"
What Shackleton and his team went through when their ship got trapped in the ice is an amazing story of survival and endurance; however I found this performance flat and monotonous. The narration is clear and read without any accented voices, which you might expect of a non-fiction book. Unfortunately this turns a dramatic story into a dull listen with little variation. The same tone is used for basic descriptions of supplies and heart wrenching moments such as when the team decide to loose the dogs. Overall disappointing.
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