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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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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11
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    "Exceptional Story and excellent narration"

    I read this book long ago, but to rean and hear it is even better. The narration to me made these adventurers trials and tribulations come to life. These were men of great courage and resolve with nary a dissenter in the ranks. Their positive attitude even in the most dire situation is an example to today's negative viewpoint on life. Many can learn and see how others conquer adversity in the one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Castro Valley, CA, United States 07-12-10
    Robert Castro Valley, CA, United States 07-12-10 Member Since 2002
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    "A Powerful Reading of A Seminal Story"

    The story of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the most inspiring tales of human endeavour and leadership that can be found. I have read books on this subject many times and I was deeply impressed with Simon Prebble's narration. A "must listen"!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "No Fiction can match it."

    Great Story, on a great man.
    Any fiction story who would try to match it would be so unreliable.
    Strongly recommended

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    James Union, KY, United States 02-27-09
    James Union, KY, United States 02-27-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Incredible Story Well Told"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-12-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-12-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Exciting tale of survival (and narcissism)"

    This is an amazing tale of survival. It is riveting and, at points, agonizing. What's amazing is that it's a work of non-fiction. Truth is more fascinating than fiction at times because as Mark Twain is quoted as saying, unlike fiction, truth doesn't have to stick with what's possible.

    One interesting aspect of this story is how Shackleton, who the author calls a probable egomaniac and who we might say had a serous dose of narcissistic personality disorder, really cared about his men. Maybe he did so for selfish reasons, but I'd prefer to think he did so for the right reasons.

    Also interesting was how many of these gents were early proponents of relentlessly positive thinking. I have my doubts about this approach, but there's no doubt that it helped these men do as well as they did.

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    Tim United States 02-01-14
    Tim United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "True Survival"

    "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.

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    brenty United States 12-17-13
    brenty United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Methodical and merciless"

    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.

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    TM 12-05-13
    TM 12-05-13

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    "A Visceral Listening Experience"
    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I cannot conceive of a more perfect voice for the narration of this book and the performance was absolutely captivating. Thank you for the privilege of having such an incredible story, read to me by such a skillful performer. Fantastic!


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

    I found myself so immersed in this audiobook that my family had to endure my exhibiting the following behaviors:

    - pacing the room
    - crying out "Nooooo!"
    - sitting in my car in the driveway, in the dark, alone, listening to the end of chapters
    - giggling with joy and relief
    - crying out "Nooooo!" again


    Any additional comments?

    This is the new king of my now extensive audiobook collection. I wish I could completely forget the story, so I could listen to it anew - all over again!

    Endurance was the name of their ship and soon became their only path to survival, but this is not an audiobook you will have to endure, it is an immersive masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 11-18-13
    Betty 11-18-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing story!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!


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  • Roland
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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.

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  • janien
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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.

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  • Catherine Simmons
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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

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    Wilrijk, België
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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

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  • C. WATT
    Aberdeen UK
    3/24/15
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    "Everyone should read/ listen to this!"

    This incredible story is wonderfully written by Langsing and there couldn't be a better narrator for it, Prebble really brings the story to life.

    Each chapter is more suspenseful than the last, no matter if you're into exploration or not, no one can fail to be gripped by what truly is the greatest adventure story ever told.

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  • S. Morris
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    "Beyond Human Endurance"

    This book is simply astonishing in its recounting of Shackleton's ill fated crossing of the South Pole in 1914 - 1916. Having heard of Shackleton but never having actually understood let alone read the account of his endeavours I was enthralled by this incredible story of human endurance and the will to survive.

    The book is well constructed with excellent pros and narrated superbly. A quick note on narration; Even the best stories can be marred or rendered lifeless with poor narration. Fortunately, Simon Prebble's narration skills are truly fit for the telling of such an epic story and lends classic gravitas and competence second to none of all the narrators I've listened too - an I have listened to a lot.

    This book really captures the essence of the struggles and how dire the situation became by inserting various diary entries from members of the expedition to further illustrate the human story.

    I think that the calibre, resourcefulness, courage, strength and sheer endurance of such men have long since passed into history and we'll never see the like of them again.

    next time you think you've had a bad day, try giving this book a read to see what truly bad is.

    Highly recommended.

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  • sean
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    "great stuff"

    great stuff got me abit lost in the end when the two teams split up

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  • Mr T.
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    "fantastic"

    This was the best exploration book I jave evwr read. strongly recommend to anyone who likes that age of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
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    "A suspenseful and sensitive account."

    It is utterly amazing to me, someone used entirely to creature comforts and the modern world, that these men were even willing to set out on their expedition. What they had to endure in order to survive and the decisions they had to make seem unimaginable as I sit here on my sofa listening.

    Endurance is a very well written account of these men's adventures. Filled with suspense and pace I listened to the whole 10 hour book in just two sittings and was riveted throughout.

    The narrator, Simon Prebble, is perfect! I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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