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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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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 12-26-08 Member Since 2003

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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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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Now THIS is Edge-Of-Your-Seat Storytelling!"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 12-17-13
    brenty United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2008
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13 Member Since 2009

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    "WOW!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 10-20-12
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 10-20-12
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    "Spellbinding!"

    I thoroughly loved this book. I don't normally seek out these "true-life adventures" but the other reviews were so positive that I decided to give it a try. It was absolutely tremendous. It was so unbelievable that no one would even think of putting half of the things that happened into a novel. I literally spent every night during the time period I was listening to this book reflecting about the trials and tribulations of the men of the Endurance and wondering how I would do in similar circumstances. It was a profoundly emotional experience with this book.

    The writing is quite good and the narrator keeps the story moving along while keeping the "you are there" sense of the book.

    I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 05-18-12
    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 05-18-12

    I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!

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    "unbelievably good"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan poplarville, MS, United States 11-06-11
    Susan poplarville, MS, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2005

    work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.

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    "beyond belief true story"

    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.

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    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-20-11
    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-20-11

    Male. Mammal. High school equivalency graduate. I like fruit and I just got a haircut. I would describe myself as somewhere between Christmas and being buried alive.

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    "SHIVER ME TIMBERS - WHAT A RIPPING YARN!!"

    I was familiar with Shackleton's story, having read Caroline Alexander's book, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.

    Having read both, I am convinced that Lansing's is far better. If you read only one book on the subject, read this one instead of Caroline Alexander's book [Just to be fair to Caroline Alexander, I loved her book about the Mutiny on the Bounty and I wish that Audible would release it in unabridged length].

    Now on to the book itself. You can read many other reviews if you want a plot summary. In a nutshell, this is a story of survival and endurance nonpareil. I read this book because I was feeling sorry for myself at the time. I just finished the book and I no longer feel that way.

    The writing and narration are superb. I have read many audiobooks and this is one of my favorites. This book flew by and held my interest throughout.

    I am left with a keen interest to see the James Caird boat which is on display in the U.K.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2009
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-13-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    Excellent. It proves again that real life is often more incredible than fiction. This story is a testament to resilience of mankind.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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