©1998 by Jennifer Armstrong; (P)2000 Audio Bookshelf; Original Compositions ©1996 Brent Thompson
2000 Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Children's Spoken Word
"Mali's intense narration drives listeners of all ages to experience the severe weather, lack of food, and incredible demands of exploration and survival." (AudioFile)
This book is not as exhaustive as the other one on Audible (Endurence), but is still well done and includes some details and insight that the other doesn't. The narrator also tries to immatate the accents of various crew members, so there's Scottish accents, Australian, Cockney, Welsh, Canadian, and so forth. This definitely livens things up quite a bit, although the story is so riveting it doesn't need it.
I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting. I could not stop until the end.
While this is hardly a comprehensive account of the expedition ("Endurance" by Alfred Lansing is excellent in this regard, with much more detail and depth), I really prefer this telling -- very epic and cinematic.
My only criticism is the narration paled a bit in comparison to the narrative itself, but with material this inspiring that is a tall order -- and, frankly, I was so enrapt that I didn't even notice most of the time.
knowing it is a true story
the spirit and intefrity of the men on the ship
I haven't listened to and of Taylor's before but I will look for them now.
I particulary liked the part about the navigator being able to define their whereabouts in respect to longitude and latitude coordinates, using just the sun and a watch.
I listened with my son and was completely engaged with the story and the narration.
Historically accurate story,
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