• Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,901 ratings)

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Endurance

By: Alfred Lansing
Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
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Publisher's Summary

The year was 1915. Equipment and food supplies were totally inadequate. After battling its way for six weeks through thousands of miles of pack ice and located only a day's sail from its destination, the Endurance became locked inside an island of ice. Yet Ernest Shackleton enabled all 27 of his men to survive for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas - leadership without equal. This gripping account is based on contemporaneous diaries and interviews conducted by the author with these exceptional men.
©1959 Alfred Lansing (P)2000 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

Critic Reviews

"One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read [or hear]." (Chicago Tribune)
"One of the greatest adventure stories of our time." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • 07-28-03

Get the Unabridged one (also on Audible)

This incredible story should be heard in all its detail. This version is good; the unabridged one is phenomenal.

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The Best You'll Find

I truly enjoy reading the remarkable tales of unsung heroes in this world. Ernest Shackleton is one of them. Start to finish, this book kept me thinking, waiting, and imagining like few books ever have. Forget reality shows, forget mysteries... This book is a dose of "true reality and courage". Absolutely Fabulous!!

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The Apollo 13 Of Its Day

An extraordinary story, compellingly told. I found myself coming home from work and still listening in the driveway, riveted by the endless string of seemingly impossible challenges these brave explorers had to overcome. All of this without the benefit of radios, electricity and the like, to say nothing of a "Mission Control" to guide them. If you have any appreciation for the strength and nobility of the human spirit and will, you will enjoy this book.

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I looked forward to my commute

This must be the most incredible human survival story ever. A great tale. Probably the best Audible book I've ever bought. I found myself unable to get out of the car because I wanted to get to the next "page". The actual hardcover book does have some wonderful pictures and maps which make the story even better, but the Audible version was great nonetheless.

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INSPIRATIONAL!!

The hardiness of mankind when pushed to the absolute.

Best to follow along with Google Maps.
Made me feel as if I was at their side.

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Great tale of survival

This is a slow moving book that captures the slow and agonizing progress of the crew of the Endurance. It is very satisfying when you reach the end of their story.

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Abridged classic

An quick, enjoyable must hear if you have never heard of the Shackleton Expedition!

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When boats were made of wood, and men were made of steel.

First, the reader is very good with voice pitching to the moments in the book! Following the adventure of Shackleton and his crew aboard the Endurance and more, was utterly exhilarating and awe striking. Much more details and accomplishments than I had learned from any other documentary. What a feet to survive! If you like adventure and can appreciate the efforts of exploration, sailing and mountaineering this story is for you.

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Amazing story

great story and great narration as well, shackletons almost unbelievable survival story, i really enjoyed every minute.

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Absolutely Incredible True Story!!

Certainly one of the most incredible stories of human survival and endurance in history. You will constantly be amazed at how this Ill-fated Antarctic expedition refused to quit in the face of all the fierce obstacles in the harshest conditions on Earth.

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  • 01-22-23

A tremendous true story

I have read this more than once and find it so inspiring. An account of awesome perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties, a life lesson for all. I found this audio version really compliments the reading of the hard copy. The recording could be tidied up a bit, particularly in the chapter definition, but highly recommended nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-23

Well done

A well known story to me, told beautifully, about brave men who wouldn’t give up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-23

Endurance

This is the first book I have listened to, and would rate it absolutely awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-22

Wow

Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow.
You have to listen. Superbly written and narrated.

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  • merlin
  • 11-18-22

Captivating True Heroic

The voice is just right for 1914.
The story is of extraordinary and steadfast survival against all manner of obstacles and incidents.
I would not have liked to miss this rendition of normal men made great by the force of unfortunate circumstance and the will to help each other to live through an appalling accident of nature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-22

Absolutely magnificent

This has to be one of the all time best stories of adventure and survival. Wonderfully narrated too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-22

a reminder to stop complaining

incredible story. very much felt like I was there. extremely vivid. a great reminder to anybody who has access to Audible to stop complaining about insignificant things.

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  • Cathyk
  • 10-03-22

Loved it

Gripping from start to finish. True adventurers and amazing strength. Courage, fortitude, resilience and Endurance.

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  • Chris K.
  • 10-02-22

Fantastic

Incredible story. Really interesting and inspiring.
Narration is amazing and the subject matter and writing are absolutely riveting. Great story of exploration, tenacity and endurance. A must.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

A transformative experience

From the author’s writing to the narrators reading this has been one of the most moving literary experiences I’ve ever had. Cannot recommend this enough