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Endurance Audiobook

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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    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 02-14-17
    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 02-14-17 Member Since 2016

    "Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."

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    "There appears every so often a story..."

    This is a tale of courage and adventure equivalent to any classic adventure book, from the Hobbit to Dune. The thing that makes it even more excellent is it's 100% factual, and read with great conviction and aplomb by the narrator. You'd be hard pressed to find a more thrilling and essential addition to your audible library, regardless of your normal audible fare.

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    David A Webb 02-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Endurance?

    Unbelievable tale of perseverance and tenacity! I only hope that I would have that kind of endurance in face of terrible hardships.


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    Justin Bellars Tucson, Arizona United States 02-09-17
    Justin Bellars Tucson, Arizona United States 02-09-17
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    "Incredible indeed!"

    A captivating story. If you find yourself at a point where you are overwhelmed by your own circumstances, you might find this story incredibly cathartic to listen to, because of the trying, seemingly impossible situations which these rugged individuals aspire to endure.

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    Rudolph 02-06-17
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    "Gripping"

    Held my attention. So well written and read. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. Wish there was a postscript.

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    DAVID SHAPIRO 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story"

    Great narrative made the story even more interesting. A story that has no equivalent today. I'm going to listen again.

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    Morgan 02-03-17
    Morgan 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Endurance is a perfect title because this book takes endurance to finish."

    Boring book. Let me summarize...they get stranded and stay stranded. The whole this is doom and gloom until and uneventful rescue.

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    Timo 02-01-17
    Timo 02-01-17
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    "The Most Incredible Adventure Ever"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    The best part of Endurance starts when they set off from Antarctica, and then it gets more and more exciting until the end. Being aware of its non-fictional nature, the story is really impressive to listen. I also liked that detail in the story, as names, dates and coordinates were all included. Endurance is a really breath-taking and unique book, and I would give the story one extra star if that was possible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank Worsley for his outstanding navigation and sailing skills in such difficult conditions. Ernest Shackleton's leadership and problem solving skills are also admirable.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Prebble manages to create a thrilling atmosphere. He was a really good choice for reading this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Most Incredible Adventure Ever


    Any additional comments?

    it was some years ago when I bought several audio books to improve my English listening skills, and Endurance was one of them. In the beginning the storing didn't feel that interesting, but when the breath-taking voyage from Antarctica started I couldn't stop listening. This is a book you want to listen more than once.

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    Quin 01-31-17
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    "Good read!"

    I can't believe I don't ever remember learning about Shackleton and his crew! What amazing men! This story is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. Loved it!

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    J. Williams 01-30-17
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    "Wow!!!!"

    One of the best stories that I've ever read. A story of endurance, the human capability of normal people to overcome all odds. What a great narrative of leadership, the power of optimism and unyielding focus.

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    Dana Lawrence 01-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping"

    An enthralling true story, around WW I, of 27 men, who find their ship hopelessly trapped in Antarctic ice in the Weddell Sea, with no ability to contact the outside world, floating endlessly on sea ice, yet with a grim determination to survive somehow. If our lives were repeatedly threatened how would we act? What would we do?Who are we really, when all our façade is stripped away? How can 27 disparate and desperate men get along despite their crushing fears and personality quirks day after day, week after week, month after month? At what point does leadership overstep its bounds to the detriment of the group? These are some of the gripping questions wrestled with throughout this amazing adventure!!

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