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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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    James Crawley 02-22-10
    James Crawley 02-22-10
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    "Wow!"

    A fantastically well read and exciting story! Unputdownable too! From about the middle of the first part I had to keep on listening, Simon Prebble's narration is riveting

    20 of 24 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 Member Since 2007
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 08-10-10
    Sher from Provo Utah 08-10-10 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "More unbelievable than fiction"

    A beautifully written book about an unbelievable adventure. I just can't believe what these guys went through, and that all of them lived to tell about it is beyond belief. I felt like I was right there with them through the whole ordeal. If you like survival stories, this one will rock your sox.

    Great narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 03-11-10 Member Since 2016
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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

    9 of 11 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 2017

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 12-17-13
    brenty United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 11-20-09
    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 11-20-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Moving"

    This is one of the most impressive, moving stories of bravery, endurance and brotherhood I have ever experienced. Very aptly named as it is a story of unparalleled endurance through hardships and uncertainty. Moved me to tears as the story concluded. Similar to themes in Into Thin Air and Shadow Divers.

    Narration was perfect: engaging, with emotion. Highly recommend.

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    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 07-25-13
    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "gripping freezing penguin eating tale"

    fantastic story...and true. Maybe the best casting of voice and story I've listened after several hundred books..at the top of my list

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 08-16-12
    Aaron 08-16-12

    Loving the fact that I am "reading" books again, and a lot of them!

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    "One of the best books on Audible, without a doubt"

    I didn't know anything about Ernest Shackleton or the Endurance when I started this book, and I have no idea how that could have been. This story is SO AMAZING that it should be on every school reading list in the world. The events that unfolded in the voyage of the crew of the Endurance are frightening and yet awe-inspiring at every corner. I am impressed with the discipline, camaraderie, strength, and endurance that those men showed in surviving long enough to make it back to civilization.

    Alfred Lansing does an incredible job of bringing the story to life. His writing is superb, and even poetic. His descriptions left my mouth hanging open and my mind swirling with images, sounds, and feelings on many, many occasions. Simon Prebble also does a world-class job as narrator. He adopts a different accent and manner of speech for each of the crew, bringing them to life as if they themselves were reading their journal entries. His voice carries all of the emotion and wonder and sorrow that the author could possibly ever have hoped to convey. Very well done, gentlemen.

    I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie yet. With today's special effects they could really bring it to life.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-10-17
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-10-17 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Put On Your Down Jackets and Listen!"

    Tossing around the idea of getting this audiobook? Go for it. It's just another of those great books that sat too long in my library while I picked other, "more compelling" books to listen to (not!)

    This true story documented by Alfred Lansing has everything. The story is impeccably researched using the men's day-to-day diaries. I felt like I was right there with them and started looking around for my down parka and vest. I could imagine so well what the daily grind was like, the discomfort, the hopefulness eventually fading to alarm and fear, the hunger, the tedium, and the seemingly endless misery.

    As I continued, I gained a new found appreciation and admiration of Ernest Shackleton, the boat owner and captain of the polar expedition. As far as I am concerned, he is someone to be remembered, honored, and emulated for the expert way he led his men. He took care of all of their needs as best as he could and worked so diligently to keep the morale up. It appears he came from a time when moral fiber was more evident and more valued than it is today. (So sad for us.)

    The story had different segments, all intriguing. We learn of how the expedition was conceived, the early parts up to the ship getting hopelessly stuck in the polar ice, the need for leaving the ship as the crushing ice floes prepared to take the ship down, camping on ice floes that were being destroyed gradually as their ship had previously been, the treks with the three heavy lifeboats, and Shackleton's attempt to rescue his men by using a rickety lifeboat that just should not have been able to survive the world's most treacherous seas. This last part was particularly engaging, and I get the feeling that miracles were occurring, deservedly so.

    Add to this great true story an expert narrator, Simon Prebble, and you have an unforgettable listening experience. Prebble is such a pleasure to listen to that I simply must search out other books read by him. Lansing and Prebble combined to make one of my most memorable listening experiences.

    So, if you have been undecided on this book, I say go for it.

    (And if you love it as much as I did, continue on and get "Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World" by Joan Druett. This book details the true and intriguing story of two simultaneous shipwrecks and survival stories occurring in the Auckland Islands in the 1860's, equally well written and performed.)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    5/10/17
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    "Gripped!"

    I've read the paper book and seen a film about this amazing story but to hear it told in this much detail is just brilliant. If you like the famous story of Shackleton and his amazing journey then this is for you! The narrator had me totally hooked.

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  • ObsessedwithGadgets
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    "Wonderful"

    Incredible story of what is surely the greatest story of endurance and survival ever told. Beautifully narrated. Absolutely riveting.

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  • Geoffrey Turner
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    "Amazing achievement, brilliant story."

    Very moving story of how, in a titanic struggle of man verses nature, Shackleton and his crew survive against all the odds to evade death and accomplish an impossible journey.

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  • matt
    3/23/17
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the greatest stories ever told of endurance and hope 100% recommend I didn't want it to end.

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  • Neil
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    "Epic story. Very modern telling."

    I didn't know a great deal beyond the basic facts prior to listening to this. It is an extraordinary story and both brilliantly told and narrated.

    I felt that Shackleton was a slightly aloof, peripheral character throughout the book, but this gave scope for the heroism and endurance of all of the men to come through.

    Superb history!

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  • Craig Gilmour
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    "Unbelievable"

    Couldn't get enough of this, blew me away; a remarkable tale of human endurance and courage.

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  • Matt
    Zurich
    11/15/16
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    "A most apt title, both for the ship and story!"

    I wasn't familiar with the story of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, so this played out like a true fictional drama to me-I had to keep reminding myself that the experiences of the crew were all too real. A truly incredible story, the feat of insurmountable spirit and endurance shown by these 'normal' men is inspirational. Even if you are familiar with the story I am sure the details of the trials faced and overcome won't be diminished. Awesome in the truest sense and narrated wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reggie
    10/16/16
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    "2016/1916. Hundred years ago. ?"

    Extraordinary journey that should be celebrated, especially this year.
    It's impossible to believe that all survived due to the self belief and tenacity of one man who somehow galvanised a group of men to keep believing they would prevail.
    Proper leadership. Humbling.
    Terrifically read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren Banks
    10/15/16
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    "Tough men"

    Great book, I can't believe how mentally and physically tough those men were, glad I got this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TERESA
    10/10/16
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    "Fascinating"

    The story was told through the memoir of a handful of the crew . There was a great combination of perspectives to give the reader the essence of the enormity of the adventures

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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