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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Awesome!

read this book years ago, and to this day, thouroughly enjoyed it! Try reading The Long Walk, A Trek To Freedom

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must read

What an amazing story! My very favorite part of the story and the description of Shackelton's courage and daring was at the end when three of the men needed to hike across an island that had never been traversed before. Amazing moments that the author and the reader just brought to life. How those men lived through those hardest of times. I think I will read it again!

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Phenomenal story!

A phenomenal book. Well acted top notch. Keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.

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One of the Best Audible Stories I've Ever Read

This was an amazing book...one of those stories that kept me sitting in the car, listening to see what type of trial or catastrophe would happen next...and how Shackleton and his men would face it.

The narration was perfect and sat the proper tone for the content.

I can't recommend this story highly enough.

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  • Jerrbear
  • Post Falls, ID United States
  • 11-25-17

The story will have you praying for the characters

This is an amazing history of survival in the face of impossible odds. The manner in which devastating events are superimposed upon living conditions that produced extreme suffering is awe inspiring. Imperfect as it is, I highly recommend this book to history lovers.

This book contains a much fuller rendering of the story of the expedition than the Nova episode on this subject, which omitted much detail and left out entire episodes faced by these brave men. For example, there is no mention in the Nova account of a rogue wave that nearly doomed the expedition at one point.

I found two major elements lacking from the book. The first, a matter of perspective, was the hand of God in the survival of this party. Time and time again through the book, the men are miraculously saved from death by some freak occurrence, but it is all ascribed to luck, not the deliverance by a caring God. Their survival rate defies the odds in a way that is breath-taking.

The second element that disappointed me was the failure to record the aftermath of the rescue; the reentry of the men into a war-torn society, the likes of which none of them had never seen. At least one of them was killed in action on a ship two years later. I feel like the story is incomplete.

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They don’t make them like that anymore

A story about men from a different era. They were part of the worlds “Great Generation” and survived. Guts and optimism, combined with a savvy leader allowed them to survive.

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Aptly Titled!

It was slow going at the start, especially because I didn’t realize it was going to be a narrated documentary, but the story is so absorbing, the trials these men suffered and what they overcame to survive is incredible. Every time they overcame an obstacle an even worse one was put in place. Unbelievable journey. Stick with it, you won’t be sorry you did.

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Incredible Story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The only trouble I had was hitting the stop button when I had other things to do. I finished it with a 3 hour run to the end.

The narrator brought each of the characters to life with his use of accent and dialect particular to each of the men that made up this common, yet extraordinary crew of the Endurance.

It was easy to get inserted into the scenes painted in my mind with each of the incredibly clear descriptions presented as the journey changed from one of adventure and conquest to one of survival.

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Good read for long drive

Good book for a long drive. It took a while to get into but after a while we were hooked. To enjoy this you should like survival and hardship stories.

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Words fail me! Quite brilliant!

I listened without interruption for 11 straight hours..experiencing every moment, every disappointment, every accomplishment however small but every one of immense importance..thru storms of unimaginable ferocity, terrain utterly unforgiving and human hardships endured and overcome by sheer force of will and determination.. I was there...completely transported, and living every moment. Alfred Lansing and Simon Prebble have quite literally delivered the perfect audible experience. Thank You!