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As war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the Pole. But their initial optimism was short-lived as ice floes closed around their ship, gradually crushing it and marooning twenty-eight men on the polar ice. Alone in the world's most unforgiving environment, Shackleton and his team began a brutal quest for survival. And as the story of their journey across treacherous seas and a wilderness of glaciers and snow fields unfolds, the scale of their courage and heroism becomes movingly clear.

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Charles
  • Fayetteville, NC, United States
  • 10-01-12

This is a must read.

If there were 10 books that one must read during their lifetime this is one. Leadership, courage and a level head with extraordinary leadership. Anyone who leads whether in business or a family can learn from Shackleton's way.

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A REMARKABLE STORY OF COURAGE AND INNOVATION!

Man's eternal drive to explore and understand the nature of his planetary space ship has never been more eloquently told. Shackleton's genius extends beyond the scientific. Nowhere do you find demonstrated the art of leadership than in the life story of Sir Earnest. A inspiring and rewarding read. LaMar M. Fox, M.D.

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Great book! Lots of details! Write it down! Map!

Great starter on the subject. Get excited ! There are lots on the way to get close the spirit of our great example of leadership.

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  • Ricci
  • 07-29-12

Non-fiction outshining fiction

Marvellous. Ernest Shackleton’s own log from his failed attempt to traverse Antarctica. It’s practically all maritime. We learn about the many different kinds of ice & its weird effects, the ship and boats, the sea, the uncanny penguins, the dogs, and each member of the crew and the unbelievable ways they cheated death. The killer whales and the beach of Elephant Island are the stuff of nightmares. . Non fiction easily outshining fiction.

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  • Joseph
  • 09-12-13

Truly Magnificent

I first read this account in a 1971 hard back edition. I have read it several times since and now I listen to it. It really is one of the most thrilling and magnificent stories of determination, courage and stress management I have ever had the joy to share. A two year mission cut short before it even starts by bad luck, the elements turning on you with a savage vengeance, no food or resources, a map two compasses and a sextant. No sun for months and a 2000 mile walk into the 40 below zero wind pulling several half ton boats across the ice.

Frost bit, hunger, exhaustion and above all courage. From simple ordinary men thousands of miles from home. No radio, no air support, no one even knows you’re in such distress yet. You will be dead before they even know you’re missing. But Shackleton kept this team alive. Feats of navigation that cannot even be simulated now. Seamanship that defies all understanding, but above all a will to survive and a determination to lead.

Perhaps we are now too cynical and sophisticated for such a story? And then I remind myself again, this is not fiction its fact. This is courage and adventure and leadership at its best. Written in real time from the diary kept diligently by the great man himself. Dump everything he said before the march across the ice. Where we are going even gold is worthless. But keep your diaries, if dying is the last thing we do, I want the world to find it didn't happen without a fight.

Get it, listen to it. It really will change your character for the better.

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  • Deborah
  • 10-04-17

fantastic endeavour

the story is what I expected though it took me a long time to get into it and I found it quite easy two doze off to the reader. weather reader is very in Keeping with time period of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-16

Wonderfully Told Bringing History To Life

Apsolutely loved it had me gripped and at the same time I was awe of these brave young men and their superhuman tenacity

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  • IAN E DAVIS
  • 03-03-16

amazing

loved it. the narration was fantastic, extremely evocative of the time and spirit of the men involved in this sounding story.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-08-15

Fascinating, inspiring but a bit long.

A classic story of survival.. but quite drawn out, very technical towards the end.

I'd recommend reading until the end of Shackleton's diary, at that point only keep going if you're really desperate for more.

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  • Jodie
  • 04-11-13

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An account of a scarily real expedition. Some parts weren’t as exciting as others, describing some monotony / uneventfulness in the days and listing store items, causing me to tune out at times. It did describe the environment well, enabling you to visualise how it must of felt. I also leant quite a bit from the book such as navigation, sailing terms, ways to protect self in harsh environments, and geography. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but not one I would repeatedly listen to. i'd recommend this to anyone who likes survival stories.

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