©1959 Alfred Lansing; (P)2000 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
"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)
We share the same taste thereabouts.
This is a very good listen; because it reads like a novel I found myself having to remind myself that it all actually happened. It's a like a Jack London novel but for grown ups with added humour, factual detail and real characters.
What a fascinating and realistic story about the privations, resolve and ultimate success of a team of human beings surviving in the worst weather in the world. With each new problem the team seemed to grow stronger and I felt that the difficulties would ultimately overcome them, but no, not a chance. I was walking my dog in the woods when Shackleton and his men finally made it to South Georgia and it brought a tear to my eye. So, in the final chapter I actually gave a little cheer when everyone was safe. Marvellous!
I now understand the astonishing extent of the crew of the Endurance's achievement. This is often ascribed to Shackleton's leadership but what came through to me from this account was the importance of individuals working together with specialist skills and maintaining each others' morale. Tim Piggott-Smith is one of the best narrators, even when not much is happening, he keeps you enthralled.
I had heard in general terms about this adventure gone bad. But the actual events as depicted through this book which is based on the actual diaries of the members and crew of the Endurance are truly remarkable. The narration is well done. Listening to this actually made me purchase other books on the subject.
"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!!
"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.
"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.
"Good Leadership Lessons"
Another reviewer commented that this story was the Apollo 13 of its time. That is a perfect description. Beyond that, there are lots of leadership lessons one can take from "watching" Ernest Shackleton lead a group through a prolonged and difficult time. As the story is told, he maintained leadership and vision in extraordinary times.
"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.
"Entertaining and informative"
I listened to it while we were travelling to Antarcica and South Georgia so it was highly relevant.
Yes, although at times it felt a sounded a bit dreary compared to what I felt the story should have been.
The enduring power of the human spirit and the will to live.
The historical value of this tale is worth listening to. It is well read. I enjoyed it.
"Twenty eight men on a block of ice.."
Shackleton's story is a must. His story shows reality TV for the silliness it is. This is history at it's best. The author's use of the "men's" dairies is inspirating, captivating and entertaining. Originary men living extra-originary lives!
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