Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £11.99

Buy Now for £11.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

In 2018, Captain Louis Rudd, MBE, walked into the history books when he finished a solo, unsupported crossing of Antarctica, pulling a 130kg-sledge laden with his supplies for more than 900 miles. Louis’ skills had been honed in the SAS, on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, but now - in the most hostile environment on Earth - they would be tested like never before. Alone on the ice, Louis battled through whiteouts, 50-mph gales and temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius. It would take all his mental strength to survive.

In this gripping book, Louis reveals how a thirst for adventure saw him join the Royal Marines at 16 and then pass the SAS selection course at only 22. He describes his first gruelling polar expedition with legendary explorer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley in 2011 and the leadership challenges he faced a few years later when he led a team of Army Reservists across Antarctica. And he takes us with him step by painful step as he pushes himself to the limit, travelling alone on his epic and lonely trek across the continent’s treacherous ice fields and mountains. 

With edge-of-the-seat storytelling, Endurance is an awe-inspiring account of courage and resilience by a remarkable man.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Captain Louis Rudd (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"Resilience and tenacity against the odds. An extraordinary tale of bravery, written with humility by the toughest of the tough." (Levison Wood)

"Gipping pulse-racing adventure by a true legend. Louis Rudd's courage and determination is admirable." (Andy McNab)

"Capt Rudd is an inspiration to us all, I believe his name will go down in polar history." (Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE)

What listeners say about Endurance

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    210
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    188
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    185
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very exciting read

This has to be one of the best books I have listened to, the story of this guys life and polar expeditions was very entertaining, and a real honest account too, explaining that even the best prepared and well trained people can make mistakes. So good I actually listened to the last few chapters for a 2nd time.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Phenomenal - just buy it.

I was hooked on this from the start. Louis Rudd is as interesting as he is likeable... Very! His narration brings this to life. There is no ego either. I've read/listened to so many adventure type books and you always feel there is an element of boasting, but I didn't get that with Endurance. Just a truly authentic and humble insight into another world.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beyond belief!

Mankind would never have developed without men like Captain Rudd. Louis,I salute you. A great book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

cool book

Excellent Would recommend Makes you want to get out and Xplorer the world Amazing book


1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

phenomenal

Fantastic listening. Gripping, tense and sometimes funny. I strongly recommend this roller coaster ride.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good listen, bit repetitive

inspiring story about a true adventurer. if you are into polar expeditions, this is the book for you. certain elements of the book felt a bit dragged out and repetitive

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Immersive read

An immersive read from start to finish, struggled to put it down. I highly recommend.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Epic

What a fantastic listen it's so inspiring and read by a absolute legend, I would give this more stars if I could

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

epic

gripping from start to finish... sad this audiobook is over, but grateful for the author sharing his fantastic experiences! highly recommend.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

We salute you Captain!

I have never really understood the purpose of personal expeditions to the Poles, sailing around the globe etc. Having listened to this book by Louis Rudd and what he endured I still do not understand. That said, his mental attitude in coping with adversity (albeit self-inflicted) is an inspiration to imitate in the many adversities Providence brings into our lives. However, the one thing more than any other which has me salute Captain Rudd is not so much his endurance but the way he comes across in the book as a very sporting, agreeable human being. There was not a hint of rancour, nor refreshingly for a book of this genre, no bad language throughout but rather an officer and a gentleman in the old school style of a captain. There is much to recommend this book, but perhaps not treks to Antarctica.