In August 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew set sail from England for Antarctica, where Shackleton hoped to be the first man to cross the uncharted continent on foot. Five months later, the Endurance—just a day's sail short of its destination-became locked in an island of ice, and its destiny and men became locked in history. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted until it was finally crushed, and 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.
Inspired by the ordeal that Time magazine said "defined heroism," author Alfred Lansing conducted interviews with the crew's surviving members and pored over diaries and personal accounts to create his bestselling book on the miraculous voyage.
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Incredible Story, Excellent Narration
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is an exciting, often breathtaking, story about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. I found myself amazed throughout the story at the hardships the men faced, and the challenges they overcame. The narrator is also the best I've ever heard for an audiobook, and there's never a moment when he sounds dull.
The only criticism I can offer is that the story fails to elaborate on the lives of the survivors once they made it back to England.
That said, I cannot recommend this book enough. You will not be disappointed.
Amazing story of determination to survive. I wonder if people are hardy enough to survive such an ordeal in modern times. They just don't seem to make people like Shackleton any more. Good book.
What a great story of courage and fortitude. A book every man should read. Even the greatest of fiction authors couldn't make up such a tale.