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4.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 5 4.39 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alfred Lansing Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455188642
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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 in the world 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Endurance is one of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Defined heroism.”

    Time

  • “Without doubt a classic, rousing tale of the heroic age of exploration.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Shackleton’s Antarctic voyage aboard Endurance is one of the most extraordinary tales of heroism and determination in the history of exploration. Lansing draws on the journals of the crew: their nobility of purpose, their disagreements, their determination, their irrepressible cheer, and their admiration for and unwavering belief in their commander. Simon Prebble gives each a unique voice, from Cockney to Scot. He ambles engagingly through the calmer moments of the narrative and grabs the listener by the lapels when the going gets rough, as it did more times than the ordinary person would be able to endure. Even if you know the story well, Prebble’s narration will bring to life the despair, elation, and sheer will of these men to survive, and to triumph, together.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Audible Pick of 10 Books Listeners Are Raving About This Month

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/15/2014

    " An utterly unbelievable tale of human survival. If you are an adventurer or outdoorsy person this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorenandkatie Huggins | 2/8/2014

    " I was fortunate enough to read this book while on a Coast Guard Ice Breaker in the Antarctic. What an amazing and inspiring story of what determined people are capable of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torkel | 2/5/2014

    " The title says it all. Intense & suspenseful, and full of an incredible will to live and endure against all odds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Boord | 2/1/2014

    " More than just an incredible adventure story and tale of survival, this book is incredibly well-written and paced more like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/1/2014

    " A great story of leadership and perserverance. If Shackleton can survive the Antarctic, then it makes you think you can handle anything life throws at you. One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Finke | 1/19/2014

    " I was cold the entire time I read it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 1/15/2014

    " gripping. good to read in hot weather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/7/2014

    " The benchmark for freezing on ice-caps stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 1/5/2014

    " An incredible story of survival and british phlegm in the face of certain death. A book that will make you feel feeble and spoilt, yet inspired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Chamberlain | 12/20/2013

    " Incredibly good read. A ridiculous story of survival and luck. Strongly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/16/2013

    " I thought it very factual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 12/14/2013

    " OMG this book was amazing, kept me at the edge of my seat and left me in tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/9/2013

    " If you like survival stories this may be the most epic one ever recorded! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami | 11/11/2013

    " I could not put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gus | 8/30/2013

    " Fascinating story. Well written with painstaking detail that worked effectively to making you feel you we're along for the horrible ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 7/15/2013

    " Shackleton's voyage to Antarctia in 1916 was doomed after his ship got stranded in the polar ice. He and his men start out to try and save themselves and ended up surviving a year long odyssey. Truly fascinating and a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2013

    " I loved this book. It really inspired me to read of those men's stamina and survival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliciabequette | 6/14/2012

    " an amazing piece of history. unbelievable strength, trust and will by a group of early adventurers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 2/20/2012

    " Amazing story of courage! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/20/2012

    " This was an amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Burns | 1/19/2012

    " This is one of the most incredible books, and stories, you will ever read. You can't believe it is not fiction. Gives you great perspective. These guys are living on ice flows wearing wool! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr Moab | 10/25/2011

    " I would not have survived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murat Egrikavuk | 10/10/2011

    " What an adventure. A great memorable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 7/17/2011

    " One of the most influential books of my youth. It fascinated me that these men could survive such an ordeal. I developed a life long interest in the sea and in polar expedition stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 7/1/2011

    " This was a fascinating book; I enjoyed reading it. Coincidentally, the very day I finished reading the book, the movie "Endurance" was on TV. I was up at the cabin, so I snuggled in to watch it. (It was quite true to the book.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrystal | 6/21/2011

    " An almost unbelievable story of some of the strong-willed, ingenious men that marked earlier generations. The book was a little hard to get settled into, but once the expedition was under way, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/17/2011

    " Not hooked yet, waiting to see what happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bobby | 6/8/2011

    " powerful saga. great book for managers and aspiring ones. i use in my classroom often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shalane | 6/3/2011

    " Absolutely amazing story, everybody should read this! Dan and I read it out loud and we couldn't put it down. The author does a really good job telling the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/2/2011

    " Even the repeated cycle of surviving each day can become mundane, but for the most part, Endurance successfully drags the reader through the suspenseful account of a true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 5/16/2011

    " Heroic is not a big enough word to describe this story of survival when everything--literally everything--goes wrong in one of the most unforgiving environments on earth.

    My only complaint is that reading this book made it harder for me to feel sorry for myself when I had a cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/16/2011

    " I sat on my porch and cried as I finished this book! An amazing story of friendship, teamwork and survival. Beautiful.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 5/15/2011

    " One of the best 2 or 3 books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 5/13/2011

    " gripping. good to read in hot weather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 5/12/2011

    " a truly incredible story, and the leader actually worked his ass off to bring his crew back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 5/10/2011

    " Wow! What a great story. A case where real life is stranger than fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 5/9/2011

    " wow. not the best book ever written, but truly an incredible story!! i kept reading b/c i needed to know how it ended. it's a testament to mans will to survive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aran | 5/6/2011

    " Got a little boring after a while... Just glad I'm not trapped at the South Pole, I guess. "

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About the Author

Alfred Lansing (1921–1975), a native of Chicago, was a journalist and writer. After serving in the Navy, he majored in journalism at Northwestern University. He edited a weekly newspaper until 1949, then joined the United Press, and in 1952 became a freelance writer.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.