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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Shackleton Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1911, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to lead the first expedition across Antarctica, the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months, Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed, marooning him and his crew.

This gripping first-hand account follows Shackleton and his men on their harrowing journey back to civilization: over 600 miles of unstable ice floes on foot, 850 miles of the worst seas in an open 22-foot boat, and then 20 miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization.

An astonishing story that explores the limits of human courage, Shackleton’s South ranks among history’s greatest adventures.

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  • “Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew make today’s high-tech adventurers look like dilettantes…One of the most harrowing survival stories of all time.”

    Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and War

  • “One of the great adventure stories…a rousing read.”

    New York Times

  • “Geoffrey Howard’s splendid rendition conveys the genuine drama of the story without succumbing to false dramatics. His Shackleton has a deep-voiced charm; he is witty, calm and, most important, masterly in a crisis. In short, Howard’s Shackleton sounds exactly as we imagine an explorer should sound.”


  • “Howard’s reading conveys both the urgency and the hope as Shackleton makes decisions on cutting rations and killing dogs, where to camp and when to press on.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tom Darrow | 2/18/2014

    " You would never have thought that one of the greatest adventure stories of all time could be written about in such a dull way. Has about as much interest as the Antarctic landscape through which he and his men were passing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Curtiss | 2/17/2014

    " The story of Sir Ernest Shakleton's 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition as told by Shackleton himself; in a concise but detailed style, as a transcript of events which were being recorded for posterity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Balaji Soundararajan | 2/14/2014

    " Probably one of the most enduring accounts on polar exploration. Shackleton's pragmatism reflects all over this. I picked this book from a second hand book store. The story is a great one, though the writing can get a little monotonous. I respect the author for the fact that these notes were written in smitten cold without food and water and not in a cozy corner coffee shop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick Carroll | 2/13/2014

    " I found this really gripping partly because the privations the mend went through are so understated, very "stiff upper lip". The other stand out thing was they way in those days they relied on being able to eat the wildlife as well as study it, I am certain any new species would have been "taste tested" as well as catalogued. It is a pity more isn't made of Shackleton's leadership and the way he "saved" the expedition. "

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Author Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) was an Irish polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early twentieth century. He was a junior officer under Robert Falcon Scott during the 1901–1904 expedition to the South Pole. His expedition on the whaler Nimrod in 1907 earned him a knighthood. He detailed his adventures aboard the Endurance during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914–1917 in the memoir South.