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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly Tyler-Lewis Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed south aboard the Endurance to be the first to cross Antarctica. Shackleton’s endeavor is legend, but few know the astonishing story of the Ross Sea party, the support crew he dispatched to the opposite side of the continent to build a vital lifeline of food and fuel depots.

When the Ross Sea ship, the Aurora, broke free of her moorings and disappeared in a gale in 1915, she left ten men stranded on the continent with only the clothes on their backs and little hope of rescue. Against all odds the men decided to go forward with their mission, sledging 1,700 miles in a record-setting two-year odyssey. They never imagined that their immense sacrifice was futile—for Shackleton never set foot on the continent, and the Endurance lay crushed at the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

Inexperienced and poorly equipped, the men of the Ross Sea party endured the unspeakable suffering of malnutrition, hypothermia, and extreme weather conditions with fortitude. With their personal journals and previously unpublished documents, Kelly Tyler-Lewis brings us close to these men in their best and bleakest times and revives for us their heroic, astounding story of survival in the most hostile environment on earth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Amazingly detailed...a gripping work."
    -- Publishers Weekly
  • “A gripping story embracing both tragedy and triumph.” 

    New York Times

  • “Do we need another story about a gloriously tragic British polar expedition, all stiff upper lips and frozen woollen long-johns? We do, if it’s as good as this…gripping immediacy and sensuous detail, so that it reads more like a contemporary exploration yarn—say, Krakauer’s Into Thin Air—than a scholarly reconstruction of events long past. The result is unputdownable, and makes you very glad to be reading it in a warm room.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “Working from the survivors’ diaries, notebooks, and logs, Tyler-Lewis delves into the harrowing details of their ordeal. She even spent two months in Antarctica to familiarize herself with the terrain. The result is one of the most compelling tales of polar exploration you will find…Their saga, long a footnote in the history of Antarctica, has finally, and rightly, been rescued from oblivion.” 

    National Geographic Adventure

  • “The heart of the book lies in Tyler-Lewis’ dissection of the men’s relationships with one another. As friends are made, alliances formed and resentment festers, humanity is never lost, even amid inhumane conditions. Given the collection of military, civilian, scientific and blue-collar personnel that made up the expedition, it’s compelling to see how each man deals with his fate.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana | 2/20/2014

    " Very good real-life story of the Ross Sea Party, but not particularly well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy Blackburn | 2/20/2014

    " A tale of survival and foolish mistakes, of men of by gone days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 2/7/2014

    " I'm very intrigued by those who have a certain, special need to leave a "normal" to go exploring in places known and unknown. I enjoyed reading about the challenges the team faced, and how they managed to overcome despite horrible odds. At times the book felt a little over technical but overall it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annastaissia | 1/28/2014

    " After reading Shakleton's story I was interested in the what happened to the other ship that was sent to the other side of the continent to lay supply depots for Shakleton's men on the 2nd half of their journey. Of course they never made it, but these men could not have known. Their story is, as the title says, "harrowing," but not quite as jaw-dropping as Shakelton's journey. They lost a few men and experienced a lot of hardship, and you could say that in the end, it was really for nothing. Still, the men felt that pride that they had completed their mission regardless of the futility. Supposedly, some of those supply depots are still there, in remote areas of antarctica where they were left almost 100 years ago. "

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