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May 30, 2011Behold...the gentleman whose exploits crushed the last vestiges of manhood from my fragile psyche*:
Apr 30, 2011oh my god i feel like i haven't written a review in ages.
Nov 15, 2010There aren't many true-life tales that live up to the hype. There are always some details that make the story just a little less dramatic than in the made-for-TV movie. Not this time. While listening to this audiobook, the thought that went through my head over and over again was "Holy s***!" The book starts with the Endurance, trapped in the Antarctic ice, being literally crushed to death. The men abandon ship, and then float on the ice pack for months. When the pack breaks up, they launch the There aren't many true-life tales that live up to the hype. There are always some details that make the story just a little less dramatic than in the made-for-TV movie. Not this time. While listening to this audiobook, the thought that went through my head over and over again was "Holy s***!" The book starts with the Endurance, trapped in the Antarctic ice, being literally crushed to death. The men abandon ship, and then float on the ice pack for months. When the pack breaks up, they launch the lifeboats they salvaged from the Endurance and land on Elephant Island. Then Shackleton sets off again in one of the lifeboats, crossing the incredibly dangerous Drake Passage in nothing more than a 22-foot open boat, hoping to reach South Georgia to come back with a relief ship for the men left behind on Elephant Island.
Jul 21, 2019Ernest Shackleton set out for Antarctica in 1914 to cross the last uncharted territory. His ship became trapped in the ice. For ten months they drifted North-West.
Jun 08, 2013What an incredible story! This was my introduction to Shackleton, and I am left reeling from the experience.
Apr 01, 2019I've read my share of leadership texts over the years â€“ an occupational necessity for a while â€“ and a name I came across more than one was Ernest Shackleton. Some sources reckoned him to be possibly the greatest leader that ever lived. Well thatâ€™s some claim and itâ€™s something I knew I'd have to look into sooner or later. So when I came across this book, originally published in 1959, the time had finally arrived.
May 01, 2013I am almost unable to express my feelings about this amazing and unbelievable story. I finished the last paragraph with tears running down my face and shaking my head in disbelief.
May 09, 2016What an incredible adventure.
May 08, 2019This is quite the tale, what a crazy adventure! Endurance tells the story of Shackleton and his crew and their Arctic expedition. The men ran into more than their fair share of trouble, to put it lightly. The book is fascinating and really shows you the incredible power of human resilience and tenacity. Perfect for an armchair traveler, it read like a novel and I couldn't put it down!
Dec 01, 2017*2.5 stars*
Jan 13, 201810/5 's: An exciting, epic battle of survival; Stoicism to the nth degree. Truly incredible.
Dec 16, 2017While reading this novel, I never ceased to feel amazed at the courage of the group of men who undertook a voyage into most unfriendly regions on our planet more than 100 years ago, and who dared to dare. I feel thankful to those who travelled to the place where I'd never venture. Film based on this novel with Kenneth Branagh is worth watching, the novel is much more terryfing, though.
Nov 12, 2017Endurance, Shackletonâ€™s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Blackstone Audio Book
Dec 10, 2018I am in awe and in tears.
Dec 12, 2011This was exciting! I recommend this book to those who want to throw themselves into another world, albeit a world cold, wet, icy and filled with fear, exhaustion and hunger.
Nov 25, 2017â€˜Enduranceâ€™ is Alfred Lansingâ€™s very thorough, workmanlike but effective and affecting â€“ at times moving account of Shackletonâ€™s â€˜Incredible Voyage to the Antarcticâ€™.
Feb 06, 2012Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men have taken away my man card. Seriously.
May 25, 2017Although this book was nonfiction, it read like a thriller. The author interviewed survivors of the ill-fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica and also used some of their diaries as his source material. I wanted to learn a little about this expedition after seeing a play in which Ernest Shackleton was a character. (It was actually a strange little musical, and not particularly good, but it managed to pique my interest.)
Jan 31, 2012The unbelievable and tragical story of the Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica and their struggle to survive for an interminable period of time.
Jan 06, 2019Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a heartfelt story that is deeply touching, and rewards the reader with a true story of survival against all odds, and the strength of the human spirit!
Mar 03, 2017I'm sorry. I know this is an incredible survival story, but I have to call bullshit. This is being advertised as a story of "leadership" and "heroism" when it's more like the opposite. I used to be OK with letting such stuff go as a "conversation starter" but I now think such fuzziness is too dangerous.
May 10, 2007Part ripping yarn, part social psychology experiment, part metaphor for graduate school -- this is the most IN-CREDIBLE book that I've ever read.
Aug 28, 2007I rarely re-read books, but this was such a gripping, true-life adventure, and well told, that I have read it three times in the last fifteen years. I think it is due for another re-read! It blows my mind to think of what these men went through and how they survived being stuck in Antarctica for years. The way they engineer their own rescue is hardly to be believed. What adds to the appeal of the book is the wonderful color throughout - details of how the men made life bearable during this I rarely re-read books, but this was such a gripping, true-life adventure, and well told, that I have read it three times in the last fifteen years. I think it is due for another re-read! It blows my mind to think of what these men went through and how they survived being stuck in Antarctica for years. The way they engineer their own rescue is hardly to be believed. What adds to the appeal of the book is the wonderful color throughout - details of how the men made life bearable during this unbearably stressful and gruelling experience - playing football on the ice, putting on Christmas Eve talent shows, passing the time by making a list of the foods they'd most like to eat when they are stranded on a desolate rock with nothing to eat but seal blubber. With a few choice details and diary excerpts, Lansing also makes almost all of the men come alive on the page as very distinct (and often quirky) characters. Awesome book! ...more
Feb 26, 2018One of the best novels based on a true story that talks about "Endurance" in harsh situations. I have never enjoyed an audiobook like this. Thrilling and exciting!! I recommend this audiobook too because the narrator work was superb.
Mar 29, 2012If someone pitched a book idea to a publisher about a bunch of guys stranded in the Arctic, whoâ€™s boat is destroyed by ice, who get hunted and in turn hunt sea lions, and who save the day by â€“no joke- sledding down a mountain to avoid freezing to death and manage to save their whole crew of shipwrecked mates, you would be laughed at. Itâ€™s too ludicrous. Too unbelievable.
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