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Publisher's Summary

The year was 1915. Equipment and food supplies were totally inadequate. After battling its way for six weeks through thousands of miles of pack ice and located only a day's sail from its destination, the Endurance became locked inside an island of ice. Yet Ernest Shackleton enabled all 27 of his men to survive for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas - leadership without equal. This gripping account is based on contemporaneous diaries and interviews conducted by the author with these exceptional men.
©1959 Alfred Lansing (P)2000 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

Critic Reviews

"One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read [or hear]." (Chicago Tribune)
"One of the greatest adventure stories of our time." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • 07-28-03

Get the Unabridged one (also on Audible)

This incredible story should be heard in all its detail. This version is good; the unabridged one is phenomenal.

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The Best You'll Find

I truly enjoy reading the remarkable tales of unsung heroes in this world. Ernest Shackleton is one of them. Start to finish, this book kept me thinking, waiting, and imagining like few books ever have. Forget reality shows, forget mysteries... This book is a dose of "true reality and courage". Absolutely Fabulous!!

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I looked forward to my commute

This must be the most incredible human survival story ever. A great tale. Probably the best Audible book I've ever bought. I found myself unable to get out of the car because I wanted to get to the next "page". The actual hardcover book does have some wonderful pictures and maps which make the story even better, but the Audible version was great nonetheless.

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The Apollo 13 Of Its Day

An extraordinary story, compellingly told. I found myself coming home from work and still listening in the driveway, riveted by the endless string of seemingly impossible challenges these brave explorers had to overcome. All of this without the benefit of radios, electricity and the like, to say nothing of a "Mission Control" to guide them. If you have any appreciation for the strength and nobility of the human spirit and will, you will enjoy this book.

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Abridged classic

An quick, enjoyable must hear if you have never heard of the Shackleton Expedition!

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Amazing story

great story and great narration as well, shackletons almost unbelievable survival story, i really enjoyed every minute.

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Absolutely Incredible True Story!!

Certainly one of the most incredible stories of human survival and endurance in history. You will constantly be amazed at how this Ill-fated Antarctic expedition refused to quit in the face of all the fierce obstacles in the harshest conditions on Earth.

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Good Leadership Lessons

Another reviewer commented that this story was the Apollo 13 of its time. That is a perfect description. Beyond that, there are lots of leadership lessons one can take from "watching" Ernest Shackleton lead a group through a prolonged and difficult time. As the story is told, he maintained leadership and vision in extraordinary times.

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Unbelievable

I had heard in general terms about this adventure gone bad. But the actual events as depicted through this book which is based on the actual diaries of the members and crew of the Endurance are truly remarkable. The narration is well done. Listening to this actually made me purchase other books on the subject.

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Too abridged

Come on Audible, I get abridging a long book, but no chapter divisions? Makes no sense. Good listen overall, but I might should have bought the full version.

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  • 01-17-07

As soon as I'd finished it I started it again

This is a very good listen; because it reads like a novel I found myself having to remind myself that it all actually happened. It's a like a Jack London novel but for grown ups with added humour, factual detail and real characters.

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  • Catwoman
  • 05-07-12

Gripping

I now understand the astonishing extent of the crew of the Endurance's achievement. This is often ascribed to Shackleton's leadership but what came through to me from this account was the importance of individuals working together with specialist skills and maintaining each others' morale. Tim Piggott-Smith is one of the best narrators, even when not much is happening, he keeps you enthralled.

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  • Robert Macdonald
  • 06-15-09

Endurance

What a fascinating and realistic story about the privations, resolve and ultimate success of a team of human beings surviving in the worst weather in the world. With each new problem the team seemed to grow stronger and I felt that the difficulties would ultimately overcome them, but no, not a chance. I was walking my dog in the woods when Shackleton and his men finally made it to South Georgia and it brought a tear to my eye. So, in the final chapter I actually gave a little cheer when everyone was safe. Marvellous!

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  • Nick
  • 07-14-15

Unbelievable

Hard to believe this happened! The emotions come across on every page. From hope and excitement to fear and endurance. A journey to be read!

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  • Robert
  • 05-16-22

It's a must read books of all time.

A wonderful audio book, I enjoyed every moment of it, the men were facing impossible odds but with Shackleton's formidable leadership and the crew's outstanding endurance and faith in they're Captain they overcame the harsh environment and constant challenges that they faced.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-02-22

Exceptional

Were they hero's or fools?
Wonderful telling of these men's lives.
Tim Piggott-Smith portrayed the feeling of horror and delight in this recounting of how men overcame intense hardship.

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  • joel
  • 04-30-22

one of the best in a long time

Excellent, humbling, encouraging recollection of brave determination beautifully told. It has been a long time since I was so moved by a book.

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  • D. Clark
  • 04-28-22

Amazing

This book was not something I would ordinarily consider but I decided to try something outside my comfort zone. I'm glad I did. The account of this treacherous spectacular journey was amazing. I literally felt every painful hour these men went through. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • JOhn
  • 04-24-22

unbelievable

Unbelievable story....how didn't they just give up and die? the narrator was very well chosen, somehow he just sounds like he's from that era.

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  • Michael N
  • 04-23-22

Fantastic story

A time when men were made of sturner stuff. A modest hand shake after 14 month of gruelling hell - makes you proud to be an Englishman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-22

Simply amazing what a human can do if he puts the mind to it

Just wow listen to this audio book and when ever u face difficulty remember Shackleton and that difficulty will turn to ease

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

An excellent narration

of a remarkable true story. The courage and determination to survive is inspirational and instructive. Never a dull moment!

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  • alan riles
  • 04-02-22

Great story, abridgement a bit clunky

This story never ceases to amaze, from the perils of pack-ice, through a small open-boat in the Southern Ocean, to the mountaineering in South Georgia. Loved the human tobogganing descent, having done something similar in Asturias, northern Spain! I am still not sure though how they did not all succumb to hypothermia.
A down to earth portrayal of Shackleton: hero yes, super-hero no.
I was OK to take an abridged version, but was a bit awkward at times, especially towards the end.
Regardless a throughly gripping tale, worthy of comparison with the vintage stories by Hammond Innes and Alistair Maclean! And I guess that shows my age!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-22

Bare shaks

The Dave bro style documentary turns one of the best adventures to known mankind I to just that
Man better Takes have been published about this tale
Still ok and a yarn worthwhile spinning

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  • scott
  • 03-18-22

Absolutely enthralling

I have listened to hundreds of audiobook and this book is a stand out amongst others.
All I could of wished for was it to be longer! Within two sitting it was other.
Of course I was familiar with Shakletons exploits although not to the degree the book details.
I found this book really makes you feel for the men, and what they went through, I developed real emotional attachment to the story and thier plight and finished the book in two sittings.
This is a must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-21

Heart stopping suspense!

A truly compelling tale of adventure and bravery. All the more so because it is true!