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Publisher's Summary

His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across 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 and his crew marooned.

Shackleton's gripping account of his incredible voyage follows him and his men across 600 miles of unstable ice floes to a barren rock called Elephant Island. It records how, with a crew of four, he crossed 850 miles of the worst seas in a 22-foot-long open boat and how, after landing on South Georgia Island, they then had to traverse over 20 miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. Shackleton recounts, too, the efforts of his support party aboard the Aurora, who in temperatures of -50 degrees and winds of 80 m.p.h. still managed to drop off supplies on the opposite side of the continent, little suspecting the fate of the Endurance and the ordeal of its crew.

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

©1970 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Gripping, moving, brilliant story

I listened to this one in the car on my way to and from work each day. As the end approached, I would sit in my car and listen - I couldn't bring myself to turn off the player. I even cried, twice. I never cry.

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Very detailed, recommend The Endurance though

I listened to this after finishing The Endurance, that has a more rounded tale from multiple points of view. This book has a second part that tells of the journey of the Aurora, and it’s all very interesting. But the first part is the more successful with no loss of crewmen, and the second part that details the less successful part of the south expedition even ends with war records for the poor guys that went from one nightmare to another. Overall The Endurance was a book that left me impressed by the power of human will and South was a book that made me sad by the sacrifices demanded in exploration.

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Best part is by Sir Ernest

The first 2/3 of the book focus on Shackelton's trek. The book loses some appeal after he switches to the Ross Sea party efforts. The narrator, while wonderful in general, does a poor job of identifying either through pauses or other effects, when Shackelton is quoting from diaries.

For readers not familiar with the story, Sir Ernest (the Boss) was one of the true leaders of the modern era. His expedition to cross Antarctica went horribly wrong, but his amazing leadership and vision brought the 27 men under his command out of the ice into safety with only minor injuries.

His description of the events are at the same time scientific and lyrical. He is equally at home discussing the pressure ridges of the ice as he is describing the amazing sunsets and twilights.

A great listen.

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Absolutely remarkable story

What did you love best about South?

Its remarkable because its a true story. I doubt any fiction writer could think this one up. You can only stand back and admire their courage, skill and determination against all the odds.

Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Howard – was your favorite?

Shackleton who else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall the way Shackleton genuinely cared for his men.

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Couldn’t finish

Book was too boring, narration wasn’t good either. Story seems cool but the book itself is just a mundane account of things. Got to where the ship was destroyed and had to call it

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Diary of an Antarctic expedition

This is more a diary than a novel and therefore goes into considerable detail which perhaps does not add to the story; particularly in the latter chapters.

However, it is a story of focus, leadership and managing the risks of such a perilous journey.jb

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they don't make 'em like that any more

I was cought up in the recounting of an event that I thought couldn't get any worse, and then the book moved me to a situation going on at the same time, so much worse, time and time again. riviting. A time when men were men and hardship was a test ment to be overcome. I listened to it three times just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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Exquisite

First off Geoffrey Howard IS Ralph Cosham, same guy. The man is the best audiobook narrator of all time and his reading of this incredible story is a masterpiece.

This is a mind blowing tale. You won’t believe it. But it’s true and I become obsessed with expeditions of this grand era as a result. You’ll love this one.

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Outstanding!

Amazing what man can endure.
The hardship encountered was described in detail and is a tribute to early explorers of Antarctica.

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Great story

i liked the book, its a a good story about survival and hardship. it also shows how different the world was and how people thought 100 years ago. the book reads like a ships log at times and the narrator was very monotone throughout the whole thing.

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  • Ian Pearson
  • 10-09-19

Not the best version

Endurance is a much better version. The narrator lacks almost every known positive attribute and doesn't do the story justice. A tough listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-19

A life lesson in positivity and perseverance.

This is one of those truly special books. When I first read this book I was going through some tough times, or so I thought at the time. This book changed my outlook on life and hardship and how to deal with it and I find myself returning to it when I need some perspective on life. This recording is excellently narrated and I cannot fault the package as a whole.

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  • Fedisking
  • 05-02-22

Wanted to really enjoy this but...

The tone of the reader is too robotic. Just doesn't capture the drama of the events at all.

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  • David
  • 01-23-22

Apologies to Sir Ernest

I’m sorry to say this is dull and monotonous, both the writing and the reading. I highly recommend ‘Endurance’ by Alfred Lansing (because you’ll get a much better idea about the incredible journey of the expedition that set off in 1914 and you’ll appreciate what a leader Shackleton was) and I can also recommend ’Shackleton’ by Ranulph Fiennes which gives a brilliant analysis of the man, warts and all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-21

Amazing

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and the reading of it is perfect.

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  • David Filce
  • 01-15-21

Fantastic

Incredible story of endeavour and heroism. Well read. Enjoyed each moment throughout. It shows clearly how no-one should ever underestimate the force of nature

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  • Vicki Rae Lopow
  • 03-24-22

Digital disappointment

The narrator’s voice sounded uninspired and computer-generated. Did not do justice to the amazing adventure.