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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • De : Alfred Lansing
  • Lu par : Simon Prebble
  • Durée : 10 h et 20 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (19 notations)

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Endurance

De : Alfred Lansing
Lu par : Simon Prebble
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    Description

    This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded.

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Lansing describes how the men survived a 1,000-mile voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean on the globe and an overland trek through forbidding glaciers and mountains. The book recounts a harrowing adventure, but ultimately it is the nobility of these men and their indefatigable will that shines through.

    ©1959 Alfred Lansing (P)2007 Blackstone Audo, Inc.
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    Commentaires

    "[O]ne of the most extraordinary tales of heroism and determination in the history of exploration....Prebble's narration will bring to life the despair, elation, and sheer will of these men to survive, and to triumph, together." ( AudioFile)

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    wow! "unpausable" even though I knew the ending

    Epic story of survival beautifully written in 1959 with excellent narration. Warning: emotionally draining! I'm so relieved to have finished it

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Thomas Allen
    • 17/09/2008

    The best book I've had

    I just walked into the house after sitting in my Jeep in the driveway to finish off the last half-hour or so of this incredible book. Strangely enough, I couldn't wait for the book to be over, not because the book wasn't outstanding, but because I just wanted the trials and ordeals of these unfortunate but heroic men to be over. And as the story came into the last chapter and epilogue, I found myself almost brought to tears several times. At the risk of sounding ridiculously sentimental, this book brought into sharp contrast many of my own shortcomings and made me want to work to become a stronger and better person. I wonder if I would have survived.

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    • David
    • 19/01/2014

    Superb in so many ways

    This is unquestionably the most amazing tale of men against the elements that I have ever read or heard, and it is told remarkably well by Lansing who draws artfully from the actual diary entries of the participants without ever reducing the narrative to a dry progression of quotes. His ability to bring the harrowing conditions and landscape, the fascinating array of characters, and the grueling sequence of challenges and hairsbreadth escapes into sharp and riveting focus is quite extraordinary. Simon Prebble is a perfect match for the fine writing. He audibly sorts out the personalities involved and presents the whole with an understated but charged clarity which keeps the narrative moving even through what could seem like a never ending and tedious progression of disasters in the voice of a lesser reader.

    Of course the real stars here are Shackleton and the men under his command who prove themselves capable of feats of courage, endurance and simple, stubborn determination which almost surpass belief. Ordinary and flawed in so many ways, they come together to become much more than the sum of their individual qualities.

    In the end, the most fascinating part of this story is the long and torturous series of life and death choices involved. Time after time Shackleton's decisions are crucial to the party's survival, whether the question is when to abandon the pack ice for the boats, when to kill the dogs, when to allow the party to split, or how to get to the bottom of a nearly vertical snowbound precipice in order to avoid freezing at high altitude (think Butch Cassidy and Sundance). Nature is an implacable adversary for these men, marshaling countless terrifying storms, thirst, cold, hunger, completely unpredictable ice and long weeks of winter darkness against them and time after time crushing hope just as it seems most justified. Perhaps the most extraordinary decision of all, under the circumstances, was the choice each of them made to simply keep on keeping on when it seemed to make no sense

    Finally, while this tale is exhausting in some ways, it is also deeply inspiring and satisfying. And Lansing and Prebble have given us the wonderful opportunity to "experience" it all while sitting in comfort and safety. Almost doesn't seem fair, but I strongly urge you to take advantage of the offer.

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    • russell
    • 09/12/2008

    Endurance

    I usually never write a review but because this book was so good I had to say something about it. From the beginning to the end the story was very interesting and more because it was true. I think Hollywood should read this book and make a movie out of it instead of the garbage that they make today in Hollywood. You cannot imagine the hardships that these men suffered and the courage that they had don't miss this one you won't be sorry

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    • Jennie
    • 12/12/2008

    Unbelievably riveting!

    I could not stop listening to this absolutely amazing story- I listened to the whole 13 hours and 59 minutes in the course of 2 days! It is intense, well written, and Simon Prebble is, in my opinion, the best narrator on earth. I highly recommend this audiobook!!

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    • Jane
    • 27/01/2010

    Inspiration

    A magnificent book and well read. An extraordinary adventure which reveals the range of human capacities for endurance, teamwork, innovation, care for others, compassion and bravery. Bravery, bravery, bravery. It is almost impossible to comprehend the level of persistence shown by these stranded Antarctic explorers as they sought to escape from their immensely dangerous, if not impossible, predicament.

    By way of tragic contrast, on the other side of the world, World War I raged where thousands upon thousands of humans killed each other for reasons they were not sure of.

    Endurance is an accessible glimpse into a side of human nature that might inspire people who are feeling directionless and lost.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Don Lance
    • 11/09/2008

    Great comprehensive narrative

    While there are other books that cover this famous expedition, this one seems to be very comprehensive and doesn't skip over a lot of details. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept my attention throughout the narrative, and I kept wondering how everyone in the expedition would survive such adversity.

    I would give it 5 stars except I think the ending left me "hanging" a bit. I expected an epilogue or some type of follow-up with how the expedition members integrated back into society. (Or how society responded to their harrowing tale in the months/years that followed.) But it was not there.

    I recommend it anyway for anyone who loves a great adventure story!

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Angela
    • 16/01/2010

    Amazing Adventure!

    I read this book several years ago and was looking for a good book to listen to.

    (The Help was so excellent it has raised my standards for audiobooks. I am finding it very difficult to listen to other books.)

    Although I know the beginning, end and middle of the story, I am still anxious to finish it. I'm not sure how a book that has been already read can be suspenseful but it is.

    The hardships that the men had to endure and how they faced it are amazing. The detail that the author included in the book is perfect - enough to understand the hardships and the backgrounds but not so much that it is boring and slow.

    The narrator does an excellent job with pacing and with the different voices.

    Excellent book!

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    • Gillian
    • 27/01/2014

    Now THIS is Edge-Of-Your-Seat Storytelling!

    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Endurance is, quite possibly, the best of all my audiobooks. You know how the story's going to turn out, but it's still a breathless journey through a nightmare of a situation. I kept finding myself shouting, "Shackleton!" throughout my day, much to my husband's dismay. But you're so immersed, you can't help but drag it through your current existence. Recently on PBS, they've shown "Chasing Shackleton," but the journey of those men is as nothing to Shackleton and his men's situation. And the show has swelling background music that the audiobook doesn't need to convey drama or severity. Extraordinary. And Simon Prebble's narration is flawless in his delivery. Who else could deliver subtle variations in voice, tone, pacing that the story hinges on, like he can here?

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that, though I knew about the history of their quest and their plight, I certainly didn't know the specifics of their ordeal. This audiobook flows like only the best literature can. It's an edge-of-your-seat read/listen and you will find yourself blown away by the tenacity of the men, and by their resourcefulness.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the way the men kept a semblance of "normalcy" in horrific circumstances. Who else, but Shackleton, would encourage cheer and playfulness on Christmas. And there's one part, during the daring voyage to St. George, where, after brutal, bitter conditions, the men are so relieved by the minor, minor lifting of terrifying weather, that they're joyful, and they seem like they're out for a jaunt, picnickers on a spring day. I stopped all my sniveling about cold weather after I got through that scene.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, I had extreme reactions all over the place. THIS is what a five-star audiobook is! Utter transportation to somewhere I had no idea ever existed. You feel the joy of the men, their resignation. You feel their fear, and you come to love some of them so much, you feel fear for them. Exhilarating, I tell you!

    Any additional comments?

    Spend your credit on this book, buy it outright, whatever! Just give yourself the gift to this wonderful journey and enjoy! You'll be thinking of it long after you're finished listening.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Carpe Diem
    • 09/12/2009

    Enthralling

    A thrill ride to hell and back. Excitingly written and narrated. I almost felt like I was there. Just when you think their situation can't get any more desperate, it does.

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    • Jim "The Impatient"
    • 05/04/2014

    Cold

    Wherever you are, before listening, put on a heavy coat, it is going to get cold. I don't listen to many history books, preferring to listen to historical fiction. This has enough drama and adventure to not need any fiction. This is a true story written so well, that you will feel you are there. Dan Simmons wrote a similar historical fantasy fiction about a ship trapped in the artic for over two years. It was good, but not as good as this. This was written in 1959 and will be just as good 100 years from now.

    I would like to say this was adventure when adventure meant something, but I was never convinced that crossing the continent of Antarctica was important and it seems they were mainly doing it to be famous and to not have the work the rest of their lives.

    Mr. Prebble is the gentleman narrator and no one else good have been picked to read this.

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    • MaWe94
    • 24/01/2015

    Incredible Story. Strongly recommend!

    I heard this twice already and its still great. Must have for People interested in expedition literature!

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    • Paul K.
    • 27/12/2019

    great, unbelievable, shocking.

    title says it all. but I have to write something. yadayadayoda. still not enough? wow I still have to write

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    • Pokemonster
    • 21/09/2022

    Gripping story and outstanding narration

    Simon Pebble did such an outstanding job narrating this gripping tale of Shackleton's crew tackling the terrifying tightrope of their path to survival that I've now bought several of his other audiobook narrations. Great job!

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    • R. Pawlitschko
    • 18/04/2021

    Incredible story, told superbly!

    When I say "incredible" I literally mean it. Humans are amazing creatures. Brave, resilient, ingenious. The comfort of modern life make us forget what we are capable of. Shackleton and his men are heros we should never forget.

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    • Gregor
    • 29/12/2020

    Life changing read

    This is the true and right stuff if you want to get into endurance and spiritness in face of gravest dangers and low odds. Excellently narrated.

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    • L. Fast
    • 10/07/2020

    What a great story!

    What a great and moving story. Even after listening to it, I cannot compel the hardships those men had to endure.

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    • Suell
    • 07/07/2020

    A timeless adventure masterpiece

    Very fitting performance. Don't be put off by the old-school narration. You'll get used to it soon enough and it transports a lot of emotions and sets a wonderful early 20th century stage.

    Small spoiler: This story is, even though the events might be harsh, still suitable for the faint hearted

    Spoiler (read reverse): gnidne yppah

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    • Lukasz
    • 18/05/2020

    Very interesting audiobook!

    The audiobook was really interesting, I was hooked from the very beginning to the end. That was a great story! I liked the speaker very much, good voice for story telling. Would highly recommend!

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    • Draconia
    • 21/12/2018

    eine volle Empfehlung!

    also was diese Menschen geleistet haben ist einfach unfassbar! Die Geschichte ist toll erzählt, und gefällt mir viel besser als einfach nur Tagebucheinträge! Der Erzähler ist super! Die unterschiedlichen Akzente der Männer und überhaupt der komplette Spannungsbogen werden von ihm ganz toll rübergebracht! Ich kann dieses Hörbuch uneingeschränkt empfehlen

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    • Buyer1337
    • 16/05/2018

    Simply incredible

    The most incredible story I ever listened to - and it all really happened. I would not have believed this to be possible if the story were fiction.