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on 5 November 1998
Although this book adds nothing new to an already well-documented heroic venture, as an introducion to those just now being bitten by the Shackleton bug, it will serve its purpose quite well. Frank Hurley's photographs alone make the book a valuable addition to any afficianado's collection on the subject. They are awe-inspiring, and in turn both majestic and intimate in their portrayal of the fate of the Endurance and her crew. This book is released in conjunction with the exhibition to be mounted at the Museum of Natural History next spring; I only wish that some additional material, such as journal pages and related artifacts had been included to give the book a little more "warmth" since the subject matter is so undeniably "chilly"!
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on 10 February 2011
I still can't believe this was so cheap! I am fascinated by this expedition and the way Shackleton kept his crew motivated and psychologically healthy through an astonishingly harrowing time of privation and doubt. See the Kenneth Branagh film, watch South, read the diaries and the commentaries but please look at Frank Hurley's poignant and technically perfect photographs which have been printed so beautifully in this book.
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on 2 April 2014
This refers to the audio CD version of this story. This is one of the most wonderful tales of adventure and hardship amongst many during the Heroic Age of Antartctic exploration and is well told on this absorbing CD set. However, I was disappointed that there was an American narrator, and that it seemed that one other support narrator tried to do voices from diary entries for Englishmen, Scotsmen, Irishmen and Antipodeans. Mostly not very well. I was disappointed by the Scott bashing - both Scott and Shackleton had flaws but were also heroes of the age - you can appreciate both without knocking one or the other. I was also surprised by the reference by the narrator to the party raising a glass and saying God Save The Queen, in 1914 !! What Queen was that then? On a positive note the story does build steadily towards the party finding safety on Elephant Island, and then the James Caird journey and finally the trek over South Georgia and the eventual rescue. A wonderful way to negate boredom in a long car journey and a CD to listen to over and over.
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on 25 August 1999
This pertains to the audiobooks published by HighBridge (Abridged) and Books on Tape (Unabridged). I did a comparative review of these two taped versions and found both excellent. Both are 6 hours long, and I could determine no differences between their texts. (I didn't do a word by word comparison.) The reading in both is clear and empathetic to the ordeal of the men, but the rich voice and style of the HighBridge reader, Michael Tezla, makes the story a bit easier to track. A second reader, Martin Ruben, reads diary entries in the accent of the writer. The Books on Tape case is sturdy and the text on the case is easy to read; HighBridge editors should NOT have printed black on dark brown and white on black on the cardboard case. Pictures are missing from the audiobooks, of course, but the quality of both the story and the reading is so excellent that either version will make an excellent choice for libraries or for gifts or for reading on a daily commute.
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on 2 February 2014
It really is a pity when a truely excellent book is produced by an incompetent publisher who has not provided a table of contents or an index both items that are essential in a book such as this.
The author describes the voyage of the Endurance,its destruction and the escape of the suviving crew members covering the period Dec 1914 when the Endurance left Georgia island to when the crew returned in a small boat in May 1916.
Both the text and and, in particular, the potographs are outstanding several of which are now iconic.
A 10 star book but a 3 star publication. The author should get a new publisher.
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on 6 October 2011
Destaca sobre todo por la calidad de las fotografías. Uno de los integrantes de la expedición era un fotógrafo profesional, se dedicó a fotografiar todo y es un placer poder ir siguiendo las peripecias de los expedicionarios contemplando los lugares y siendo testigo de las situaciones descritas. El libro es tanto un texto de aventuras como un hermoso libro de fotografías, muy bien editado. Altamente recomendable para todo tipo de público.
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