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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 April 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPZL7W
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Naturally nothing went right. Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, was trapped in pack ice which sealed her in and eventually crushed her. Abandoning the ship, and unable to reach the continental land mass itself, Shackleton led his men from ice floe to ice floe, setting up camps and abandoning them when the floes broke in two (as they frequently did) eventually ending up on a tiny, unexplored island with only three ships boats to provide shelter and living off the scarce resources of an inhospitible land.
In simply the bravest move I have ever heard about, Shackleton decided that to reach help he had to sail across the southern Atlantic in a tiny open rowing boat to the island of South Georgia - over three hundred miles away. Once there and safely landed he then had to march across the desolate island to reach the whaling communities on the far side - something that had been thought of as impossible.
South made Shackleton's name as an explorer - and you can see why. The story is staggering - even more impressive when you consider that only one of Shacklton's party perished in their two year stay on the ice.
If I have any criticisms it is that lack of any review or explanation of the book by an editor. Penguin Classics, their reprinting of the works of the Classical writers, are all prefaced by an editor who provides much of the back story and explanations of the times in which the books were written.Read more ›
As a Kindle book it would have been greatly improved by the inclusion of maps and any illustrations mentioned in the text.
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One of those books, that all should read. Surprisingly intriguing tale.Published 5 months ago by Sagan's K
A fascinating read. The expedition to the South pole which failed. The horrors of the natura l world while the world goes madPublished 5 months ago by R J Heekin
An excellent account. I met his granddaughter which inspired me to read the bookPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A true account of the expedition lead by Sir Ernest Shackleton to the South Pole. It demonstrates what can be achieved by personal strength, courage ingenuity and teamwork. Read morePublished 6 months ago
An excellent read about his terrible but heroic and enduring adventures in the Antarctic. For me it put today's celebs in real perspective!Published 6 months ago by Mr. David Robson