Review: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Title: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Author: Alfred Lansing

Narrator: Simon Prebble

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins

Genre: Nonfiction

Date Read: February 22, 2020

5 stars
5 stars – I loved it!

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Pole, but unfortunately they never made it. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its the Pole,, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men were left drifting on ice packs with no hope of rescue. The only way to survive was to make a dangerous and most likely impossible journey of 1,000 miles, first walking then in an open boat across the stormiest ocean in the world. Then make an overland trek through forbidding glaciers and mountains, that had never been done before, just to get help. 

I picked this audiobook up on a whim while browsing my local libraries available options. I wanted something to listen to while sewing and though this seemed interesting. I am so glad I picked this book up, especially since I knew nothing about this expedition before this week. I was instantly sucked into Shackleton and his men’s perilous voyage. These men went for over a year surviving one of the harshest environments in the world and they actually kept a pretty cheer outlook throughout the whole thing. It is amazing. I cannot even imagine doing something like that for a few days let alone for over a year. 

I really recommend this audiobook (or the book) for anyone interested in historical expeditions, especially arctic ones. The narrator, Simon Prebble, does an amazing job portraying this harrowing journey and the feelings these men had. So if you are looking for a captivating and interesting nonfiction book, I suggest picking up this one. You probably won’t regret it. 

Reader Warning: 

  • Killing of dogs and other animals described in detail. 
  • Crude surgery described in detail.
  • Bodily injuries, sores, and other conditions described in detail.

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