[ download kindle ] Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageAuthor Alfred Lansing – Bilb-weil.de

The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton sattempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern ageIn August , polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance became locked in an island of ice Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty seven men When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near impossible journey overmiles of the South Atlantic s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilizationIn Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton s fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age


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  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    Beholdthe gentleman whose exploits crushed the last vestiges of manhood from my fragile psyche Psst.don t mention this to my wife as she thinks she took care of this years ago. Stranded for over a year in the most inhospitable climate on the face of the Earth, literally one tiny step away from complete disaster due to starvation, extreme weather or the ice flows on which they lived deciding to crack and deposit into the freezing depths below Holy persevering manliness Batman, I Beholdthe gentleman whose exploits crushed the last vestiges of manhood from my fragile psyche Psst.don t mention this to my wife as she thinks she took care of this years ago. Stranded for over a year in the most inhospitable climate on the face of the Earth, literally one tiny step away from complete disaster due to starvation, extreme weather or the ice flows on which they lived deciding to crack and deposit into the freezing depths below Holy persevering manliness Batman, I was wincing, shuddering and cringing just reading about this ordeal from the creaturey comfort of my toasty, warm bed while maintaining a glass of wine within reaching distance Now I m not a non fiction, survival story expert, but this has to be pretty close to the absolute limit of human endurance, both physically and psychologically This is one of the stories that will reset your perspective on what the human animal is capable of and I highly recommend you avail yourself of the opportunity to reboot your mind set It will make your daily grind seem like a daily paradise.HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTOS The story tells of the amazing, nut shrinking, bowel tightening, faith testing, life affirming expedition of Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 as they were stranded while trying to make the first trans antarctic crossing in 1914 There e no way I can convey to you in this review the sense of astonishment and awe that you ll get from being witness to 300 pages of constant, relentless, extreme hardship and danger and the ceaseless intrepidity and unmitigated strength of will exhibited in by these men.Therefore, here are some highlights and photos that offer just a taste of what these men went through Saltwater Boils aka pips or pigeons a condition where grit and dirt from clothing usually around the wrists create small abrasions that become infected and cause severe pain if not treated These things were mentioned as a casual, passing comment and all I could think was they had to suffer through those for months with no medical attention and only making them worseNo photos of this A little too grossUsing packed snow as toilet papernot just once mind you, but for almost a year Not trying to be overly graphic here, but can you imagine the soreness and chafing that this led to in a part of the body that does not abide chafing Add to that the diet that these men had to endure and the increased strain it placed on the bowels and my privileged mind was aching with imagined painAgain, photos withheld because I couldn t find any for propriety s sakeAnemomainia aka wind madness are you fucking kidding me I had never heard of this before but this is a condition whereby normal people go bat shitty bonkers when exposed to constant severe winds that simplydonotstop Leave it to Mother Nature to come up with this unusual form of torturenasty bitch And while I m not showing photos of ice wiping or grit boils here is a shot that gives you some idea of the winds these men were facing up to 100 mph 80 hours without sleep At one point, a group of men with Shackleton survived for over 3 full days without sleep I may not sleep as much as most people, but you take away my shut eye for 24 hours and I m apt to go on a 3 state killing spree At most, these guys got a bit cranky Dogs, Penguins and Sea Leopardsoh my The only diet these men had for over a year consisted of penguins, one sea leopard and, eventually, their own dogs This last part was incredibly moving because the men, for all of their hunger, were reluctant to resort to these brave animals that had been their stout companions throughout the ordeal In the end, they did what they had to and the animal lover in me had zero issue with it Respectful, sad and necessary Removal of gangrenous appendages Nuff said I think except for the almost preternatural courage and good humor with which the enterprise was conducted These were a group of rare individuals FINAL THOUGHTS Lansing s prose is wonderfully balanced He tells the story without hyperbole or excess melodrama and lets the reality of the tale provide all of the drama and tension It isthan enough to keep you white knuckled and awed The journal entries and notes from the men involved, to which Lansing had unprecedented access, provide essential flavor to the story and increase the sense of intimacy Throughout the hellish ordeal endured by these men, the two things that struck methan anything else were 1 the unfailing sense of good will and camaraderie that persisted between the men and 2 that NO ONE DIED I m not sure which fact wasastounding to me but they are both truly worthy of an eye bulging jaw drop A truly inspirational saga of men prevailing over seemingly impossible odds and nightmarish conditions and making this sacrifice at the alter of the human need for exploration and the conquering of the unknown 5.0 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION


  2. karen karen says:

    oh my god i feel like i haven t written a review in ages.goodreads.com, how you holding up without my pearls of wisdom i was going to write a DBR of this last night, because that s what shackleton would do, but then i ended up eating candy and doodling instead, and that is why i live a life of mediocrity and insignificance and i am not like shackleton, who ran into some trouble on a boat ride and managed to triumph over impossible odds cheerfully.that s what i love the most his unflagging op oh my god i feel like i haven t written a review in ages.goodreads.com, how you holding up without my pearls of wisdom i was going to write a DBR of this last night, because that s what shackleton would do, but then i ended up eating candy and doodling instead, and that is why i live a life of mediocrity and insignificance and i am not like shackleton, who ran into some trouble on a boat ride and managed to triumph over impossible odds cheerfully.that s what i love the most his unflagging optimism and good naturedness i can t even handle it when customers put their water bottles or umbrellas on the books, i wanna smack them like a seal in the arctic i could never hang with shackleton retail has roooned my sunny disposition.shackletonsuch wonderful, harrowing stuffhe led a group of men into a dangerous situation and they behaved like grown men and survived, improbably i need to meet me some explorers these boymen on the subway with their e readers and their sculpted hair what would happen to them, slapped on a boat on a moving glacier in the middle of nowhere, all frostbitten and without their cell phones so cold that the fluid in their blisters turned to ice i don t think they would make it doomed i see all these gym hard people, but not life hard people no shackletons your abs are of no use in the antarctic seas, mister i expect this situation is on account of where i live and all, but surely there has to be one polar explorer type wandering through queens, looking for a lady to tell his tales of adventure to let me be that lady i will fill you with pulled pork and onions this feels like a DBR, but i assure you, it is not.i just get really excited about shackleton.i had read shackleton s stowaway, so i pretty much knew everything that was going to go down, but i still highly recommend this to anyone, really except dana because of the amputation and all but anyone else thumbs up.this book deserved a better review.but the pork and onions are calling.come to my blog


  3. Dem Dem says:

    A captivating and inspiring tale of exploration, human endurance and survival.In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance The expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland In October of 1915 the ship became trapped and crushed in Ice and the crew now half a continent away from their intended base became castaways in one of the most hostile regions in the world I have had this book on my TBR list for quite awhile and A captivating and inspiring tale of exploration, human endurance and survival.In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance The expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland In October of 1915 the ship became trapped and crushed in Ice and the crew now half a continent away from their intended base became castaways in one of the most hostile regions in the world I have had this book on my TBR list for quite awhile and am so glad I finally got around to reading it I knew a little about the expedition due to the fact that one of the Crew members was an Irish Man called Tom Creen and I would have heard stories of his expeditions down the years but never actually read a book.This is a slow burner of a read but at the same time compelling and intense What amazing courage and stamina these men had, they must have had nerves and bodies of steel and withstand so much.Extremely well written and while not an easy read it certainly had me on the edge of my seat.I listened to his one on audible and the narrator Simon Prebble was excellent, although I cant help wondering if I missed photos, maps etc in the printed copy which I always find adds so much to a book However there is an amazing documentary filmed and photographed by one of the crew on You Tube which I have linked below my link textHighly recommend this one to readers who enjoy adventure stories


  4. David David says:

    There aren t many true life tales that live up to the hype There are always some details that make the story just a little less dramatic than in the made for TV movie Not this time While listening to this audiobook, the thought that went through my head over and over again was Holy s The book starts with the Endurance, trapped in the Antarctic ice, being literally crushed to death The men abandon ship, and then float on the ice pack for months When the pack breaks up, they launch the There aren t many true life tales that live up to the hype There are always some details that make the story just a little less dramatic than in the made for TV movie Not this time While listening to this audiobook, the thought that went through my head over and over again was Holy s The book starts with the Endurance, trapped in the Antarctic ice, being literally crushed to death The men abandon ship, and then float on the ice pack for months When the pack breaks up, they launch the lifeboats they salvaged from the Endurance and land on Elephant Island Then Shackleton sets off again in one of the lifeboats, crossing the incredibly dangerous Drake Passage in nothingthan a 22 foot open boat, hoping to reach South Georgia to come back with a relief ship for the men left behind on Elephant Island.The whole epic voyage takes over a year, and every single day, they were one wave, misstep, or blizzard away from being wiped out in an instant That any of them survived is amazing that everyone did is unbelievable Alfred Lansing wrote this book from the journals the men kept, which gave him a very detailed picture of every stage of this journey It s a tense thriller all the way through, and will make you so incredibly glad you have never had to go through anything like this When Shackleton finally stumbles into a whaling camp on South Georgia Island and announces himself, you will have a hard time not feeling a lump in your throat.As affecting as the unbelievable odds these men beat is the unbelievable hardships they endured They teetered on the verge of starvation and freezing to death, lived and slept in the most miserably wet, frozen conditions, with little protection from blizzards and gale force winds They lived for months on pack ice Lansing does not stint on the grimy, unpleasant details of day to day existence under these circumstances, like having to go outside to empty the communal urine pot in a gale, or taking a dump over the side of a boat that is being tossed about by rough seas and surrounded by killer whales just in case the poor bastards didn t have enough to think about , or having to kill and eat their dogs, or having to cut off gangrenous toes Every time you think it can t possibly suck worse to be them, it sucks worse.Absolutely a thrilling read, and will really make you appreciate how grueling and miserable this expedition was, and how awesome their achievement was just in surviving


  5. leslie leslie says:

    Ernest Shackleton set out for Antarctica in 1914 to cross the last uncharted territory His ship became trapped in the ice For ten months they drifted North West.The crew of 27 men would find that the sinking of the ship was only the beginning They would suffer, traveling over both sea and I ve for over 850 miles This true account describes the year off travel and suffering, incredible leadership and harrowing experience in which all crewmen survived.Easy to read, informative, and an incredib Ernest Shackleton set out for Antarctica in 1914 to cross the last uncharted territory His ship became trapped in the ice For ten months they drifted North West.The crew of 27 men would find that the sinking of the ship was only the beginning They would suffer, traveling over both sea and I ve for over 850 miles This true account describes the year off travel and suffering, incredible leadership and harrowing experience in which all crewmen survived.Easy to read, informative, and an incredible read, this is a MUST READ Includes photography


  6. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    I ve read my share of leadership texts over the years an occupational necessity for a while and a name I came acrossthan one was Ernest Shackleton Some sources reckoned him to be possibly the greatest leader that ever lived Well that s some claim and it s something I knew I d have to look into sooner or later So when I came across this book, originally published in 1959, the time had finally arrived.I knew that the man was an Antarctic explorer but precious little else I soon learn I ve read my share of leadership texts over the years an occupational necessity for a while and a name I came acrossthan one was Ernest Shackleton Some sources reckoned him to be possibly the greatest leader that ever lived Well that s some claim and it s something I knew I d have to look into sooner or later So when I came across this book, originally published in 1959, the time had finally arrived.I knew that the man was an Antarctic explorer but precious little else I soon learned that after having twice previously failed to reach the South Pole, in 1914 he set off with a 28 man crew hell bent on becoming the first person to cross the Antarctic continent If you don t already know the story then I ll not spoil it by giving a full run down of how it played out but what I will say is that quite early on Shackleton s ship, Endurance, was crushed by ice flows leaving everyone stranded on the ice pack They were left in a truly desperate situation, exposed in the freezing cold hundreds of miles from any civilisation and with no means of contacting any potential source of assistance It was to take well over a year for events to unfold to a conclusion This really is an amazing adventure story I d even go so far as to say that were I to have been told that this was a work of fiction I d have dismissed it as overblown and way too far fetched to be believable The story is brilliantly told I enjoyed it all thefor having had no pre knowledge of these events It s been pieced together from first hand accounts handed down through interviews with members of the crew and from diary entries some of the crew kept diaries throughout the ordeal I found myself totally gripped by this account The terrible conditions the crew faced and the many acts of daring, bravery and stoicism reported here are truly humbling.And what of Shackleton s leadership qualities Well he definitely had a style I struggle to recognise from my business experience but there s no doubt that he did display many of the acknowledged skills and behaviours we re told are essential for any good leader He was open and honest sometimes brutally so , also decisive and he certainly employed effective delegation He showed, too, a readiness to improvise, an ability to get the group working as a team and he maintained throughout a faith and optimism that simply beggars belief The best ever I m not sure about that but he pulled off the virtually impossible, so maybe he truly does deserve this accolade


  7. Diane Diane says:

    What an incredible story This was my introduction to Shackleton, and I am left reeling from the experience I chose Endurance to add symmetry to my list Earlier this year I read In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides excellent book about a doomed expedition to the North Pole, and I thought I should balance the hemispheres by reading about a South Pole expedition Lansing s book was highly rated by GR friends, and justifiably so.What struck me about the writing was how modern it was Lansing had What an incredible story This was my introduction to Shackleton, and I am left reeling from the experience I chose Endurance to add symmetry to my list Earlier this year I read In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides excellent book about a doomed expedition to the North Pole, and I thought I should balance the hemispheres by reading about a South Pole expedition Lansing s book was highly rated by GR friends, and justifiably so.What struck me about the writing was how modern it was Lansing had good descriptions, great storytelling and created a powerful momentum to the events These techniques are now widely used in narrative nonfiction, especially among popular history writers such as Sides, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Laura Hillenbrand I mention this because Lansing s book was originally published in 1959, but didn t become a bestseller until decades later when a publisher who was a fan decided to reprint it Lansing was definitely ahead of his time Sidenote In the 2014 edition that I had, Philbrick wrote a great introduction about Lansing and his book, and it included this bit of wisdom One of the biggest challenges for a writer of nonfiction is to avoid using too much of his or her hard won material A great and enduring book isn t comprehensive it is highly, even ruthlessly, selective, zeroing in on the most evocative and illustrative moments while dispensing with the clutter that might prevent the high points from resonating to maximum effect But back to the adventure In 1914, Ernest Shackleton wanted to make the first land crossing of Antarctica The South Pole had previously been discovered, but Shackleton hoped to lead an expedition from sea to sea However, his ship never reached the continent it became stuck in ice in the Weddell Sea, and was eventually crushed and destroyed by the ice pack.Shackleton and his men had to camp on an ice floe, and slowly drifted out to sea When the floe became unreliable, they set out in lifeboats in hopes of reaching an island At this point, this book was so compelling that it was affecting my sleep I dreamt that I was stranded on an iceberg, and was relieved to wake up in a bed, in a house, on land, in a warm climate and with food readily available The men reached Elephant Island, which was remote and unlikely to be visited by any other ships Shackleton and a few men then set out again in a lifeboat for South Georgia Island, which was about 800 miles away Amazingly, they reached the island, despite wicked winds and dangerous seas, and then had to make a difficult land crossing to the other side to reach a dock with some whaling ships.After several attempts, Shackleton was finally able to procure a ship that was sturdy enough to rescue the men stranded on Elephant Island, making for an emotional reunion If you think I reached the end of this adventure without getting a little misty eyed, you would be wrong Shackleton was such an inspirational leader that I understand why he has become so revered Lansing did some impressive reporting by interviewing the survivors of the expedition, and he also had access to numerous journals and logbooks I listened to this on audio, narrated by Simon Prebble, and it was excellent I also recommend looking through a print copy of the book to see the photographs from the expedition, including some jaw dropping photos of the ship stuck in ice.I highly recommend this book to fans of history or true adventure.Favorite Quotes Few men have borne the responsibility Shackleton did at that moment Though he certainly was aware that their situation was desperate, he could not possibly have imagined then the physical and emotional demands that ultimately would be placed upon them, the rigors they would have to endure, the sufferings to which they would be subjected They were for all practical purposes alone in the frozen Antarctic seas It had been very nearly a year since they had last been in contact with civilization Nobody in the outside world knew they were in trouble, much less where they were They had no radio transmitter with which to notify any would be rescuers, and it is doubtful that any rescuers could have reached them even if they had been able to broadcast an SOS It was 1915, and there were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno Cats, no suitable planes Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity If they were to get out they had to get themselves out In all the world there is no desolationcomplete than the polar night It is a return to the Ice Age no warmth, no life, no movement Only those who have experienced it can fully appreciate what it means to be without the sun day after day and week after week Few men unaccustomed to it can fight off its effects altogether, and it has driven some men mad


  8. Julie Julie says:

    I am almost unable to express my feelings about this amazing and unbelievable story I finished the last paragraph with tears running down my face and shaking my head in disbelief.If this were a work of fiction, you d barely believe it, but you d credit Alfred Lansing for his story telling and imagination It s not fiction, and you can t help but find yourself in a perpetual state of awe over these men and their optimism, faith, humor, determination, and endurance I felt quite unworthy on every I am almost unable to express my feelings about this amazing and unbelievable story I finished the last paragraph with tears running down my face and shaking my head in disbelief.If this were a work of fiction, you d barely believe it, but you d credit Alfred Lansing for his story telling and imagination It s not fiction, and you can t help but find yourself in a perpetual state of awe over these men and their optimism, faith, humor, determination, and endurance I felt quite unworthy on every page.Shackleton and his men, who quickly become as helpless and isolated from the outside world as if they were on another planet, show you, just as quickly, the best that humans can be And, Alfred Lansing brings them all back to life with his concise and inspired writing


  9. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    What an incredible adventure Endurance tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton s attempts to cross the Antarctic overland with his 27 man crew But, in October 1915 when they were still half a continent away from their intended base, their ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice The entire crew with 50 dogs left the doomed vessel, camping on ice and using small boats to attempt to reach the nearest island They became castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world Any hope of sur What an incredible adventure Endurance tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton s attempts to cross the Antarctic overland with his 27 man crew But, in October 1915 when they were still half a continent away from their intended base, their ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice The entire crew with 50 dogs left the doomed vessel, camping on ice and using small boats to attempt to reach the nearest island They became castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world Any hope of survival seemed lost..This account is gripping and exciting almost to the last page.I appreciate what Dr Dobson has tried to do by re publishing this as a special Christian edition But the reality is that this is not a Christian book and believing that the men must have sought God as they daily faced imminent death does not prove that they actually did this or that any were Christians From the various journal entries and comments included it seems sadly likely that they were not Christians and an attempt to re write the reality although well intended seems to me to be a bit odd Dr Dobson has also included an Afterword He attempts to use an analogy from Endurance to explain end times theology yet he makes the point that his analogy will only probably be understood by those who are acquainted with Biblical prophecy I don t understand the purpose of this, if it is for those who are already saved then it is not evangelistic so why form an ill fitting analogy to try and link this story to the Christian faith Dr Dobson should probably instead have concluded this great story of adventure by commenting on the tragedy of survival against the odds but without true eternal hope, instead of trying to turn this into a Christian book turn these into Christian men when they don t seem to have been.I recommend this book for those who enjoy true adventure stories It is basically clean mostly free of bad language there is one curse word, also free of violence and sexual content


  10. Faith Faith says:

    Although this book was nonfiction, it read like a thriller The author interviewed survivors of the ill fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica and also used some of their diaries as his source material I wanted to learn a little about this expedition after seeing a play in which Ernest Shackleton was a character It was actually a strange little musical, and not particularly good, but it managed to pique my interest Shackleton was a flamboyant, arrogant adventurer, who was interested in fame, gl Although this book was nonfiction, it read like a thriller The author interviewed survivors of the ill fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica and also used some of their diaries as his source material I wanted to learn a little about this expedition after seeing a play in which Ernest Shackleton was a character It was actually a strange little musical, and not particularly good, but it managed to pique my interest Shackleton was a flamboyant, arrogant adventurer, who was interested in fame, glory and cash Not necessarily in that order Even when facing his probable death, one of his chief concerns was the commercial exploitation of the story of the Endurance After the Endurance was crushed by ice, the explorers attempted to drag their two remaining ships across the ice This didn t go well and finally, after many hardships, it was up to Shackleton to attempt the rescue of 22 of his men stranded on a barren island locked in by ice It was quite a story Necessarily, there was a great deal of repetitiveness to the story The men were stuck in basically the same situation for almost 2 years All there was to write about was ice, cold, snow, weather, food or the lack of food , dog sledding or killing dogs , sighting land, being unable to reach the land, sickness, pain, courage, despair, hopefulness, arrogance and bad decisions All in various permutations Nevertheless, the book was certainly not boring Simon Prebble was the narrator of the audiobook and he did an excellent job