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As war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the Pole. But their initial optimism was short-lived as ice floes closed around their ship, gradually crushing it and marooning twenty-eight men on the polar ice. Alone in the world's most unforgiving environment, Shackleton and his team began a brutal quest for survival. And as the story of their journey across treacherous seas and a wilderness of glaciers and snow fields unfolds, the scale of their courage and heroism becomes movingly clear.
Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor
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By Charles on 10-01-12

This is a must read.

If there were 10 books that one must read during their lifetime this is one. Leadership, courage and a level head with extraordinary leadership. Anyone who leads whether in business or a family can learn from Shackleton's way.

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By Priscilla on 01-03-18

Not very captivating for me as a listener

I tried listening to this story but it was so slow. I know this story and was expecting something a lot more interesting to listen too. I am not sure if the detail was so much that I felt like the author was trying too hard to paint a picture for the reader. I found my mind wandering and just could not get past a few pages. I suggest listening to the example first to know if you want to burn a credit on this.

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By Ricci on 07-29-12

Non-fiction outshining fiction

Marvellous. Ernest Shackleton’s own log from his failed attempt to traverse Antarctica. It’s practically all maritime. We learn about the many different kinds of ice & its weird effects, the ship and boats, the sea, the uncanny penguins, the dogs, and each member of the crew and the unbelievable ways they cheated death. The killer whales and the beach of Elephant Island are the stuff of nightmares. . Non fiction easily outshining fiction.

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By Joseph on 09-12-13

Truly Magnificent

I first read this account in a 1971 hard back edition. I have read it several times since and now I listen to it. It really is one of the most thrilling and magnificent stories of determination, courage and stress management I have ever had the joy to share. A two year mission cut short before it even starts by bad luck, the elements turning on you with a savage vengeance, no food or resources, a map two compasses and a sextant. No sun for months and a 2000 mile walk into the 40 below zero wind pulling several half ton boats across the ice.

Frost bit, hunger, exhaustion and above all courage. From simple ordinary men thousands of miles from home. No radio, no air support, no one even knows you’re in such distress yet. You will be dead before they even know you’re missing. But Shackleton kept this team alive. Feats of navigation that cannot even be simulated now. Seamanship that defies all understanding, but above all a will to survive and a determination to lead.

Perhaps we are now too cynical and sophisticated for such a story? And then I remind myself again, this is not fiction its fact. This is courage and adventure and leadership at its best. Written in real time from the diary kept diligently by the great man himself. Dump everything he said before the march across the ice. Where we are going even gold is worthless. But keep your diaries, if dying is the last thing we do, I want the world to find it didn't happen without a fight.

Get it, listen to it. It really will change your character for the better.

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