Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

  • by Jennifer Armstrong
  • Narrated by Taylor Mali
  • 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's a survival story almost too incredible to believe, but it's the extraordinary true tale of endurance in the harshest environment on earth. Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set off from England aboard the ship Endurance, intending to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Instead, Endurance becomes icebound and sinks 100 miles from land, leaving Shackleton and his men to fight brutal perils on ice, land, and sea...or die trying. Through it all, Shackleton's mission never wavers: "But if you're a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you've got to keep going." Narrator Taylor Mali transports the listener into the heart of this death-defying adventure.


What the Critics Say

2000 Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Children's Spoken Word
"Mali's intense narration drives listeners of all ages to experience the severe weather, lack of food, and incredible demands of exploration and survival." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Shorter account with some colorful voices

This book is not as exhaustive as the other one on Audible (Endurence), but is still well done and includes some details and insight that the other doesn't. The narrator also tries to immatate the accents of various crew members, so there's Scottish accents, Australian, Cockney, Welsh, Canadian, and so forth. This definitely livens things up quite a bit, although the story is so riveting it doesn't need it.
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- Levi

Gripping and relentless

I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting. I could not stop until the end.

While this is hardly a comprehensive account of the expedition ("Endurance" by Alfred Lansing is excellent in this regard, with much more detail and depth), I really prefer this telling -- very epic and cinematic.

My only criticism is the narration paled a bit in comparison to the narrative itself, but with material this inspiring that is a tall order -- and, frankly, I was so enrapt that I didn't even notice most of the time.
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- brenty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.