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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 183
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    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 170

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing adventure

  • By Michael Rafferty on 22-10-2017

Amazing adventure

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Reviewed: 22-10-2017

This is the most exhilarating non-fiction book I have ever listened to. Simply amazing story. This audio production brings the adventure to life in a visceral and dramatic way - it feels like you were there. Highly recommended.

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  • Into the Silence

  • By: Wade Davis
  • Narrated by: Enn Reitel
  • Length: 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

A monumental work of history, biography and adventure – the First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest – ten years in the writing.If the quest for Mount Everest began as a grand imperial gesture, as redemption for an empire of explorers that had lost the race to the Poles, it ended as a mission of regeneration for a country and a people bled white by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encompassing history of early Everest Expeditions

  • By The Quiet Reader on 03-05-2018

A magnificent audio book

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Reviewed: 13-09-2017

Easily, the most captivating book I have experienced in years. This is a big book and the size seems to match the dimensions of the story. The backdrop to the Everest Expeditions is painted with vivid colours. The experience of the First World War shaped many if not all the characters in this amazing story and lent gravitas to the actions of the British explorers. These were imperfect heroes, presented as humans with human vulnerabilities and flaws. It is to the credit of the author that these "warts and all" biographies makes Mallory and colleagues seem more heroic, not less.

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