An astonishing story that explores the limits of unparalleled human courage, Shackleton's South ranks among history's greatest adventures.
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By Matthew on 19-10-04
Gripping, moving, brilliant story
I listened to this one in the car on my way to and from work each day. As the end approached, I would sit in my car and listen - I couldn't bring myself to turn off the player. I even cried, twice. I never cry.
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By Diane on 23-03-11
Best part is by Sir Ernest
The first 2/3 of the book focus on Shackelton's trek. The book loses some appeal after he switches to the Ross Sea party efforts. The narrator, while wonderful in general, does a poor job of identifying either through pauses or other effects, when Shackelton is quoting from diaries.
For readers not familiar with the story, Sir Ernest (the Boss) was one of the true leaders of the modern era. His expedition to cross Antarctica went horribly wrong, but his amazing leadership and vision brought the 27 men under his command out of the ice into safety with only minor injuries.
His description of the events are at the same time scientific and lyrical. He is equally at home discussing the pressure ridges of the ice as he is describing the amazing sunsets and twilights.
A great listen.
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