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.
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"This is not one of the books that made Shackleton famous to recent generations. This is Shackleton's original account, cobbled together from the journals of his failed but heroic expedition in Antarctica's Weddell Sea and the equally heroic and more disastrous expedition in the Ross Sea--two parts of one attempt to cross the Antarctic continent. The account embodies the sensibilities of its time, when explorers prized penguins and seals for food. Stephen Crossley offers a measured narration with a positive tone and an Oxbridge accent that make Shackleton come alive. However, the identities of various speakers are sometimes difficult to follow as the author draws material from different first-person accounts. The scientific appendices add to this greatest of Antarctic stories. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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