South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Narrator: Geoffrey Howard
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Craig Black
Published In: February 2000
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 13 minutes
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His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.

Shackleton's gripping account of his incredible voyage follows him and his men across 600 miles of unstable ice floes to a barren rock called Elephant Island. It records how, with a crew of four, he crossed 850 miles of the worst seas in a twenty-two-foot-long open boat and how, after landing on South Georgia Island, they then had to traverse over twenty miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. Shackleton recounts, too, the efforts of his support party aboard the Aurora, who in temperatures of -50 degrees and winds of 80 m.p.h. still managed to drop off supplies on the opposite side of the continent, little suspecting the fate of the Endurance and the ordeal of its crew.

An astonishing story that explores the limits of unparalleled human courage, Shackleton's South ranks amoung history's greatest adventures.

Reviews (1)


Written by lorin on March 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

very dry listen. I guess it is to be expected, after all it is a straight read of a journal. Narrator seemed bored to death.

Author Details

Author Details

Shackleton, Ernest Henry

Shackleton was a national hero in England when he began his 3rd Antarctic trip. He had been knighted for his attempt to reach the South Pole between 1907 and 1909 after coming within 100 miles of his goal.

Shackleton, Sir Ernest

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was an Irish polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early twentieth century. He was a junior officer under Robert Falcon Scott during the 1901-1904 expedition to the South Pole. His expedition on the whaler Nimrod in 1907 earned him a knighthood. He detailed his adventures aboard the Endurance during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914-1917 in the memoir South.