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  1. 18.2 hrs • 10/20/2013 • Unabridged

    A wild epic journey by an American physician and two Inuit companions who successfully struggle to be the first humans to reach the North Pole. The adventure continues with a year-long, perilous journey back to civilization. The true story concludes with the angry wrath of the establishment, when it is discovered that three men with simple tools accomplished this near impossible feat before a well-financed and government-backed explorer did. Listen as Dr. Frederick Albert Cook, a respected physician and experienced explorer, tells you how he became the first man to reach the North Pole on April 21, 1908.

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  2. 7.1 hrs • 3/26/2013 • Unabridged

    Stranded in the frozen Antarctic sea for nearly two years, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 polar explorers endured extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive—a fact that speaks not only to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership. Drawing on this amazing story, Leading at the Edge demonstrates the importance of a strong leader in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. This engaging and practical audiobook reveals ten strategies for success, illustrating how leaders can: • Instill optimism while staying grounded in reality • Have the courage to step up to risks worth taking • Consistently reinforce the team message • Set a personal example • Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about • Never give up Today’s leaders have much to learn from this gripping account of survival against all odds. Leading at the Edge will help them bring order to chaos—and achieve success in the face of adversity.

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    Leading at the Edge

    By Dennis N. T. Perkins, PhD with Margaret P. Holtman and Jillian B. Murphy
    Read by Walter Dixon
    7.1 hrs • 3/26/13 • Unabridged
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    11.7 hrs • 1/28/2013 • Unabridged

    His two companions were dead, his food and supplies had vanished in a crevasse, and Douglas Mawson was still one hundred miles from camp. On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?” This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders.

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    Alone on the Ice by David Roberts

    Alone on the Ice

    11.7 hrs • 1/28/13 • Unabridged
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    10.6 hrs • 6/22/2011 • Unabridged

    Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it’s the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers’ achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the heroic age of Antarctic discovery was really about.

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    An Empire of Ice

    10.6 hrs • 6/22/11 • Unabridged
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  5. 14.6 hrs • 3/31/2011 • Unabridged

    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. 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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    South

    14.6 hrs • 3/31/11 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.0 hrs • 11/1/2009 • Abridged

    In August 1914, renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. They came within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack, and the crew was stranded on the floes. Their ordeal lasted for twenty grueling months, and the group made two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before they were finally rescued.Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton’s expedition. An extraordinary re-creation of the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew’s heroic daily struggle for survival, The Endurance thrillingly describes one of the last great adventures in the brave age of exploration—perhaps the greatest of them all.

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    The Endurance

    6.0 hrs • 11/1/09 • Abridged
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  7. 9.5 hrs • 9/8/2008 • Unabridged

    In September 1909—after nearly two decades of determined effort and numerous attempts, during which he lost eight toes to frostbite—American polar explorer Robert E. Peary emerged from the Arctic’s frozen wasteland and declared that his final expedition had been victorious: on April 6, 1909, Peary had attained the North Pole, a long-sought prize that had thwarted and even killed his predecessors. Peary’s news stunned the international community because a few days earlier his rival, American explorer Frederick A. Cook, had announced a similar victory. Cook’s claim—allegedly occurring April 1908—had priority over Peary’s. The vehement, often vicious campaign mounted by Peary and his wealthy, powerful backers (including President Theodore Roosevelt) soon discredited Cook but also caused his own claim to be scrutinized and doubted. The conflict ignited the greatest geographical dispute in the history of exploration, a controversy that continues to spark passionate debate. Was Peary the first explorer to conquer the North Pole? The North Pole, originally published in 1910, makes available Peary’s own account of his expedition in the Arctic. It provides hotly contested evidence that remains an indispensable key in deciding who deserved the coveted title “Discoverer of the North Pole.” It is also a gripping adventure story that is impossible to put down.

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    The North Pole

    9.5 hrs • 9/8/08 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.0 hrs • 8/25/2008 • Unabridged

    The Ice Diaries tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing, top-secret mission aboard the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with newly declassified, never-before-published information, The Ice Diaries takes listeners on a dangerous journey beneath the vast, unexplored Arctic ice cap during the height of the Cold War.

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    The Ice Diaries

    By William Anderson, with Don Keith
    10.0 hrs • 8/25/08 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.2 hrs • 4/20/2006 • Abridged

    In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed south aboard the Endurance to be the first to cross Antarctica. Shackleton’s endeavor is legend, but few know the astonishing story of the Ross Sea party, the support crew he dispatched to the opposite side of the continent to build a vital lifeline of food and fuel depots. When the Ross Sea ship, the Aurora, broke free of her moorings and disappeared in a gale in 1915, she left ten men stranded on the continent with only the clothes on their backs and little hope of rescue. Against all odds the men decided to go forward with their mission, sledging 1,700 miles in a record-setting two-year odyssey. They never imagined that their immense sacrifice was futile—for Shackleton never set foot on the continent, and the Endurance lay crushed at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. Inexperienced and poorly equipped, the men of the Ross Sea party endured the unspeakable suffering of malnutrition, hypothermia, and extreme weather conditions with fortitude. With their personal journals and previously unpublished documents, Kelly Tyler-Lewis brings us close to these men in their best and bleakest times and revives for us their heroic, astounding story of survival in the most hostile environment on earth.

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    The Lost Men

    6.2 hrs • 4/20/06 • Abridged
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  10. 10.7 hrs • 11/1/2003 • Unabridged

    In 1743, a Russian ship was blown off course and trapped in ice off the coast of Svalbard (Spitzbergen), a barren Arctic island. Four sailors went ashore with only two days’ supplies, and only twenty pounds of flour for food. Upon return they found the ship had vanished, apparently crushed and sunk by the ice. Blessed with courage and ingenuity, the men survived more than six years of unimaginable hardship—including polar bear attacks—until another ship blown off course rescued them. An expert on the literature of adventure, David Roberts was incredulous when he first heard the story. His near-obsessive quest to find the true story culminated with his own journey to the same desolate island. Here, Roberts shares the remarkable story that he discovered, a meditation on the genius of survival against impossible odds. Riveting and haunting, Four against the Arctic chronicles an incredible true story.

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    Four against the Arctic by David Roberts

    Four against the Arctic

    Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
    10.7 hrs • 11/1/03 • Unabridged
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    20.1 hrs • 5/1/2003 • Unabridged

    This gripping story of courage and achievement is an account of Robert Falcon Scott’s last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes, where began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region. On November 12, 1912, in arctic temperatures, Cherry-Garrard, in a search party, found the bodies of Scott and his companions, along with their poignant last notebook entries, some of them recorded in this work. Among Cherry-Garrard’s friends and admirers were John Galsworthy, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Bernard Shaw. His background in the arts and humanities makes The Worst Journey in the World stand out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic in the annals of exploration.

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    The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

    The Worst Journey in the World

    20.1 hrs • 5/1/03 • Unabridged
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  12. 12.2 hrs • 2/1/2000 • Unabridged

    In 1911, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to lead the first expedition across Antarctica, 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, marooning him and his crew. This gripping first-hand account follows Shackleton and his men on their harrowing journey back to civilization: over 600 miles of unstable ice floes on foot, 850 miles of the worst seas in an open 22-foot boat, and then 20 miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. An astonishing story that explores the limits of human courage, Shackleton’s South ranks among history’s greatest adventures.

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    South by Sir Ernest Shackleton

    South

    12.2 hrs • 2/1/00 • Unabridged
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