The White Darkness

2 CDs. Books on Tape. Oct. 2018. 2:30 hrs. ISBN 9781984840172. $20. digital download. HIST
OrangeReviewStarGrann (The Lost City of Z) chronicles the story of Henry Worsley, a British special forces officer who was obsessed with the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and the exploration of Antarctica. Worsley not only read everything he could find about Shackleton, he collected artifacts and communicated with other individuals with the same interests and who, like Worsley, were related to those who served with Shackleton. Worsley's military career reflected his dedication and devotion to a cause, characteristics that propelled Worsley's own attempt to walk across Antarctica to the South Pole. He and two other descendants of Shackleton's crew successfully completed the journey in 2008. In 2015, at the age of 56, Worsley attempted to walk across Antarctica alone.
VERDICT Grann's vivid, descriptive writing together with the passionate reading by Will Patton make this an outstanding listen. A modern-day hero dedicated to a goal is much needed in today's society. ["Solidifies Worsley as one of the great leaders and explorers of the modern age who has pushed the limits of human achievement, while also providing a fresh narrative of Shackleton's accomplishments": LJ 11/15/18 review of the Doubleday hc.]
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