We just listened to the last chapter today. I am very glad that we chose to listen to this book. The author's narration gave it life in a way that I doubt printed words could capture. Enhanced with interview/snapshots of those he encountered. It was so completely captivating that we had difficulty "putting it down" when we needed to.
My husband has lived in Alaska and we happened to visit during some of the time Mr. Jenkins was there. Listening to this book brought back the awe and magic I felt seeing the landscapes and experiencing the height of winter in a part of our country that is completely unique.
Having lived in AK for two winters and covered the end of the Iditarod in Safety and then Nome for a local radio station, Peter's descriptions of AK, especially bush AK are spot on. At first his delivery is a little monotone, but soon you forget the messenger because you're so into the story. We listened to the whole book during a road trip and it made the time fly, driving through states a little less exciting than AK. We especially enjoyed Rebekkah's viewpoints and hearing her tell her experiences. We look forward to more from this second generation of Jenkins authors. We also enjoyed the tidbits of audio clips from Peter's interviews with the various characters in the story. My wife attended high school with Boyuk Ryan and her family knows his family so it was especially like stories from home. If you've never been to AK, this is a better representation of real life in the bush than any episode of Northern Exposure ever was! A must for those that have been there, are there or dream of going. Peter - keep going, we need more!
If you have a choice between watching paint dry or listening to this book - choose the paint. The stories in this book may have been interesting at some point, but somwhere between the writing and the reading this is lost.