Much better than I thought! I learned a lot more than the traditional lore about the Donner party. It was much more difficult, gruesome and heartbreaking than history had taught me. What was really compelling was realizing how many times they were warned, "Don't go that way-- it is NOT a shortcut!" They had grizzled experts warning them and so many examples of why they shouldn't have trusted certain people but they refused to turn back.
Which, is an interesting psychological study. Why it's so hard to admit you've made a mistake and backtrack when invested heavily down a certain path in life? It's a lesson for all of us.
Also fascinating is who survives and why. I live 5 hours from where they died and I can't wait to go there after the snow melts and see the monument dedicated to them.
I grew up in Wisconsin and if your car dies in 30 below weather and you're not prepared--you die! Be prepared always, everywhere!
That huge man (one of several rescuers) who refused to let children die just because they couldn't walk. He carried several for a few miles, set them down, came back for the others and repeated- like a relay. Everyone else was content to let them die.
He doesn't get in the way of the story at all, very comforting listen. Like you are around the campfire!
It made me wince, gasp, but most of all, think a lot. What would I do if the rescuers were there and I could walk out with my little children--or choose to stay by the side of my husband who was dying and then I would die for sure, I would be stranded because the rescuers left and wouldn't be coming back. Fascinating.
Always have food bars and water in your cars folks!! CB might be a good idea too along with the cell phone.
Yes. I have read about the Donner party in other books but this one showed the true tragedy in what they went through to get to the Sierras and then what they went through just to survive. A riveting read filled with star crossed timing issues and just overall bad luck yet the will to survive in a place that was barely survivable.
Yes, because so much is missed with the first listen.
No, Thank you.
No, Thank you.
Many true artic and sea survival stories...but much closer to home and more powerful...
Several...but I won't spoil the story...
Well worth the listen...interesting history of American exploration and expansion westward...with details of daily life and personal accounts from journals, diaries, and letters... a fascinating look back into the past...
It made me imagine..." what if...???"
Makes me appreciate life more & more every time I think of the story.
This story was so well narrated and the historical information was very enlightening and interesting and I really enjoyed learning about this historical event......would recommend
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
To remember the strength of the human heart and what these brave imigrants went thru. Look at our world now compared to what it must have looked like to them...
None so far but It's history, its the truth, would I have the strength? the courage?
No, but I will be looking for more.
The whole listen was hard to put down, I put myself in their places, with my children, friends, what decissions would I have made? I probably would have eaten anything or anyone!!!
I had heard this story many times in the past. It was a great account of what happened according to the journals and historical information we now have.
This book made me sad to think of the horrid things these pioneers had to endure and the choices they had to make in order for them or their families to survive. I kept having visions of my own 4 year old grandson having to live thru this. It brought very vivid scenes to my imagination.