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I first read this book 18 years ago with my husband. Shakleton has rated high on my list of heroes ever since. So, although I know the story fairly well, it was incredible to be reminded of the extraordinary details of this astounding journey and these amazing men. As others have said, the narrator is outstanding, and does a lot to build and keep the listener's attention.
This is a story that will change your perspective on what it means to "endure" and will make you grateful for all that you have in your life: drinking water, toilet paper, fresh vegetables, and most of all - a dry, warm bed to sleep in. I love this book, and am SO glad I took the time to listen to it again after many years. I suspect I may listen for a third time before another 18 years go by.
Our family of four listens to books on car trips, etc. This book turned out to be perfect during our vacation to Alaska, where, we too, it seemed, went back to the pioneer days a bit. We laughed and sympathized with the characters. The plot is fairly predictable, but a couple unexpected twists. Our 13-year old daughter loved it most, but her 11-year old brother liked it too. It gave us some interesting things to talk about, which is a bonus. If you have a penchant for chickens, and kids who have cell phones - you must give this one a try!
I wanted to preview this book (while listening during my running workouts) for my 7th and 8th graders in a reading class because of the historical content. The reader does an excellent job with a wide range of voices. The story itself has a blend of humor and dramatic elements. It introduces the underground railroad, the concept of spies in relation to the Civil War, and the climax centers on the battle of Gettysburg. Add in the fact that Homer, the main character, is an orphan, and you have the ingredients for a compelling story. A word of caution: many readers may need some background about the Civil War to support their comprehension of the whole thing. I liked it, and would recommend this for a family listen on a road trip or something like that.
Our family listened to this at the tail end of a long road trip. We all laughed, and a couple of us wiped a couple tears. Some good humor, and a few insightful pointers for the teacher (me, mom) in the family to use with my own students. Sahara is a likable character, for sure!
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