Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
One of the other commentators wrote, "Don't listen to this if you're off your meds." I'm not on meds, but at the end of five hours of listening to this horrifically depressing tale, I would gladly have swallowed a handful of Prozac or whatever the drug of choice is these days.
I finally gave up when I realized that -- contrary to 98% of all other books I've ever listened to -- I was dreading plugging in my ear buds, not looking forward to it. The story is unrelentingly bleak: people and animals are either dead or dying -- dying of hunger, cold, of enemy action, of the loss of hope and humanity. It's made all the worse by the really excellent narration by Ron Perlman -- he makes it all come alive, which is what really got to me. This isn't a "true" story, but the historical situation is true, and hearing Perlman give voice to the pure agony of whatever marginal survival most of these people had, made it more painful yet.
I don't need happy 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' tales, but this one is too grim for me. Too much pain and sadness to willingly take on. Maybe I'd revise the other commentators advice: Be sure you've taken your meds before you turn this one on.
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