This book can be summed up in one word: WOW!
Any problems you think you have just pale in comparison to what the Donner and Reed emigrant party suffered through in the winter of 1846-47. This story will haunt you and can almost be life changing. It really puts priorities in perspective.
My only complaint with this audio book would be in the sound editing of the narrator's recording. Pauses (short gaps of silence) were apparently added between many of the paragraphs breaking up their natural flow. They're a tad annoying and unnecessary.
The narrators reading was otherwise most excellent.
I loved the book!
As previous reviewers have noted, the author of this book often came off as being whiny and somewhat spineless. Being a former military helicopter pilot, I found the author's story very interesting and familiar... it's a great story overall. But the lavish, lengthy descriptions of the author's internal feelings, fears, and emotions were just way over done and almost nauseating to listen to. It's like he felt the need to stretch the book out by embellishing on his fears and doubts. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no problem with a person being sensitive and in touch with their emotions, but way to much text and time was spent in this book on them almost making it unbearable to listen to. Yes tell us you were afraid, but like any well trained military pilot, just move on and tell us how you did your job. Sheez!
I found the subject mattor of this book fascinating and very thought provoking. I enjoued it so much I intend to listen to it several more times to better absorb the complexity and depth of the subject matter.
Richard Dawkins is a wonderful narrator with clear speech and impeccable pronunciation. As other reviewers have mentioned, I too didn't care for having two narrators jumping back and forth while reading, but it was quite tolerable and I got used to it.
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