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L. Olson

Cincinnati, OH United States | Listener Since 2004

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  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night at 60 below zero. Here, for the first time, is their story of legendary heroism and endurance.

    Pete says: "Read This Book!"
    "Just a Story..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, truly did, but up to a point. The story is good and has to be told. Certainly the epidemic was terrible and the actions of the people were very courageous, with lots of sacrifices made. And I even loved the way bonds were formed between man and dog. However, this was just an historical narration. There were no interactions between the people involved, just a "person telling a story." When I read or listen to a book, I like to get into the characters involved, to feel what they are feeling, to feel the excitement or anger, or explore other emotions. Sadly this book is lacking in that area. The narrator's voice was clear and concise, but lacking in emotion. If you enjoy this type of narration, then you will very likely enjoy this book. But for me personally, I found my mind wandering at times, and can only give it a 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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