I really enjoyed this story! The characters were very well developed and memorable, the narration was outstanding (leaving me with a no doubt false sense that I had a grasp of the Inuit language), and the plot and setting were great. Not the deepest book you'll ever read, but above average for a mystery, in my opinion. Listening to it through the heat of summer was especially refreshing as you enter a world where below freezing weather is comfortable and normal. A few inconsistencies in the story annoyed me, but they were quite minor (like the fact that she has a dog pack that conveniently appears in the story once or twice although she almost never has to feed or care for them). The dive into modern Inuit culture seemed (to my ignorant self) to be realistic, not overly romanticized as could so easily be the case. I wanted to spend time up there so badly by the end of the book....
A good story, which grows on you, and is worth a listen - but there are others of Gaiman's I prefer to this. And sorry, but I didn't love Gaiman as a narrator - you really notice the difference when you listen to professionals most of the time. His voice modulation and cadence often made him difficult to understand, and I was constantly adjusting the volume to try and deal with this.
What a story! And beautifully narrated.... The beauty and adventure and exquisite language will carry you dream-like through this book, and you'll be glad you can listen again.
The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.
I like survival stories (bit of an addiction in fact) and this may be one of the greatest ever. It is breath-taking, in both how amazing the details of the story are, and in how exhausting the story line can be. For many many hours, you get almost no relief from the insane stress and difficulty of this group's survival. I especially enjoyed reading it not actually knowing the history (as in, whether they lived or died) - which obviously I could have looked up on wikipedia but I preferred to keep myself in a bit of suspense. Very well narrated as well. I wept at the end, and there's no question this story will be a part of my consciousness forever.
Sorry, I couldn't get off the ground on this one. The voice and accent were jarring to me. Maybe listening to these books doesn't work once you've become addicted to "True Blood". Or maybe I should try again later in a different mood.
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