Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay - with winter freeze-up on their heels.
©1968 Eric Sevareid; (P)2009 Holton House Audio
"An amazing journey iof bold youth, the work blends memoir, documentary and adventure. Farrell makes us feel the author's nostalgia as he looks back at his youth with a glimmer in his eye and wonder that he made it through alive." (AudioFile)
I really enjoy this type of true life adventure story. It's amazing that these two people accomplished this journey - even more amazing is that they were so young and their equipment was not modern and high-tech.
There are a couple of warnings: the story was written decades ago and some of writing is of the "golly gee" type style of the 50's. Also, there are some terms that are offensive today, i.e., "savages," "half-breeds," etc.
However, the story and the journey is amazing. I would love to read someone else's take of their journey. It's like Ernest Shackleton writing of his own Endurance story. He probably wasn't dramatic, over-impressed with himself and emotional. Neither were these two characters so that the book tended to be a little dry at times, just mentioning the animals and people that they met. I wish that there was more detail of their personal hardships and emotions.
Eric Severeid barely touched on the hardships of the journey. For example, they had to walk 5 miles carrying their equipment and sank into the mud every 2-3 steps but only two sentences were devoted to the difficulty. Mr. Severeid did write that it was a walk he would never forget.
All in all, while their journey and exploits are very impressive, they did not do their story justice. Was listening to the book worthwhile? Yes, but it just seemed to skim the surface of a very exciting adventure. Also, not being able to follow their story with maps is a disadvantage. Maybe the hardcopy of the book has maps.
The narrator is average. A more youthful sounding narrator would have improved the story. However, I am always happy when narrators don't have lisps or over dramatic voices and Mr. Farrell did not.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This is an adventure story of two teenage boys in 1930. The story was quite blah with little details. The reader read it like he was reading the newspaper "sunny in the west with winds in the east". I found him very monitoned. I was wanting to know more about the wilderness they were in and more about the people they met along the way. For me it was boring. If your looking for a great adventure story go for "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, terrific book!
Exciting, captivating and spell binding.
Too many to ention.
Great narrator. Great delivery along with sound effects. This narrator is great!
Tale of true grit, adventure and survival.
I didn't know what to expect when I found this one, but it turned out to be a fantastic story, well written, trailblazing story by a couple of teenages, one of who was Eric Sevareid. An astonishing story.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Highly recommended for people that enjoy outdoor or adventure stories or US history around 1930s.
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