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Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole | [Jerri Nielsen]

Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

The freezing Antarctic winter shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up. During the winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of 41 people, discovered a lump in her breast. She was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until her rescue in October.
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The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 degrees below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up.

During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of 41 people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the US, she was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October.

A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen.

Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of marvels - and limits - of modern medical technology, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity.

But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage and the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues - both known and unknown to her - whose aid proved to be her salvation.

©2002 Jerri Nielsen; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lorraine United States 03-25-14
    Lorraine United States 03-25-14
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    "A compelling Story"
    What did you love best about Ice Bound?

    This is a very descriptive narrative of life at the South Pole, and a very brave, courageous woman's fight for survival. Hopefully her children will have learnt something about the struggle between their parents, assuming they took the time to read her book.


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    Karla Huntsman Utah 12-19-12
    Karla Huntsman Utah 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Story is worth the listen"

    I was disappointed like other listeners at the poor narration by the author. However, her incredible story is worth getting used to the voice. After listening for a while the narration is not so bothersome and you really do get caught up in the drama that Dr. Nielsen experienced at the South Pole. If you are a fan of stories like "Into Thin Air" you will enjoy this very much.

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    C. Dunning North Bay, California 03-25-09
    C. Dunning North Bay, California 03-25-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Reading is Painful"

    I'm not even half way through the book and the reading is so painful that I'll probably get the book out of the library and read it myself. Whoever made the decision to make this into an audiobook should have recommended hiring a professional reader. The author had an incredible story and wrote a decent book, but is not a reader.

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    gmrob Minnesota 03-13-09
    gmrob Minnesota 03-13-09 Member Since 2006

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    "good story but..."

    I enjoyed the story that was told but the book was narrated by the author and that made it a very painful listen. Not many authors make good narrators.

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    MontagueGuy Montague Michigan 12-28-08
    MontagueGuy Montague Michigan 12-28-08
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    "Very poor reading"

    I was extremely disappointed. I had a hard time concentrating because the reading was so bad. Author did the reading and she seemed to have a reading level of an 8th grader. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 11-11-08
    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 11-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting story"

    Interesting story, but author really should not have read her own book. She seemed to stumble through parts of it. The story; however, was good enough that it kept me listening.

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    Ann OsloNorway 10-30-08
    Ann OsloNorway 10-30-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Great content, dismal reading"

    This is a fascinating book, but the reading is truly awful. Had the reading been better, I'd have given the book a higher rating. The author (who is also the reader) mispronounces words; the fact that she can't pronounce "Antarctica", a very central word in the text, is very scary - especially since she lived there! In addition, she sounds like she doesn't understand what she's reading - she often pauses in the wrong place in sentences. The listener often has to figure out what she SHOULD have said. Since she wrote the thing, it must just be that she is a bad reader. Or perhaps it really was the ghost writer who wrote it? That might explain why she read as if she didn't understand the text. I recommend this book highly, but only in print form. The reading is so bad that it detracts greatly from the experience. I do understand the appeal of hearing the author, especially in such a personal book, but in this case the publisher made a big mistake in not hiring a professional reader.

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    Ruth B. 10-14-08
    Ruth B. 10-14-08
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    "Grab a blanket! You will feel the cold!"

    This book is about a doctor that discovered a lump in her breast shortly after the last plane left the South Pole. She was stuck there for over 8 months before they were able to rescue her.

    While telling the story of her ordeal she also paints a picture of what life is like living in such a harsh environment. You will feel the cold as you listen to the stories of how people work and play at temperatures below zero.

    I do not know if it was the recording or the reader but this book often has a slight pause in the middle of a word. I tend to feel that it was the reader though. If not for this, I would give this 5 stars.

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