Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers, an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.
©1936 George R. Stewart; (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks
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!
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is an excellent history with interesting stories and interesting characters. It is VERY detailed. Some may find the detail tedious, I found everything interesting. I have read other histories of these events, and this was the most detailed as well as the most touching.
I could not finish the book. The narrator's habit of taking a HUGE audible breath before each cadence or sentence became nauseating.
The narrator's habit of taking a HUGE audible breath before each cadence or sentence became nauseating.
If you like the Donner story, stick with the audible book, DESPARATE PASSAGE.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
This book was wonderful. The additions made in this 1960's revision made it come alive for me. Virginia's letters at the end put everything in perspective. The narration was excellent.
This book also answered some genealogy questions I had about the people involved. That really made me happy.
I've been an Audible subscriber for over 10 years and this is one of my favourite audiobooks. It's a perfect length story to cover the full tale of the Donner Party. As the author notes at the beginning of the book, the good/bad/ugly of human nature is showcased vividly. What I enjoy about the book is that the tone of the narrator fits so well with the writing style of the author (if you read any of my other reviews, you'll see that this is the hallmark of a good audiobook for me!). It's almost like the author and the narrator were one person, sitting in a wooden rocking chair on a porch on a summer evening, or beside a fire on a blizzardy night, and telling us a tale from the pioneering days in the old west. Factual and thorough without being emotionally dramatic, yet still compelling through devices like foreshadowing. Instead, the author and narrator leave it to our imaginations, to envision the action while they're describing those famous events. This is a memorable story and the narration complemented it well.
Wow! I felt as if I was right there along with the Donner party, the way that the author, George Stewart, told this story. The book is detailed enough to really “feel it”, but also moves along at a good pace that keep you coming back for more.
I was able to actually envision how the Donner party faced tremendous odds of adversity and had to resort to some of the most unthinkable acts in order to try to survive. Would you?... Could you? Well, if you were facing these odds… you just might!
If you’re looking for a really good, true story, adventure book, this is the one for you!
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
of an almost unimaginable event in American history.
I bought this because I'm interested in the Gold Rush. Two hours of listening and we're still on minutae of California pre-civil war politics and transcontinental politics.
I doubt I'll finish.
"A harrowing story"
This book is an astounding story of endurance and intrigue. What a human will do in order to survive!
no I found this book not what I thought it was going to be, maybe I should have expected it from the title.
something funny, or another history book.
there was nothing wrong with it, just not for me sorry
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