Be Brave, Be Strong

A Journey Across the Great Divide
Narrated by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Jill Homer, a newspaper editor in Alaska, has an outlandish ambition: a 2,740-mile mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico along the rugged Continental Divide. But in the tradition of best-laid plans, Jill's dream starts to unravel the minute she sets it in motion. An accident during a race on the Iditarod Trail results in serious frostbite. As she struggles with painful recovery and uncertainties about leaving a good job to pursue a seemingly impossible pipe dream, her employer hands down an offer she can't refuse. Just two days before their departure date, her boyfriend ends their eight-year relationship. This final blow dismantles everything Jill thought she knew about life, love and her own identity. Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide is the story of an adventure driven relentlessly forward as foundations crumble. During her record-breaking ride in the 2009 Tour Divide, Jill battles a torrent of self-doubt, anger, fatigue, loneliness, pain, grief, bicycle failures, crashes, violent storms, and hopelessness. Each night, she collapses under the crushing effort of this savage new way of life. And every morning, she picks up the pieces and strikes out anew in an ongoing journey to discover what lies on the other side of the Great Divide: astonishing beauty, unconditional kindness, and boundless strength.

©2011 Jill Homer (P)2016 Jill Homer
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The worst narrator in history

Enjoyed the story but the narrator made the book almost unreadable. It's a shame because I thought the book was well written.

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Listen to a sample first

I am an average Joe ultra runner and identify with Jill Homer's struggles and triumphs in the outdoors, but this reading of her work just doesn't work for me. Listen to a sample and see if it works for you before committing.

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  • 01-11-19

Kept my interest, but there are issues...

Decent story, although I grew tired of hearing: "...he said."
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It made the writing seem a little lazy. In place of the word "said," I'd have been pleased to hear other words such as: exclaimed, cried, called out, interjected, chortled, etc.

As for the performance of the reader, I'm saddened to say it's the worst I've heard in an audiobook. I was able to tolerate it and finish the entire story, but the poorly-done male voice impressions and the numerous mispronunciations of place names (among other things) were sigh inducing at best, and served as a significant distraction.

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Dry and boring narrative

I would have loved to finish this book. But the narrative was boring and dry. Too mechanical. Could not make it past the 3rd chapter. I'll finish it if they rerecord with a new narrator.

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narrator is horrible

its unbearable to listen to this narrator. just trust me... its unlistenable and I wanted to like it. maybe I'll just read it the normal way

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Listen to sample before buying

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Worst reading ever, however ...

Jill Homer is a very skillful storyteller, which made it bearable. Had to listen on 2x speed to get through, but glad I stuck it out.

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An excellent story poorly executed.

A fantastic story documenting the Tour Divide experience with infuriating mispronunciations of proper places. The story chronicles the motives and journey of the Tour Divide from a unique perspective very well. However, I found the uneven rythm of speech and the consistent mispronunciation of familiar places and things to be infuriating.

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Worst narration in the history of time

This book was unbearable to listen to. This was the worst narration I’ve ever experienced. The content of the story is aspiring. The writing is elementary. It gets frustrating to listen to “he said”, “she said” repeatedly when the conversation is taking place between two people.

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Truly enjoyed this journey with author

The words made this incredible trip come to life. Well written! The narrator did a good job but pronouncing places and various words correctly would have made an even better experience for the listener. However I looked forward to the next time I could listen to more of the story. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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  • 07-18-19

Dear god the Narration.....

I realllllly wanted to like this book and the story, but dam it was so hard to get past the narration!
Somehow I fished it as I felt committed but couldn't recommend the Audio book, buy the real book if you're keen to hear Jill's story.