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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Great book...poorly narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook because it is one to the best books I have read about the Tour Divide Race. I'm obsessed with the race and plan to do it summer of 2018...I've listened to the book over three times on my commute.

What did you like best about this story?

Jill Homer gives a very entertaining, highly personalized and detailed account of her experiences on the Great Divide.

How could the performance have been better?

The Narrator is wrong for this book. She would be perfect to narrate an Agatha Christie novel, but not a story about a young, very athletic woman. I actually Googled Jill Homer so I could associate her face with the story...instead of picturing a 70 year-old female librarian bombing down a trail on mountain bike.

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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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Pretty decent story

The narration was not good at all, but the story was alright...a little too much female drama for my taste though

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  • Albert
  • Manchester, NH, United States
  • 07-20-17

Worst Narrator EVER - EVER

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is deaf

Would you ever listen to anything by Jill Homer again?

Maybe

How could the performance have been better?

Seriously? Did ANYONE listen to this book?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I will let you know when I read it in hardcover. There is no way I could listen to this woman for 13 hours.

Any additional comments?

Fire the Narrator