• Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

  • Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
  • By: Blair Braverman
  • Narrated by: Blair Braverman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman confronting her fears and finding home in the North.

Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was 19, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska.

By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair's endeavor to become a "tough girl" - someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion - while being buried alive in an ice cave and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police - and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man's land.

Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

©2016 Blair Braverman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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This memoir was good for what it was; my problem with it was that it was marketed as an adventure narrative, and it turned out to be more about coming-of-age and sexuality. I wanted more about the dogs and dogsledding and living on the ice and the people of Norway (those parts were great) and less about the men in Blair's life and their sexual tensions.

Blair Braverman read the account herself, and I do enjoy that. She is a somewhat flat reader, but still, I like the story in the writer's own voice.

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Compelling story, and I loved to hear it in the authors own voice. Gorgeous storytelling.

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wonderful story, and narration

Incredible story of a brave young woman, and her life in the Artic. I cannot wait to download another. I feel her love for her dogs. She writes with such honesty about her doubts, her relationships, and conviction. Thank you, Blair, for taking readers on a great adventure.

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Amazing and heart wrenching.

Beautiful, thoughtful, and caring in tone. An amazing biographical account of a young woman's journey into adulthood. Brilliant execution and heartwarming construction. A crown jewel when narrated by the author herself.

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Beautiful, Inspiring, Adventuresome

This book was absolutly wonderful in every way. From losing herself to making a home Blair Braverman's story is one for everyone. Would reccomend to anyone, especially any girl looking for inspiration or those trying to find themselves.

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Entertaining and thoughtful

Brilliantly told contrasts of ordinary and extraordinary people. I was able to see and feel the experiences through Blair's witty and thoughtful writing. She puts words to feelings that I have felt and that I have never felt or never would want to feel.

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Kept waiting for it to get better. Never did!

Boring details description of everything, other than few introspective moments she writes about, the book is boring. No one relates to her story. What parents sent their 16 year old girl to live in these harsh conditions for a year, then mother shuts her down when she tried to tell her about her doubt regarding the host family? She is screwed psychologically otherwise who else will go on "Naked and Afraid" show. It's messed up. Sorry.
Shocked by all the good reviews.

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Light on the adventure aspect

Tooooo much about her boyfriends and not enough about life on the Arctic with the dogs.

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Unique and compelling…

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It’s a deeper story than just the title infers. Blaire’s call to the north and to dog mushing is only half of the tale. Her experiences as a young woman thrown into a world of predatory men, as well as her life in the far north country, and the healing time amongst a small, complex Norwegian community that became extended family kept me intrigued and riveted. I especially liked hearing it in Blaire’s voice. I recommend this book whole heartedly!

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Not what I expected

I listened to an interview with the author and was expecting more of a story about her experience mushing and participating in the Iditarod. Instead this was a coming of age story and how her relationships were influenced by her time in Norway. It is a lovely story but not what I expected from the title or her Interview. The afterward was the only part of the book I felt lived up to my expectations