Ordeal by Hunger

  • by George R. Stewart
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846, 87 people, men, women, and children, set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering. 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.


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A harrowing story

This book is an astounding story of endurance and intrigue. What a human will do in order to survive!
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- Raymond Fowler


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no I found this book not what I thought it was going to be, maybe I should have expected it from the title.

What will your next listen be?

something funny, or another history book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

there was nothing wrong with it, just not for me sorry

If this book were a film would you go see it?


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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.