- A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole
- Narrated by: Jerri Nielsen
- Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-10-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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By Ann on 30-10-08
Great content, dismal reading
This is a fascinating book, but the reading is truly awful. Had the reading been better, I'd have given the book a higher rating. The author (who is also the reader) mispronounces words; the fact that she can't pronounce "Antarctica", a very central word in the text, is very scary - especially since she lived there! In addition, she sounds like she doesn't understand what she's reading - she often pauses in the wrong place in sentences. The listener often has to figure out what she SHOULD have said. Since she wrote the thing, it must just be that she is a bad reader. Or perhaps it really was the ghost writer who wrote it? That might explain why she read as if she didn't understand the text. I recommend this book highly, but only in print form. The reading is so bad that it detracts greatly from the experience. I do understand the appeal of hearing the author, especially in such a personal book, but in this case the publisher made a big mistake in not hiring a professional reader.
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By alaska rower on 18-08-18
Inspired at the time, but disappointed by the book
Like so many others, I was captivated by Dr Nielsens' story at the time. Her voice catalogues in detail the challenges of practicing medicine in a remote, under-supplied post, but I was left wanting more insight about the human connections and lack thereof. I missed the sense of inspiration, of an ordinary human being rising to an extraordinary challenge.
I kept wanting some insight into the WHY of her being estranged permanently from her kids, of leaving emergency medicine.
For another more reflective voice of a woman in the Antarctic, I recommend Leading on the Edge, Robertson