Ice Bound

  • by Jerri Nielsen
  • Narrated by Jerri Nielsen
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Antarctic winter, with temperatures 100 degrees below zero, shuts supply lines down completely; conditions are too treacherous for planes and boats and the only connection with the rest of the world is satellite hook-up.During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, the only physician on a staff of 41 people, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via satellite e-mail with doctors in the US, she was forced to perform a biopsy and in June began to treat herself with chemotherapy, in order to insure that she could survive until conditions permitted her rescue in October.A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and in less than five minutes took off with Dr. Nielsen.Set in one of the most remote and desolate yet strikingly beautiful landscapes on earth, Jerri Nielsen's narrative of her transforming experiences is a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, a chronicle of marvels - and limits - of modern medical technology, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity. But at its core this is a powerfully moving drama of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage and the fierce dedication of scores of colleagues - both known and unknown to her - whose aid proved to be her salvation.

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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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- Ann

Great story, terrible narration

Great story but the narrator lacked experience in story telling, sounded as if she was reading a script and often stumbling over words. That said its still worth the read.
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- Willa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio