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When I listen to stories such as this, I cannot help but think how soft we are as a generation. The fact of the matter is, most everything has already been explored; the gold has all but been dug up, and the wilderness seems to be tamed…by simply being avoided and read about on the internet. Every once in a while someone will climb a mountain or row across an ocean but for the most part, we don’t see people like those whose stories were shared from the vast gold fields of northern Canada.
The Klondyke and those who sought her riches (almost) mimics Tombstone in a way. Without the famous shootout at the OK Corral (read Jeff Guinn's The Last Gunfight), the Klondyke prospectors did their best to portray a boom town when there was little else to draw such a crowd to the vast wilderness. The stories of each within this book were captivating and kept my interest throughout. One can almost imagine the harsh winters and mosquito-bitten summers when there was no such thing as a thermal socks and Gortex nor a can of OFF. And the temperatures and terrain along with the wolves and bears did little to turn these men and women away from the chance to become a millionaire with one swing of the pick-axe. And then, as soon as it all started, it was over…the gold almost gone and the private prospector on his/her way back to where they once came. And with the likes of Jack London to spark your interest, it’s tough to put this one down.
With a reader (Steven Cooper) doing an excellent job of keeping my attention changing dialects and inflection with each syllable, I didn’t ever feel bored or wanting to listen to something else. Well done! The reading combined with a decent story to will make this book well worth your hard earned credit.
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Would you try another book from Charlotte Gray and/or Steven Cooper?
I am going to make it a point to stay away from Steven Cooper's narrations. He reads it with little to no emotion or interest; its like he is reading a seventh grade book report and and is bored to death.
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