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Publisher's Summary

C.F. McGlashan was the newspaper publisher of the local paper in Truckee, California, the closest town to the Donner Pass. McGlashan interviewed the survivors of the Donner Party, gathered artifacts and amassed an enormous amount of secondary information. Over an 18 month period, McGlashan published serialized articles in his paper and turned his articles into a book. History of the Donner Party is considered the definitive account of one of the most notorious treks in American history.
Public Domain (P)2013 Alcazar AudioWorks
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3 out of 5 stars
By S. Smail on 12-25-13

Good story, bad reading.

Would you try another book from C. F. McGlashan and/or Bobbie Frohman?

The author? Sure, as long as it interested me. The narrator? Not a chance.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't really like the narration right from the start. She quickly jumped from the end of one chapter to the beginning of the next, seemingly in the same breath. There was also just something about the rhythm of her reading that I didn't like. If those were the only two issues I wouldn't have really been bothered, but halfway through the book it's like whoever edited it just stopped trying. The narrator has to repeat herself many times, she'll get halfway through a sentence, stop and read the sentence over again. At one point she mispronounces a word so many times she stops, you can faintly hear her saying it to herself, and she starts again. (She did pronounce it right that time though.) She can also be heard clearing her throat at least one time. I'm only giving the performance two stars instead of one because if all of those issues had been edited out or if she'd been asked to read pieces of it again I would have only taken off one star. I actually feel bad for the narrator.

Any additional comments?

The book itself is well written, even if it is a little dull in parts. It also starts off fairly slowly, but that's often the case when it comes to the telling of historical events. But due to the narration I could only recommend it to anyone if they didn't have to pay for it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Terrie on 02-23-15

Narrator was droll. Editing was sorely needed.

The narrator was horribly droll and a bad reader. She was expressionless. The book was not edited and needed to have been. The narrator during a chapter was clearing her throat, re-read passages on several occasions. It was obvious that she had lost her place.
The story may have been good had it been read by someone else. She also kept reading the word lived as a long I.

Worst purchase I've made. Don't waist your money.

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