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What made the experience of listening to In the Kingdom of Ice the most enjoyable?
It is long by audio book standards but it was worth it because of all of the context of the era provided. It helps answer the question "why" that most often comes up when you read or listen to these stories of exploration.
What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?
The fact that I don't remember the performance is a good thing. Some audio books are ruined by either droning or the reader trying to do too many voices and accents. This was more or less a straight through narrative reading with inflection in the right places.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The real words from the journals and ship logs made it more touching and personal.
Any additional comments?
This is a good compliment to all the Antarctic exploration/disaster books. It is hard to believe that not that long ago there were no cell phones, satellites, airplanes, etc. People went on these expeditions with two years of supplies into an unmapped region of our own planet.
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I could not put my iPod down once the voyage started. However, be aware that there are hours of listening in preparation, and a review of who is in the crew before we ever see the USS Jeannette take to the seas.
Commander George DeLong takes charge of 32 crew members on their voyage; all having the highest expectations that this would be a successful trip. After all, the Jeannette was reinforced in every way possible to ensure barging through the ice would be no problem. There were enough supplies and food on board to last well through the anticipated trip. The crew was carefully picked to make sure there was a good mix of quality and knowledgeable men.
However, nothing could have prepared them for being trapped in the ice for years. Like so many North Pole expeditions of that time period, it was a struggle just to survive. After the Jeannette is trapped in the ice, DeLong deserves a lot of credit for keeping his crew in good spirits through some of the most horrific and grizzly injuries and freezing conditions you can imagine.
If you like this type of historical adventure, it is well worth a credit. Very well written and the narration is great.
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