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Publisher's Summary

In April 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.
In this gripping narrative, New York Times best-selling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.
©2009 Daniel James Brown (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Brown draws from the many previously published accounts of the tragedy.... But he tells the tale with a novelist's touch." ( Boston Globe)
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By Amazon Customer on 11-24-14

Wonderful story but...

I usually don't write reviews, but I thought since I downloaded this book as soon as it was available to do so, and it looks like there are no other reviews at the moment, I would take the time to give other people an idea of what to expect.

First of all, the story and research are top-notch, exactly what I would expect from Daniel James Brown, especially after listening to his amazing book, "The Boys in the Boat". Unlike "Boys" though (of which the reader was amazing), the narrator for this story is severely lacking. In fact, had I not been so enthralled and interested in the subject matter, I would have turned this off within the first 30 minutes. Something about the way Michael Prichard ends his sentences and uses inflections...it's just all wrong for this story. But like I said, the story itself if excellent, so if you are interested in this subject, it might be worth powering through the poor performance like I did. And I must say...it was been a full week since I listened to this and I still find myself thinking about these poor people and what they went through, and most likely will continue to do so for some time to come.

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By BRADFORD L. on 06-08-15

Good compilation of the history.

This was a great compilation of the history of the migration west. It wasn't as good as his book Boys in a Boat but still a good book. Sometimes the side tidbits distracted from the story. Such a sad story but it is apart of our history. The narrator was monotone and made the story hard to listen to.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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