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A Partisan's Daughter written by Louis de Bernieres performed by Sian Thomas and Jeff Rawle on Audio CD (Unabridged)

A Partisan's Daughter written by Louis de Bernieres performed by Sian Thomas and Jeff Rawle on Audio CD (Unabridged)£19.99

The new audiobook from the acclaimed author of Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a...

Desperate Passage - The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West written by Ethan Rarick performed by Christopher Prince on CD (Unabridged)

Desperate Passage - The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West written by Ethan Rarick performed by Christopher Prince on CD (Unabridged)
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ISBN:  9781480563384
Genre - Main:  Non-Fiction
Genre - Specific:  History - USA
Duration:  571 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Ethan Rarick
Narrator 1:  Christopher Prince

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In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force.

After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival. But until now, the full story of what happened, what it tells us about human nature and about America's westward expansion, remained shrouded in myth.

Drawing on fresh archaeological evidence, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, Ethan Rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family, a little girl who shines with courage, a devoted wife who refuses to abandon her husband, a man who risks his life merely to keep his word. But Rarick resists both the gruesomely sensationalist accounts of the Donner party as well as later attempts to turn the survivors into archetypal pioneer heroes.

"The Donner Party," Rarick writes, "is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous. Often, the emigrants displayed a more realistic and typically human mixture of generosity and selfishness, an alloy born of necessity." A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, A Desperate Hope casts new light on one of America's most horrific encounters between the dream of a better life and the harsh realities such dreams so often must confront.

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