Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review: Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts (audio)

This perhaps wasn't the best book to listen to. I thought it would be great--Australians marking their place in exploration, sensibly in the place closest to them (Antarctica), and also as an exploration story, Antarctica is nice because it's the one place where you don't have any displaced and possibly tortured or murdered natives. And this in particular was an impressive and harrowing detail in history, when Douglas Mawson lost the other two members of his expedition crew and had to make his way back to the ship, alone, without dogs, and with very little food. One man (and sledge and dogs) fell into a crevasse as shown on the cover. The other succumbed to illness.

Unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble keeping the men straight, keeping the timelines straight, and I often would think, "wait, didn't that already happen?" Just as tromping day after day after day across whiteness can become a lot of the same, even when it's land no human has ever before laid eyes on, the book also had an inevitable feeling of monotony, which is not good on audio. that said, I still did enjoy it, even if I feel I missed large bits, and I did finish it. But I think it would have been better to read in print.

I downloaded this eaudiobook from my local library via Overdrive.

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