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There is a good story at the heart of this novel, but contains elements that distract from it's ultimate enjoyment. The adventure, isolation, and medical problems are the best parts of the story. I could have done without the personal melodrama regarding the authors family problems. Did not have much sympathy there, but also am biased due to a friends personal encounter with this author. Also, a professional should have read the audio. Not all authors should read there own story and this is the case here. If you enjoy stories of adventure, personal endurance, and medical cases, this may be worth your time.
Liked the story. Actually was quite captivated by it. Interesting insights into people and humankind after having been in a position of introspection. Interesting insights that folks were meant to be tribal.
Overall an interesting story of the trials and travails of living on the Pole with the overlay of deadly disease. The audio production could have been better. A wothwhile listen.
Dr. Nielsen spends the first disc rationalizing the abandoning of her children to her abusive husband. "He tricked them" ... how can you become empathic towards a character like that?
I enjoyed the book and was fascinated by the story. Jerri Nielsen read her own story and there was something about her reading that made me dislike her as a person.
This was an interesting story as it was unfolding, one that kept me curious about and interested in the health and wellbeing of Jerri Neilson as she awaited rescue from her frozen post in the Antarctic . But the narration, by Dr. Neilson herself, was one of the worst I've ever heard. She is a VERY poor reader. Her lack of fluency and prosody distracted me from the sense of story that I often had to turn it off. Too bad, because her story was interesting.
Certainly took the mystique out of living in Antartica. I hope they have the new quarters built by now. The conditions were bad enough without having breast cancer on top of it all. I hope her children have come around to her. What a strong woman!
A nice synopsis of the experiences of one physician who signed up for a year of Antarctic service. You get a real sense of her friendships and what it would be like to have to plan for and then survive a winter without hope of intervention regardless of need. The desolation and severe cold is well portrayed.
Dr. Jerri Nielsen lives in Ohio and is the mother of three children. She continues to practice medicine and intends to do a lot of traveling.