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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party

Written by Daniel James Brown

Narrated by Michael Prichard


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party

Written by Daniel James Brown

Narrated by Michael Prichard

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10 hours
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Released:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9780062962225
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Description

From the number one best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier.

In April of 1846, 21-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 pioneers 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 14 others set out for California on snowshoes and over the next 32 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 legendary 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9780062962225
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat and Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894. He lives in the country east of Redmond, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.



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  • (5/5)
    Extremely well researched and brilliantly written. Very respectful and moving recounting of the Donner Party, the recuse mission & the lives suvivors lived after. The first chapter is a little slow but the book quickly picked up steam and grabs and holds the readers attention from then on. I highly recommend reading
  • (5/5)
    Captivating story. Loved how he put so much effort into getting the real facts of the story to make it seem as real as possible. The ending is fabulous.
  • (4/5)
    Very interesting and more focused on the journey/trail history and survival mentality.
  • (5/5)

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    Read it, you won’t be disappointed.
    I didn’t start with a particular interest in either American history. I’d heard a short podcast that piqued my interest and decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did.
    Meticulously researched and detailed, it really brought the whole saga, from beginning to end, to life. What a story...
    Almost unimaginable in today’s modern world

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  • (4/5)
    People have been writing books about the Donner Party since the 1870s. For whatever reasons the story has captured imaginations for generations and has become one of the defining events of the settlement of western America and California in particular. Daniel Brown followed their trail, read the books, and wrote this the latest full-length treatment. It's likely the best available for a general audience. There were a lot of people in the party and it's easy to overwhelm with detail, Brown knows when to smooth things over. There are more detailed books if you want. Much of it takes place on the trail, describing places I have been (Ash Hollow) that look about the same today as they did then. Much concerns traveling across country in a wagon. They were actually pretty nice people except for a few. They were also tough as nails and did what it took to survive. Probably the most memorable event was when the two Indian guides refused to participate in the gory feast, turned their back and looked away. Not that we need another reminder that natives were often more civilized then Europeans, it was a poignant moment fortunately not forgotten. It's unclear why this story continued to fascinate - as true-life horror story? There isn't much to learn from it, Brown struggles to make it relevant, the main thing I learned was don't take the shortcut route across the Sierras in winter. Still, a good book and introduction to the Donner Party.
  • (5/5)

    6 people found this helpful

    This book was recommended by Last Podcast On The Left when they were doing a few shows about The Donner Party. This book a wealth of knowledge on their epic/tragic journey. It almost reads like a novel, that's how riveting the story and people are. I really feel that this needs to be turned into a TV docu-series.

    6 people found this helpful