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2.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 5 2.50 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Reed Murphy Narrator: Colleen Delany Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593161217
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The Donner story, in which 83 pioneers were snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California in 1846, is a prime example of the hardship faced on the road west.

The story of the Donner Party is very much the story of James F. Reed’s family, not simply because the Reeds were prominent members, but because they left a lot of documentary evidence: diaries, memoirs, correspondence and letters written en route, and interviews shortly after the disaster. The adopted daughter of Reed, Virginia Reed Murphy’s memoir is a noteworthy recounting of the Donner party disaster and its gruesome end. Her writing is sprightly, informal, and full of human interest.

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  • “Delaney’s soft voice for the young author’s simple language and old-fashioned vocabulary transports us to another time and to her nightmare of hardship and death…The desperate and whispery expression Delaney gives to the child’s account makes it so personal we can feel her hunger and emotional pain.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 12/7/2013

    " Pretty choppy read.. no pun intended. I expected more from this book so I was disappointed. That's my failing though, not a problem with the book. The story of the Donner party is a hard one to take and this book is just a quick glance at a situation that deserves a closer look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eh?Eh! | 7/27/2012

    " No mention at all about the most famous tragic occurance associated with the Donner party, but fascinating in its own right as a quick memoir of a very difficult journey. It was originally written as an article for some journal or newspaper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanna | 10/4/2011

    " A quick, easy read, but not what I expected. Interesting, but not as informative as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherice | 11/17/2010

    " A short overview account of the Donner Party. I believe it must have been meant to be merely an article. I would have liked more details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherice | 1/20/2010

    " A short overview account of the Donner Party. I believe it must have been meant to be merely an article. I would have liked more details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanna | 10/3/2008

    " A quick, easy read, but not what I expected. Interesting, but not as informative as I had hoped. "

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About the Author

Virginia Reed Murphy is the adopted daughter of a member of the Donner Party.

About the Narrator

Colleen Delany has been a sparkling jewel in the crown of Washington’s vastly talented acting community for thirty-seven days now and will confidently challenge to a fierce best out of three in “paper-rock-scissors” anyone wishing to topple her from that lofty perch. Primarily a stage actress,—having played roles at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theater J, Washington Stage Guild, Theater of the First Amendment, and Source Theatre, among others—Ms. Delany does a you-name-it of various acting jobs, including audiobook narration.