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Author: Ashley Shelby Narrator: Rebecca Gibel Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781520083131
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DO YOU HAVE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS DUE TO STRESS? DO YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH AUTHORITY? HOW MANY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS DO YOU CONSUME A WEEK? WOULD YOU RATHER BE A FLORIST OR A TRUCK DRIVER?

These are some of the questions that determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is abnormal enough for polar life.

Cooper is not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she is adrift at thirty and―despite her early promise as a painter―on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers Program and flees to Antarctica, where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.

A warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby’s South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together when everything around you falls apart.

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  • “Narrator Rebecca Gibel provides an irreverent tone for Cooper and the motley cast of characters…Gibel’s voicing adequately captures the eccentric group, who frequently lapse into exasperated arguing with one another, especially when holding forth on their scientific beliefs, which Gibel narrates with clarity. She also provides accents for non-native English-speaking characters, which aid in differentiating the many idiosyncratic personalities.”

    AudioFile

  • “Shelby is very good on social interactions at the end of the earth, and South Pole Station crackles with energy whenever science takes center stage.”

    Washington Post

  • “Entertaining…The [ensemble cast’s] day-to-day dramas provide a vivid notion of what it’s like to live in a frigid landscape that’s dark for six months of the year.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Shelby’s writing is pithy and funny…[and] in this unusual, entertaining first novel, [she] combines science with literature to make a clever case for scientists’ and artists’ shared conviction that ‘the world could become known if only you looked hard enough.’"

    NPR

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About the Author

Ashley Shelby is a former editor at Penguin Books publishing house and a prize-winning writer and journalist. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is the author of Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City, a narrative nonfiction account of the record-breaking flood that, in 1997, devastated Grand Forks, North Dakota. The short story that became the basis for South Pole Station is a winner of the Third Coast Fiction Prize.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gibel is an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress. The narrator of over fifty audiobooks, Rebecca is facile in a wide variety of genres. Rebecca has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, and the Arden Theatre Company. She holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.