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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Nome, Alaska, sits on the edge of the Bering Sea two degrees below the Arctic Circle, and there are few more forbidding places on earth, especially in winter. Dr. Curtis Welch knew the signs of diphtheria, knew that his patients - many of them children - would die without a shipment of fresh serum." The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away across mountains, rivers, and the treacherous ice of Norton Sound. A blizzard was brewing, and airplanes, in 1925, could not fly in such conditions. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night, set out at 60 degrees below zero, often trusting their lead dogs to find the trail under feet of driven snow. The legendary heroism and endurance of the men and dogs in the Serum Run need no enhancement. Here, for the first time, their story is told in full.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/12/2014

    " I thought this book was very well written. As a lover of dogs, I am always amazed at what they are capable of and this book describes so well the relationship between the sled dog and his runner. In addition, I really enjoyed the history lessons given regarding Alaska, the gold rush and the post-rush life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bryony | 1/30/2014

    " I am loving this book! An absolutely wonderful true story full of the best bits of human (and dog!) nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonya Carlson | 1/17/2014

    " Engaging and exciting description of the race to bring medicine to Nome in 1925. Once the meds arrived, the book pretty much ended. It needed another chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber | 12/24/2013

    " A well written true story. It was really interesting! I now know more about diptheria, dog sledding, and Alaska than I ever wanted to know. I'm glad I read this during the summer. It would make me really cold in the winter. I find it strange that there are stories like this, that took place in the last century, that were headline stories for months, that they built a statue about, that I've never heard of! "

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