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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: Margot Dionne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 1925. It is sixty degrees below zero. The wind sweeps tons of snow over the deep-frozen Alaskan landscape. The nearest railhead is seven hundred miles away. Airplanes cannot fly. The way to Nome is blocked by a treacherous frozen sound, an icebound port, and mountains to the west. But there is a diphtheria epidemic in Nome. The children need serum from the outside world if they are to survive. Their only hope is a few chosen Eskimo drivers and their teams of dogs, who must make a relay race across the wilderness if the serum is to get to Nome in time. The heroism and stamina of the men and their dogs can only be called legendary. Now, their story can be told.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellen Ritz | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting history of Alaskan sled dogs and the diphtheria epidemic in Nome. Feel the story got bogged down by too much detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting history of Nome, Alaska & the Itidarod - also how the Eskimos adapted to the bitter cold & the dog team relays through blizards & breaking ice to to carry diphtheria vaccine to Nome in 1925. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexandra | 12/11/2013

    " Really interesting historical story. I had no idea that such a small place as Nome, Alaska could create such a stir across the entire nation. This book is about getting medicine to a small Alaskan village as an epidemic of dyptheria is breaking, transported by dog sled. It also talks some about the gold rush in Alaska. Some of the historical information gets a little weighty, but overall, an enjoyable read (especially when I don't have to be the one outside freezing on a dogsled)!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott | 12/8/2013

    " Impossible travel completed and likely death avoided with dogs and a sled. Fascinating account of ways to die in the cold. Heroic moment in history may not fill enough pages for a book though and padding shows -- perhaps better to read quickly. "

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