Ordeal by Hunger
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2007
Duration: 12 hours 12 minutes
The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846, eighty-seven people-men, women, and children-set out for California and were persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering.
Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers-an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.
"Riggenbach's professional, unvoiced presentation provides the appropriately serious reactions and allows the listener to deal with the facts with compassion. Although grisly, the account is sympathetic and not ghoulish. Carefully researched, it illustrates how unbelievably strong the will to survive is." -KLIATT