Daniel James Brown – The Indifferent Stars Above


From the number one best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier.

An ideal pairing of talent and material…. Engrossing…. A deft and ambitious storyteller. (Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review)

In April of 1846, 21-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and 14 others set out for California on snowshoes and over the next 32 days endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.

In this gripping narrative, New York Times best-selling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarahs journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

Author: Daniel James Brown
Narrator: Michael Prichard
Duration: 10 hours 55 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

triviality deceptive

I picked this up after the LPOTL series on the Donner Tragedy, and honestly Henry didn’t exaggerate. This book had me deeply enthralled, to the point of nightmares, and the narrators voice lends a serious, heavy air to the whole thing.