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Slade's Glacier

By: Robert F. Jones
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
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Publisher's Summary

Slade’s Glacier is a tale of discovery and destruction, betrayal and revenge, set in the rugged "Great Land" of Alaska. Jack Slade and Sam Healey, flying partners during World War II, establish a bush pilot business in Alaska after the war. When their C-47 Dakota is forced down on a glacier by a wolverine in the cargo deck that breaks out of its cage, they discover a valley that offers the realization each man's dreams. To Jack Slade, it’s the ideal place to homestead, raise a family, and live simply as a professional hunting and fishing guide; to Healey, the pool of crude oil he locates under the glacial ice promises the wealth he always wanted.

In scenes that range from Alaska’s coastal fishing ports to the high, fierce wastelands of the interior, we watch each man lay the plans for their individual goals - and ultimately come into fatal conflict. Along the way, they meet a wide, colorful variety of Alaskan types, including Charlie Blue, a Tlingit Indian, shaman, and seer; Norman Ormandy, the tough saloonkeeper of Gurry Bay; and Malec Mummad-Afi, a wealthy exiled Iranian oil king and sheep hunter.

©1981, 2014 Louise Jones (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Predictable and crude

Would you try another book from Robert F. Jones and/or Brian Holsopple?

No.
The author is crude and demeaning of women.
The author does not generate any emotional connection with the characters.

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I was hoping for an adventure of Alaska bush-pilots. But got a story of crude language and shallow characters. This is one of the few books where I wasn't rooting for any of the characters. The story was pretty predictable so there was no "edge of the seat" moments and at times it got preachy about the environment, but not in a inspirational way.

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Surprisingly Great Story

I enjoyed this story of a homesteader in the last frontier. A “man’s man” with the love of his life, Josie. Although at times I wanted to applaud Josie following her heart, I did not care for aspects of her character, who seemed to have some issues with low self esteem. The author over simplified Josie and did not develop her character as thoroughly as other characters which signaled a book written by a man whose ideal woman follows the man’s lead and has few complicated thoughts of her own. If you can overlook this you will enjoy the overall story and the Alaska wilderness descriptions that took me away, causing me to pine for the wilderness.

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Alaska and the soul.

Great storybook. Can identify with the country, the people, and thevstory.
Will find more like it.

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HORRIBLY BORING!!

I was BEGGING for the end! The author was obviously trying to impress us with his knowledge of the land and animals , he goes on and on with descriptions of them that have no bearing on the story. All the characters use phrases that NO ONE would actually say, just do he can go into ANOTHER long description of some useless fact. All to give us a lesson on how BIG OIL DESTROYS WILDLIFE! PLEASE save yourself 7 HOURS of dry, dull story killing and SKIP THIS BOOK!

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off the beaten path

A completely different storyline, which turned out to be very interesting. Recommend it. very visual depictions of life in the wilds of Alaska.

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solid, but needed a bit more

story solid but had some confusing parts. narration great. I would recommend for those who like flying or Alaska

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Interesting listen

Overall it was a decent story with a fairly good narrator. It did change points of view part way through in a couple of points, and that threw me. That is the only real reason for 4s instead of 5s.

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Up to Alaska!

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this story when I first started, but after finishing it I can safely say that this is one of the best stories I ever heard, and hope that the author can come out with another tale just like it.

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Do research.

This had promise but was ruined by the narrator. Why would you give Alaska Natives accents like a fast-talking leprechaun? This was narrated by someone who has never heard of a native of any American tribe.

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Pretty Good listen

It started out like it may be more of a funny Patrick McManus or Bill Heavey type story just a bit more crude (referring to the wolverine in the plane). It lost the funny track later and was a bit more R rated. Still okay, but I wish it would have continued the funny route.