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Publisher's Summary

Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod - the 1,180-mile sled-dog race through the Alaskan wilderness - in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. For 17 days, he and his team of dogs endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations - and the relentless push to go on. 

Winterdance is the enthralling account of a "stunning wilderness journey of discovery and transformation" (Chicago Tribune), lived and told by "the best author of man-against-nature adventures writing today" (Publishers Weekly).

©1994 Gary Paulsen (P)2019 Tantor

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too much cussing

great story, but way too much cussing. I won't listen to anymore of his books.

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Great story, rough language

This is a great story! We really enjoyed it and couldn’t stop listening! Perfect for a road trip. But I would say it is PG-13 rate due to the ‘rough’ language. I would not recommend listening to with young kids around.

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great book. performance is so-so, though.

great book. performance is so-so, though. better to read it than to listen to it.

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Thank you Mr Paulsen!

I so enjoyed your passionate account of your extraordinary and fearless experience with the wilderness of nature through your dog race. Your books are all such a blessing for me as a deep lover of natural life.
I was saddened though, that you took your doctor’s words as undisputed truth ... I wouldn’t if I were you and instead look deep into my heart and soul where miracles follow miracles and wonders never cease ❤️

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I hated the ending.

He didn't talk about other races he was in, he just ended the book. Needed more explanation.

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One of my all-time favorite books. Worthy of giftgiving.!

I have read and shared a hard copy of this book a number of times in the past. I bought it as an audiobook to enjoy on a road trip with my friend. I hadn’t read it in many years and I just loved it as much and even more than I remembered. As the story goes on it’s like watching a well done riveting high-speed chase from moment to moment. For the love of dogs and the love of wilderness and the love of adventure and the willingness to test your limits And jump in far over your head it is a rollicking exciting true story. One of the best. Do not miss it.

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Excellent Audiobook for people in Dog Sports

Four Paws Up! Great story and narrator. I read the book decades ago, and was thrilled with my decision to listen to the audiobook on my last road trip.

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A glimpse of the unimaginable!

A great story of a man’s love of dogs and dog racing. I enjoyed this book written about a man who only begins to shadow the intestinal fortitude, determination and sacrifice that must be present to enter The Great Race. The bond felt with his team, and the over whelming obsession that is racing is tangible and will be enjoyed by anyone who loves dogs and has a competitive spirit.

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Great listening

Masterpiece story of love for dogs and pristine nature . You cannot listen to these stories but from mushers. Sometimes moving to tears. Very well narrated

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Wow. Just, wow.

What a powerful story. I pictured every moment of the author with his dogs and feel like I got to really get a glimpse of what it is to be in the Iditarod. This is clearly written from the heart of a man who loves dogs - and maybe is at least part-dog himself.

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  • 07-04-19

Often funny, Sad, Entertaining

Brilliant book. For a husky owner who has huskys and dryland Bush's it was an enthralling read. The narrator does an excellent job of reading the story, to the point you do believe it's him retelling his memorys.

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  • 11-03-21

Re visiting Alaska.

I worked in Alaska 39 yrs sgo, ,sent from Australia by Texas Gulf Exploration ...Fantastic experience . The book bought a lot of it "BACK" . SOME OF IT NOT SO COMFORTABLE...but wouldnt have missed it for anything. Thanks . loved your descriptions . Col.J .J

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-19

a fine madness

a an ex musher, i relived my past, i hope one day my future. excellent book, get on the sled and go with him !