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Arctic Homestead

The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds
Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester, and their five children pulled up stakes in the lower 48 and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer dream of claiming land under the Homestead Act. The only land available lay north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Circle where grizzlies outnumbered humans 20 to one. 

In addition to fierce winters and predatory animals, the Alaskan frontier drew the more unsavory elements of society's fringes. From the beginning, the Cobbs found themselves pitted in a life or death feud with unscrupulous neighbors who would rob from new settlers, attempt to burn them out, shoot them, and jump their claim. 

The Cobbs were chechakos, tenderfeet, in a lost land that consumed even toughened settlers. Everything, including their "civilized" past, conspired to defeat them. They constructed a cabin and the first snow collapsed the roof. They built too close to the creek and spring breakup threatened to flood them out. Bears prowled the nearby woods, stalking the children, and Lester Cobb would leave for months at a time in search of work. But through it all, they survived on the strength of Norma Cobb - a woman whose love for her family knew no bounds and whose courage in the face of mortal danger is an inspiration to us all. Arctic Homestead is her story.

©2000 Norma Cobb and Charles Sasser (P)2018 Tantor

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Choose your narrator carefully

The story was lovely though rather predictable. An easy read that conjures up vivid imagery for the reader. Quite an adventure indeed! Narration completely distracted me. The narrator tried to use different voices for different characters which became completely annoying... some do this well, this one not so much. I do recommend the story however.

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Stick with it

At first I almost quit this book. Glad I didn’t. So good. You’ll like it too.

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interesting 'modern day' homesteading story

pretty good. not crazy about the narrator or the often superior attitude of Norma. enjoyed hearing about how they overcame hardship with grit and determination though.

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  • 2019-08-03

Inspiring and jaw dropping all in one

This is one of my first audible stories I listened to and enjoyed every minute of it. The candid approach to retelling their life out in the Alaskan Homestead made me appreciate not only what I had, but also what I have dared to dream of and made it happen, perhaps not at this grand scale, but as Mrs. Cobb’s reflects throughout the story, it is important to not fall asleep in life and understand what real freedom is. For those of us in the concrete jungle, we may not experience nature at its grandest, but we can appreciate it even at its minute scale if at all possible.

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  • Bill Fiedler
  • 2019-12-13

Great Book

When I started this I wasn't so sure I was hoping to make it through and I wasn't so sure about the narrator. I'm glad I stuck with it. This book is entertaining and compelling and the narrator turns out to be a good voice for Norms Cobb. I felt like a member of the Cobb family by the story's end. Highly recommend.

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  • Michelle
  • 2019-10-08

Boring

No surprises. The preface told of everything that was going to happen. The story line was good.

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  • Leroy taylor
  • 2019-05-31

terrible writing

This book was 72 chapters of Whining, Bragging, and straight BS. The narrator's voice is as annoying as the story.

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  • Mark B. Coleman
  • 2018-11-28

Great adventure

This book moves and a fast pace captures the readers interest right away the way the story is told there are no lulls each chapter moves seamlessly from one to another

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  • Latsyrk
  • 2019-12-16

Much lacking

It was a great story despite the fact that Norma Cobb is extremely condescending and self righteous of anything other than her narrow view of the world . If you believe in "manly men" , women's role as subservient , and magic beings in the sky then this book will serve you well