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Publisher's Summary

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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Excellent story horrible narration

The story was amazing. I love all things homesteading and wilderness related. however the narrator sounded like she had once been a news anchor or sportscaster and read the book like one. Annoying but I ignored it eventually.

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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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  • 2021-03-06

Loved it!

Absolutely loved the book, loved the story, loved the narration. Once it was over I wanted to know so much more about the family.

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  • Devin White
  • 2020-11-30

Cobbs

I love survival stories, and what this family went through is an amazing tale. From the far fetched to exactly how many pounds of flour it takes to survive in the wild for an Alaskan winter was very interesting and I'll think back to this story a lot. Narration was tough in the beginning but you get used to it.

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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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  • mj
  • 2021-11-12

Good Story; bad narration

Warning: the narration of this decent story renders it almost unlistenable. There were some intermittent tones and cadence that I wish there had been more of. But the hard nasal drive in the narrator’s style was uncomfortable to listen to and distracted from the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-11-01

makes me want to go to Alaska!

Very interesting and entertaining story that I enjoyed. However the narrator was a little annoying.

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  • eric chapman
  • 2021-08-05

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Good story but the author pats herself on the back a bit to often and is loathing of anyone who she decides is less apt in the wilderness than her, which is alot. Also bigfoot.

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  • Kkjsmom
  • 2021-03-06

cabin feverish

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  • Jeri Turner
  • 2022-07-19

Excellent Story

I love the story of the Cobbs. The only negative thing I can say is about the narrator. Her voice is off putting. It’s almost irritating to listen to her read. A softer voiced narrator would have given this five stars all the way!

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  • Linda Dolderer
  • 2022-05-14

Good book highly recommend it .

I loved the story all the details of life in the wild Alaska the families struggles and strengths. Narration could of been better but you did get use to it

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  • Trisha
  • 2022-05-11

A wonderful slice of American history.

I am going back to listen to it again tonight. I sure hope this part of Alaska stays wild for another 100 years.