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  • Winterdance

  • The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
  • Written by: Gary Paulsen
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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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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Makes you feel the race

Such a great adventure story. Paulsen is solid writer. I come back to this one every couple of years. I noticed some people complaining about swearing. It’s a true story and under the circumstances swearing seems more than appropriate.

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  • Steven Kibe
  • 2019-10-22

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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  • DJM
  • 2020-03-22

too much cussing

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

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  • Scott A Brady
  • 2021-05-04

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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  • Julie Gilman
  • 2019-08-29

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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  • SunshineGrama
  • 2022-05-16

Way to many F words.. Come on!

This was my first audio book. The story was okay.. Interesting.. But I wish books had an audience rating.. This had at least 8 F words, and many uses of my Savior's name. Why can't you use other words?

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  • Elizabeth Nevills
  • 2022-04-27

Vivid and entertaining story

Wonderful story and the narrator did a great job bringing it to life. Would recommend for all ages.

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  • Julie19
  • 2022-04-06

Incredible story

Very captivating and I love his humorous, easy style. I wish he wrote even more memoirs.

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  • M. Monberg
  • 2022-02-19

Short but mesmerizing account of one man and his love for wolf dogs

Hilarious in parts. Lonely and lost in others. A great story! Loved learning about the Iditarod.

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  • Peter O'Halloran
  • 2022-02-03

My Favorite

Such a delightful book. Paulson writes with humor and a real understanding of his dogs. What an adventure

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  • charles e spears
  • 2022-02-03

great book

Great read.... didn't know how intense the Iditarod was. would definitely read again... thank you

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