ICE BOUND: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

Jerri Nielsen, Author, Jerri Nielsen, Read by with Maryanne Vollers, read by the author. Brilliance $35.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-58788-012-4

Nielsen, whose book is a bestseller in print, is not an actress—her reading is somewhat awkward and labored. And yet listeners will be glad to feel a sense of personal contact with this extraordinary woman. A physician in her mid-40s, Nielsen decided to serve as the sole medical officer for a year at the South Pole, which meant "wintering over" during the dark months when the pole is physically inaccessible to the outside world. Nielsen's voice remains emotionally uninflected as she describes the beauties of the ice-filled landscape and the delights of working with a wonderfully creative and fun-loving crew of 41 "polies," despite the shortage of medical supplies. Nielsen also refuses to overdramatize her reading when she describes her detection of a lump in her breast, which proved to be cancerous. Listeners will hang on to every word as Nielsen relates how she performed a biopsy and administered chemotherapy to herself. They will also be glad this is unabridged, because every moment she describes, whether of pleasure or pain, is gracefully and unsentimentally limned. Simultaneous release with the Talk Miramax hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 8). (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 05/07/2001
Release date: 01/01/2001
Genre: Audio
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