There is nothing better than having the author read his own words. He is obviously entwined in the story and makes it a wonderful experience to listen to this adventure.
The survivors and the Shangri-La natives were a fascinating combination. The fact that this true story was documented in real time by journals kept by the participants was just wonderful.
This was a true story so the concept of 'favorite character' doesn't really play well. The entire story is fascinating and the adventure is spell-binding.
The concept of the Shangri-La natives living for generations in this isolated spot and then being 'discovered' by the Western world was moving in the sense of the natives' way of life being forever changed - and not necessarily in a good way.
This is a wonderful story with great and interesting detail about a true event that received little attention in recent years. Highly recommended!
Ted J. Welch
The genre is good, but not the book
Oh, I hope not!
Always pay a professional to narrate your work. It's like Doctor operating on themselve. I hate say I quit this book at 3/4 through....it just was too much fluff and not enough story. This story was not lost, just not interesting.
It was well written and well read. It was a good story and one that was new and unique.
Its hard to read a book when you are exercising. Audio books are perfect for that.
Discover one of the hidden stories of WW2
I thought this was a good story and narration. I found it a good listen with interesting thoughts about the anthropologic effects of modern life encroaching on aboriginal societies.
The fact that it was a true story and the depth of knowledge the author had on the entire situation from each individual to the local tribes to the actual rescue and media coverage made this a fascinating listen.
Author's effort to establish the setting in and around the time of New Guinnea occupation and World War II. Lots of reseach at the personal level as to how lives were attached before and during the conflict. The unknown blank spaces on a map suddenly became inhabited. By both indeginous peoples and the white caucasions from across the oceans. Lucky that anybody survied.
Maggie, the fearless WAC who kept the pace of the expedition.
Maybe get a better narrrator with better voice inflection. Sometimes I felt the words were delivered a bit dull, like someone who had said the same phrase a thousand times. Not to be surprised since it is the author reading the story. I consider the author a much better writer and researcher than a reader.
No extreme reaction. Just an aching for lost lives, personal beliefs and unexpected actions.
I enjoyed the book. Just as much from the story as from the amount of reseach which combined to make the story. A time and experience lost unless someone like the author takes the time and effort to record for all to see. Thank you Mitchell Zuckoff.
N/A since this was a true story...
It was good, I wouldn't change it.
I will try not to fly over unexplored jungles.
This was really interesting, a true life adventure of survival.
Linda in Omaha
Very interesting story. I'm no history buff, but do find stories of WWII intriguing. I'm older, and remember the war news reports and news reels, and had two uncles in the war. The idea of unknown places and people, in their own little world, with no knowledge of the war going on in the rest of the world is facinating and worth learning about from the people who actually experiencied this Shangri-La personally. Also liked the story of the way a few people survived a plane crash in the unknown land and learned the ways of the people of this place. Not the most exciting book I've ever experienced, but definitely worth the listen.
I really enjoyed the narrative and the great flow of the book. It not only gave me the knowledge of the historical event, but also the behind stories that were important part. The additional info did no overpower the main story, but gave it a great balance.
The book was my first historical book that I read, so I can’t really compare it with any other book. The book, however, was written in the form of an adventure story rather than a dry historical facts.
I believe that since Mitchell Zuckoff researched the story and then wrote it, he was able to include all his personal emotions during his reading. His voice was able to perfectly bring all the characters to life, and make it feel as if it an interview was happening right in front of the listener. I would not be able to feel that if I read the book instead of hearing it.
I really loved the prologue when he tells us what happened to the people who were part of the story. We are able to see not only what happened to them, but also how they felt about each other decades after the accident. I had a very hard time holding my tears back while listening.
It is a great book, very well written and presented in non-boring way. It was an easy read/listen that gave me an opportunity to learn about a true story that had place in the end of the World War II; very engaging. This was my first historical book that I read/listened to. If only all historical books were written that way, I soon could have a chance to become a history wiz.
I really wanted to love this, but it fell short of my expectations. The story used trite metaphors at times and the narration left something to be desired.