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.
I really liked this book, and the authors' narration. The fact that this very dramatic story had not "survived," meaning I had never heard about this before, and now has been brought to life again was very moving. A terrific listen - highly recommended.
Yes, Nice little piece of history
The detail of the people and events
He made you feel like you were there
The real life
The story wasn't very interesting after the crash.
No, his focus is to melancholy.
There was not enough drama to hold your attention in the middle of the story.