I was totally captivated by the story. An added bonus is that the author turned out to be an excellent reader - could not have been done better! I was so enthralled by the story that I did a Google search to find pictures of the survivors and other people mentioned in the book. There are some images of "Maggie", the female survivor. She was really something!
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
After listening to "Unbroken", like many people my expectations for amazing WWII survival stories were pretty high. Needless to say, "Lost in Shangri-la" did not disappoint.
The story of what happened in New Guinea isn't well-known, but it is definitely worth telling. Zuckoff does an amazing job of giving important historical information while telling the story.
If you enjoyed Lauren Hillenbrand's "Unbroken", you will love "Lost in Shangri-la". Two thumbs up.
Unique Literary Experience
The persistence and originality of the rescuers.
When the rescuers arrived in Shangri-La
There were many.
It is almost impossible to believe. But it is so real – as told by the author. How history passed over this wonderful adventure is hard to believe. I think someone in Hollywood is already making a deal to bring this real-life story to the silver screen. The book is wonderfully researched and written. If I have a fault, it is that the stories of the brave Pilipino paratroopers are never really explained beyond the cursory introductions. That is a shame. Otherwise this is one remarkable story that can never be forgotten. Thoroughly recommended.
If you like history, human struggle, and perseverance, this book is for you. The author does a great job with both the book and the narration. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't stop listening till it was finished. Then a few days later I listened to it again. Such an amazing story. You won't be disappointed with this book. Well worth a credit!!!
This is a very interesting story that easily reads like a novel. It is very well written and very well read. The story has a cast of compelling characters and the author does a good job of developing their individual stories. As a 20th century history buff and particularly WWII, I was quite surprised that I had never heard of this survival story. I hated for the story to end. The author reads the book and I can say without a doubt that he is better than 90% of the professional readers I listen to on other audio books. This book would make an excellent movie. If I knew how to do it, I would contact Steven Speilberg and recommend he look into making it into a movie.
This is a great listen, that will hold your interest. Apparently, the author - Mitchell Zuckoff did a lot of research. Although the incidents were widely covered by the press in 1945, the story had subsequently petered out. The update on the people involved, was a nice way to end the book.
Read or listen to UNBROKEN it is much better than this story. "Lost in Shangri-La" is nice if you want to read about some rear echelon personnel who get stranded after a horrific aircraft crash in a non combat situation while site seeing. They have to survive in the jungle, but no cannibals try to attack or eat them, like the book reviews suggest. It is a daring rescue, but not a shot is fired. There are many better true stories about WWII that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you marveling at the courage of those involved. For the military reader: don't waste your time with this junket trip.
“Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II” is an exciting, true adventure story, as thrilling as any fictional “thriller.” It took the talent of an expert researcher, reporter, and author, Mitchell Zuckoff, to bring this long-forgotten WWII rescue saga to life. The book once again shows how ordinary people,both victims and rescuers, when challenged, can do extraordinary, heroic things, and then return to a quotidian existence as survivors. Zuckoff is admirable for letting the story speak for itself and not interjecting himself into the book, although it is clear that tracking down the sources to write this comprehensive and accurate book is itself a very interesting story. I like page turners and “Lost in Shangri-La” will ensnare most readers. The reader was adequate.