I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This is not they type of book I typically choose, but the description sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a try.
I was really engaged by this story. I imagined what it must have been like to be a survivor of a plane crash in such a remote place. The amount of bravery and strength it took for these survivors to persevere was just miraculous.
I too agree that there was a racist tone at least initially, but I also appreciate the growth expressed by the survivors. It can't be ignored that the survivors came to befriend the tribal members and that they came to truly respect their strength, kindness, creativity and intelligence.
I also felt Mr. Zuckoff conveyed a great amount of sensitivity and insight towards the autonomy of the tribe. I was moved by how sadly he explained that the ways of modern world have now negatively impacted these previously self-sufficient happy peoples.
I thought that this story was terrific on many levels.
I had high hopes for this book, but walked away disappointed. The story was fascinating and had a lot of potential, but . . .
It got bogged down with details that were not pertinent to the story. The author went to excruciating lengths to tell us the most minuet details on even the most minor characters. Right when I was getting into the flow of the story, we took a rabbit trail on a particular person. When they were born, who their parents were, where they went to school, etc. Then in the next paragraph, that person is no longer apart of the story. This happened over and over. The story could have been shortened considerably and flowed much better if this was corrected.
Overall, it had potential, but just didn't have the punch it could have.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
As you read this you will just keep saying I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this before. Warring cannibal tribes in a hidden valley, tragic airplane crash with surviving barefoot bombshell and two men, one gravely injured. Can’t land a plane, can't get there with helicopters, constant threat of Japanese, what do you do? Put together a MacGyver inspired rescue plan involving an industrial rubber band and a glider. OMG, are you kidding me? This story was awesome!
I should say this is a very real story, with real people and real tragedy. I don't mean to make light of those aspects but it is really hard not do gravitate to the fantastical nature of the headlines this had to have generated in its day.
Listen to this on a trip from Las Cruces to Dallas and back for Christmas. I picked this book because my in-laws were with us and I wanted something we would all be interested in and a book we could finish on the trip (without having to listen non-stop).
This turned out to be a great choice. Everyone enjoyed the narration by the author. My father-in-law who listens to a LOT of audio books said he thought this was one of the best narrations he's heard. The pacing of the story is great. Zuckoff provides enough background information on the characters to understand both how they got to New Guinea and what their motivations are. The presentation is dramatic without sliding into melodrama. There is a bit of foreshadowing, but just enough keep the story going without getting annoying.
I am the most amazing version of myself that I have ever met.
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.
I put off listening to this book due to a couple reviews that gave mediocre ratings. What a mistake! Lost in Shangri-La is a wonderfully researched and beautifully written about one of the more interesting "silent missions" at the end of the Second World War. Zuckoff makes an engaging narrator to his novel, neither becoming monotone or annoying during the read. With a true newspaperman's approach to the endeavor, Zuckoff delves into the history and development of his characters aboard the ill-fated C-47, the Gremlin Special, their hardships and a survival story worthy of a movie. The meeting of cultures of the natives of a remote Dutch New Guinea valley and the 20th Century warriors who stumble into their midst is just a flat out four-star recipe for an interesting tale. Enjoyable especially to anyone with an interest of the Second World War in the Pacific, this is a fine use of a credit.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Overall the tale grabbed my attention from the beginning, and it gave me that unique pleasure of an audio book in that it made me happy to wake up on a Monday morning and realize that I was going to get to immerse myself in the story again as I commuted to work. But as the story progressed it just seemed to lose a little steam. In all, it felt like a really good article from a magazine like Smithsonian that had been padded out into a book.
Part of this is not really the author's fault but rather the result of history. In particular I mean how the survivors, temporarily stranded among the native inhabitants of "Shangri-La," were in periodic contact with the outside world including journalists who were intent on keeping a great human interest story alive and selling papers. This whole P.T. Barnum aspect of the story was somewhat depressing, but of course it really happened and was a valid part of the story.
The key point of interest in this tale is the valley dubbed Shangri-La where an isolated group of aboriginals lived. The rescue mission itself, when it finally is carried out, honestly isn't all *that* interesting. I don't think it lived up to the title's claim that this one was "the most incredible rescue mission of World War II."