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81 Days Below Zero Audiobook

81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness

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Publisher's Summary

The untold story of Leon Crane, the only surviving crew member of a World War II B-24 crash on a remote mountain near the Arctic Circle, who managed to stay alive 81 days in sub-zero temperature by making peace with nature, and end his ordeal by walking along a river to safety. Part World War II story, part Alaskan adventure story, part survival story, and even part inspirational story, this is what we call "a good listen".

This is the first full-length retelling of Crane's incredible survivalist story. It has been noted in magazines and in story collections over the years. Most notably, just after the war ended, Crane's story was included in the aptly titled book, The 100 Best True Stories of World War II. Additionally, in the 1970s the story was a part of John McPhee's hot-selling collection of Alaskan survival tales, Coming into the Country.

©2015 Brian Murphy (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    C. Howe Beaverton, MI USA 09-27-15
    C. Howe Beaverton, MI USA 09-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Diluted and Distracted"

    A fantastic story so wandering and diluted that you will often forget what the book is about. It is however a fantastic tale but it reminds me of a story written by a student stretching a one page paper into five.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia J. Shrock spring, tx United States 07-04-15
    Cynthia J. Shrock spring, tx United States 07-04-15
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    "Very long and drawn out"

    Awful. When the author was focused on the main story of Lt Cranes struggle it was excellent, but the author spent waaaay too much time droning on and on about unrelated or slightly related tangents that it was a chore to finish but I was very interested in Lt Crane's fight to survive.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 08-16-16
    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 08-16-16
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    "Tangent City"

    Great story but so many tangents into areas i just didn't care about. Needs an abridged version of just the main story with a few supporting facts. Audible voice over artist was OK, not great. Made everyone sounds elderly, even the young people.

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    D. Eckert 04-08-16
    D. Eckert 04-08-16

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    "way more back story than real story."

    OK I get it. It's obvious that the author didn't have many of the details about the actual survival story. But a shorter book would have been better than burying the real story within the mostly useless back, side,and front stories.

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    Russ 03-19-16
    Russ 03-19-16

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    "great read!"

    captivating survival story, nice pauses between main story lines with historical references and anecdotes of Alaskan history and more...

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    "Keeps Deviating away from main story"

    20% of the content is about the actual story... rest of it not required... disappointed!

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    "Not the best survival story you'll hear"

    The author goes off on tangent after tangent, interrupting what is not the most interesting story you'll ever hear.

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