81 Days Below Zero

The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (461 ratings)

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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.

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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.

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Talk more about his experience in the wild and less about the history of everything else.

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I am 5 hours into book and it has only talked about Leon Crain for about 10% of the time, I thought it was going to be about how he survived 81 days in the Alaskan Bush but so far I have learned about the history of everything else.

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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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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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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.

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VERY, interesting story. Too much filler material with other seemingly unnecessary stories that make the book drag on at times.

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great survival story that happened in my state

a great story that happened in my region of Alaska, I was born in fairbanks and grew up around kotzebue alaska 20 miles above the artic circle.

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slightly below average book

Apparently there isn't enough material about the crash and subsequent journey to be rescued since the author jumped around about many different topics throughout the book. I had hoped to listen to a book about a survival story but was unfortunately subjected to numerous side stories which each felt like a commercial in the middle of a good story.

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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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Great story, not a fan of the writing style

The story is incredible and well researched. But it’s got so many rabbit trails, and rabbit trails on top of those. On top of that the timeline was all over the place. One moment you are surviving in subzero temperatures, the next you’re on the family history of someone that may be related to something that vaguely has to do with some point in time adjacent to the main character. I’m glad I read it but likely won’t a second time

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  • ania
  • 01-02-17

Boring

I am quite amazed how the author made this potentially fascinating story sooooo boooring. The narrator harsh and dull voice doesn't help either.

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  • Damian McBride
  • 09-06-16

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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  • James
  • 04-16-16

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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