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The Frozen Hours Audiobook

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War

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Publisher's Summary

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.

But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable - and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.

The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; marine private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.

Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America's "Forgotten War", when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

©2017 Jeff Shaara (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Ms. V Ohio 06-10-17
    Ms. V Ohio 06-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story; narrator is questionable"
    What did you like best about The Frozen Hours? What did you like least?

    I will be honest; the narrator spoke in monotone and VERY slow...so slow that I even checked the settings a couple times because I could not imagine an author wanting someone to narrate his book in such a way as this.
    In fact, I set my speed to 1.5 times (and it helped) but it did not improve the lack of expression on the narrators part.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. When the action increased, the narrator didn't...he continued reading as if he was sitting down for a beer or taking a leisurely walk.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see above.


    Do you think The Frozen Hours needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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    Any additional comments?

    There was much hard work invested into this book; it is always a shame when a great author has a sub-par narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel G Watkins Jr 06-04-17
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    "Well written and executed. The Frozen Hours."

    I liked the portrayals and historical accuracy. A map of the Chosin area down to Kotori would have been helpful. Since I have David Halbertam's "The Coldest Winter" I had access to the maps. This audio gave me a more human perspective to the war in Korea as was covered so completely in Halberstam's book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    torpedo alley 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Forgotten any more!"

    Being a Vietnam vet, I have always wanted to know more about the other war/police action. this book answered a lot of questions. I really enjoyed Shasta Civil War books, this is as good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-31-17
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-31-17 Listener Since 2007
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    "Shaara always does a Great Job!"

    Great story around the Chosin Reservoir and the lead up to the conflict. Entertaining, and more insight into the Generals that planned this penidng disaster.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Dupree 11-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book"

    Shaara gives a wondeful account of the Chosen Reservoir campaign and provides the answers of how we got into this battle and how the Marines survived. An excellent story that even a novice war buff would enjoy.

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    SubChop 11-13-17
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    "The best insight into the “Forgotten War”"

    I read a lot of historical books about World War II and Vietnam but very few about Korea and none have shown the absolute horror of war better than The Frozen Hours. Personal insights into soldiers who endured unimaginable conditions of 30 below zero and deprivation of food made the Korean War come alive. The book is a great tribute to those who served there.

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    John Tate 11-08-17
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    "A forgotten war"

    I've enjoyed all of his stories, but this had special meaning as a former Marine.

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    John Charleston, SC, United States 11-07-17
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    "Superb! Closely based on facts"

    A riveting and unputdownable novel recounting Marine Corps valor in the face of overwhelming numbers of enemy troops. By the author of Killer Angels.

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    "korea"

    this book was very personal as my Father, was a
    Marine, who fought and was wounded there in 1953. I am hoping Jeff Sharra will write another book on the last half of the war.

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    WD USA 09-23-17
    WD USA 09-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dialog drags"

    I know the Chosin history and I feel the facts got jostled a bit in this book. The biggest issue is the dialog which is dragged to a crawl by the author’s insistence on focusing on minutiae the mind numbing boredom of the dialog between marines adds little to the story. It is as if Sharra is being paid by the word not the idea. This is an amazing chapter in US military history. It doesn’t translate here. I listened to the entire book out of loyalty to the real marines. It was hard but I did it. Sharra’s Father’s Killer Angels is a classic. Jeff the son has written some great military histories in his own right. This is not worthy. The narrator’s performance is amazing; Versitile, multi-voiced and authentic. He kept the story going despite challenging dialog.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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