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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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    ania 02/01/2017
    ania 02/01/2017
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damian McBride 06/09/2016
    Damian McBride 06/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James UK 16/04/2016
    James UK 16/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Howe
    Beaverton, MI USA
    27/09/15
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar's Audible
    02/02/17
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    "Did not enjoy"
    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.


    Has 81 Days Below Zero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    EVANSTON, IL, United States
    16/08/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Eckert
    Dresher, CA
    08/04/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia J. Shrock
    spring, tx United States
    04/07/15
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • CGB
    11/02/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russ
    Binghamton, NY
    19/03/16
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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...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • IHeartShoes
    22/02/17
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    "cool story"

    really good history and offers good incite into what it was like to be in harsh wilderness

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun Nel
    17/02/17
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    "The importance of grit"

    Great story of grit and the men would made the world a safer place during WW2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Novacovici Pera
    Timisoara, RO
    15/02/17
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    "Great story, a lot of side stories"

    Great story of survival made not so great by side stories that do not elicit great interest nor make the main story better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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