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Labyrinth of Ice

The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: History, Military

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Summary

"Listen to this if you want to hear a narrator at the top of his game recount a fascinating - and at times disturbing - true story of adventure, disaster, discovery, cannibalism, and more. Will Damron makes Levy's fascinating account of the Greely (Polar) Expedition come to life.... This is a harrowing adventure story and a great listen." (AudioFile Magazine)

Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

In July 1881, Lt. A. W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made.

Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge - vicious wolves, sub-zero temperatures, and months of total darkness - as they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. In May 1882, they broke the 300-year-old record, and returned to camp to eagerly await the resupply ship scheduled to return at the end of the year. Only nothing came.

Two hundred fifty miles south, a wall of ice prevented any rescue from reaching them. Provisions thinned and a second winter descended. Back home, Greely’s wife worked tirelessly against government resistance to rally a rescue mission.

Months passed, and Greely made a drastic choice: He and his men loaded the remaining provisions and tools onto their five small boats, and pushed off into the treacherous waters. After just two weeks, dangerous floes surrounded them. Now, new dangers awaited: insanity, threats of mutiny, and cannibalism. As food dwindled and the men weakened, Greely's expedition clung desperately to life.

Labyrinth of Ice tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune - at any cost - and how their journey changed the world.

Praise for Labyrinth of Ice:

"Polar exploration is utter madness. It is the insistence of life where life shouldn’t exist. And so, Labyrinth of Ice shows you exactly what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable. Buddy Levy outdoes himself here. The details and story are magnificent." (Brad Meltzer, New York Time best-selling author of The First Conspiracy)

"An engaging, superbly written, and meticulously researched chronicle of the Greely expedition that proves it is one of the most engaging adventure narratives ever. With cinematic prose, great economy of language, and vivid descriptions, Levy places readers in the middle of the action.... More than a nonfiction book about an expedition, Labyrinth of Ice reads like an outstanding script for an action movie." (NPR)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Buddy Levy (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Eli
  • 06-12-19

An incredible read

I will never complain about being cold or hungry again after reading this book. The journey Greely and his men endured is described wonderfully in this book and gives an incredible insight into the hardships the men faced. I finished the book in 3 days and I have never finished a book in that time.

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  • Tyler
  • 09-12-19

The limits of human will power, amazing story!

Buddy, you have a new fan after this one! A well presented tale, I loved it, couldn’t put it down. This story is so outlandish one could confuse it with the unrealistic plot of some BS Hollywood flick. But no, it’s a true story that has it all, hero’s, scandal, love, human extremes, and great storytelling, by Buddy!

This will be a book I revisit!

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  • Jared Hostetler
  • 07-12-19

Riveting and well read

A well written account of heroism that most people have never heard. Read extremely well. It reads like an action movie.

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  • woodrose8
  • 20-12-19

Dramatic and engrossing

The story started out a little slow, but hang in there because it gets very interesting after a few chapters. And listen all the way through the epilogue where it explains how the information gathered is the basis for much of today’s weather science.

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  • Michael
  • 07-12-19

A life worth writing about!

Heard about this book on the Meateater podcast and had to get it immediately! Great story, very well written and read! I enjoyed it very much and it certainly puts my daily struggles in perspective. Thanks! Now I'm on to more books by Buddy Levy....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-19

Stop reading reviews and read the book already!

Stop reading reviews and read the book already!! Every word you read here could be a word you read of this tragic and triumph tale.


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  • MTB DC
  • 19-01-20

Political Pitch for the Cult of Global Warming

Overly dramatized attempt to exhonerate one of the Army's most inept officers. I too was a combat arms Army officer of 25 years. If i had stupidly insisted on a "plan" that caused 75% of my soldiers to starve and freeze to death, and absolutely needlessly at that, I would have spent the rest of my life in military prison....or shot by firing squad. But Greely gets a complete pass because of his political elitists connections.
Ultimately, what could have been a decent historical account nearly enticed me to regurgitate my lunch at the very end with its unabashed and groundless praise to the cult idol of Climate Change.

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  • Megan Nemitz
  • 16-01-20

So good.

I steer clear of books like this, but this story was gripping....through the whole book. The narrator did a great job and wasn’t distracting. The way the story was presented was easy to follow with descriptive details that sucked you into being there. Ugh the story is just heart wrenching at times.

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  • Craftylaughtygirl
  • 12-01-20

Great listen

Be prepared to be awed over historical accounts of heroism, moved to triumphant fist pumping, and tears for tough men in dire conditions. Thrilling account that is perfectly narrated, guaranteed to keep you awake even for long driving stretches.

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  • Dave
  • 07-01-20

Greely Polar Expedition - Hidden Gem!

This courageous story of exploration of the northern polar regions in the 1880’s will keep you spellbound. These brave men risked their lives for country, glory, and adventure. Their harrowing story of exploration and survival in the harshest conditions on earth will fill you with admiration and pride in the human spirit.