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July 19, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff Frozen In Time
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff

Genre: Narative Non-Fiction
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publish Date: April 23, 2013
Format: Audio, 8 hours | 57 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 4 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished.

In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

My Thoughts:

Mitchell Zuckoff brings to life a little known story of courage and heroism from the WWII era, a story that has been forgotten in time. For 148 days these brave men fought to stay alive after their plane crashed on the ice off the coast of Greenland. During that time several perilous rescue missions were attempted and failed, eventually succeeding in returning some of the survivors.

The book alternates between the past, with the story of the crash and rescue attempts, and a present day search to recover the plane and the remains of the men who didn’t survive. I found the parts of the books that detailed the past much more interesting and compelling than the present day events, which was more about funding and convincing the military that this search should be undertaken. It wasn’t until the end, when they went to Greenland to conduct a search for the plane buried under 50 years of ice, that the portion in the present got interesting.

I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by the author in a pleasant voice and even pacing. I generally find narrative non-fiction to be some of the easiest to listen to in audiobook form. In this book the listener needs to be alert to the shifts back and forth in time and the numerous characters, making it a little more complex but for the most part an easy listen.

Zuckoff has expertly pieced together the events of the crash to create a riveting account, one that reads like an adventure story. Recommended, especially for those who enjoy WWII history and real life adventure stories.

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Source: Review copy
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  1. Amy @ bookgoonie / Jul 19 2013 12:23 pm

    Sounds like an exciting jaunt into the past.

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  2. Elizabeth / Jul 19 2013 2:34 pm

    Excellent review. And…the books sounds VERY good.

    I read his other book Lost in Shangri-La. Very good as well.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

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  3. BermudaOnion / Jul 19 2013 2:54 pm

    I love books like this!

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  4. Suko / Jul 19 2013 3:21 pm

    Thank you for your honest review of this true event, Leslie.

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  5. Laura Fabiani / Jul 19 2013 3:27 pm

    I read this one and really really liked it! Narrative non-fiction is one of my favorite genres.

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  6. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader / Jul 19 2013 3:32 pm

    Hooray 🙂 I loooved this book. I’m so glad you liked it

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  7. irene / Jul 19 2013 7:08 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. stacybuckeye / Jul 19 2013 10:49 pm

    I bet Jason would love this audio! He relies on me to pick them out for him and I always go by blogger recommendations. I’m adding this to my list.

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  9. Beth F / Jul 20 2013 6:00 am

    I love listening to nonfiction, but I am always hesitant with author-narrated audios. So few do their book justice.

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  10. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Jul 26 2013 1:39 pm

    I really need to read this author’s books. I probably will go for a physical book, though, because my mind tends to wander with audio books.

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  11. Kay G. / Jul 28 2013 7:17 am

    I read this book and did a review of it on my blog a while back. I thought it was a well written book and the kind of true story that makes for good reading.
    I don’t do very good book reviews, I hate to give anything away. I just want to say, this is a good book, read it! 🙂

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