81 Days Below Zero

  • by Brian Murphy, Toula Vlahou
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- C. Howe

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.


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- Oscar's Audible

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books