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This is a very gripping adventure story. There seem to be grave doubts about its truth, however. My guess is that it is a compendium of different stories, including that of the author, and that the gaps and other oddities in the book resulted from the ghostwriter's transitions from one story to another. Still well worth reading!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
To me, a great audiobook must contain both great writing and great narration/interpretation. This one has both. The story is absorbing, uplifting, inspiring and educational. In addition, the narrator nails the mood, pace, tempo and inflection. There is some dispute as to the veracity of the story (the book has been around for about 50 years), with some saying it can't possibly be true and others questioning only some episodes. I have done enough research to have a fairly high confidence level in the general truth of the story, but that is really beside the point. It is a great yarn, an inspiration worth your time.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
There's something about this kind of book that attracts people like me to pay good money to read (or listen to it): namely that it's a factual account of something that happened. Tales of endurance and hardship are only inspiring if they've happened to real people. It's hard to get inspired by the exploits of Reme in Ratatouille for example.
My suspicions about this book were only aroused near the end with Rawicz's description of, yes, I'm serious, an encounter with two Yeti. Eight feet tall (falling to seven a little later).
I'm the kind of person who wants to know how it ended beyond the book. You know, what was the rest of his life like? What about the others on the walk? What ultimately happened to them? So I consulted Wikipedia, which in no time at all informed me that this story (not least the Yeti episode) doesn't stand close scrutiny.
All of which leaves me, frankly, feeling like I've been swindled. I hope this review serves as a 'errata' sticker for the front cover of this book.
To sum up? Well written but deceptive.
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
I started listening to this book fully anticipating an interesting and informative experience. Unfortunately I was let down. Not by the subject matter, what could be more exciting than a remarkable true story of escape and endurance beyond belief. It was just the way the story was told. I feel guilty saying this but it was just boring.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I bought this book looking for a real story about daring escapes from the Russian gulags and the incredible men and woman who achieved this feat. However the more I listened to this book, the more unbelievable this story became. Until I started googling, and came across the irrefutable evidence that this book in its entirety was false and made up. This happened about halfway through the book, so I was forced to complete it even though the story became borderline ridiculous.
I can not recommend this book.
What about John Lee’s performance did you like?
The narrator delivered a great performance, and I really enjoyed his smooth voice, accent and excellent enunciation. John is really easy to listen to, and will definitely look out for more books he narrated, in the future.