• The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb

  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: 11th Street Productions LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile, an epic adventure and spy story about the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.
It's 1942 and the Nazis are racing to be the first to build a weapon unlike any known before. They have the physicists, they have the uranium, and now all their plans depend on amassing a single ingredient: heavy water, which is produced in Norway's Vemork, the lone plant in all the world that makes this rare substance. Under threat of death, Vemork's engineers push production into overdrive.
For the Allies, the plant must be destroyed. But how would they reach the castle fortress set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on Earth?
Based on a trove of top secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skies, perilous survival in the wild, sacrifice for one's country, Gestapo manhunts, soul-crushing setbacks, and a last-minute operation that would end any chance Hitler could obtain the atomic bomb - and alter the course of the war.
©2016 Neal Bascomb (P)2016 Neal Bascomb
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3 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 06-04-16

Needs a different narrator!!!!

Absolutely amazing story & great writing but unfortunately the worst reading I've ever heard on audible

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4 out of 5 stars
By John M. Baker on 06-22-16

Style vs. sound

Not every writing style works well as an audiobook. In the first half of Winter Fortress the author uses names only sparingly, preferring to refer to his subject as "he" or "him" until the topic shifts to another person, whose name will then be mentioned once .As a result, listeners unable to fully concentrate for extended periods of time will have particular difficulty following the story, and separating one Norwegian saboteur from the others. The story picks up midway, as members of the Grouse and Swallow teams battle starvation, needing to use stone-age survival skills in order to carry out their orders to delay or prevent the start of the atomic age. Once Operation Gunnerside kicks into gear, the story picks up speed, and maintains it until the end of the book. Had the publisher assigned an editor with a greater sensitivity to the needs of audiobook listeners, minor changes could have been made that would have made it much less tempting to switch to another book before the most dramatic action really begins.

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4 out of 5 stars
By john on 07-01-16


If you could sum up The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb in three words, what would they be?

what a story

What did you like best about this story?

what the soldiers went through

What about Chris Sorensen’s performance did you like?

initially nothing but I eventually got used to his voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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