We Die Alone

A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
Letto da: Stuart Langton
Durata: 6 ore e 42 min
Categorie: Storia, Altri Paesi
Dopo 30 giorni EUR 9,99/mese

Sintesi dell'editore

One of the most enthralling true adventure stories ever written, We Die Alone, set in Nazi-occupied Norway in 1943, is an epic tale of survival against staggering odds.

It begins with an ambushed commando raid that leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though wounded, Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps, while the Nazis pursue him relentlessly. He suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances on to a cabin, where the first in a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid. These "ordinary heroes" will eventually get the crippled Baalsrud to safety and freedom, and the amazing story of how they do it will fill listeners with wonder at the capability of the human spirit.

©1955 David Howarth (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Awe-inspiring....Stuart Langton's narration is an apt fit. His delivery is as spare as the text and every bit as intriguing. His voice has a force of delivery that makes this exciting and unbelievable tale one that the listener will want to hear in one sitting." ( AudioFile)
"Almost unbelievable. We Die Alone is a spine chiller. It may well become a legend." ( Boston Post)
"One of the most remarkable survival stories ever written." ( Library Journal)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Erik
  • 14/12/2008

An unbelievable journey

This book was recommended to me by another American I ran into during my trip to Norway. It is an incredible story of survival - the will to live, the risks taken by those determined to help, and just simply luck. Knowing this was not fiction, but a real person's journey, made it all the more amazing to me. The author tells it like it is - without being sensational or boastful - so feels little more like a documentary.

6 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kim
  • 29/11/2011

Amazing Survival Story

I have been listening to survival stories and found this one to be one of the best.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carie Jones
  • 14/02/2011

One of those great stories you rarely hear - read

I just finished Unbroken, an exceptional audio book. We Die Alone was a fitting sequel. Despite my own life's challenges, I am amazed by the resilience and inner drive-strength of some people beyond anything anyone can dream up. And sadly, they make me think of how pathetic some people are, hearing them whine about a 10 minute wait or that their dinner bread is not warm enough, all the while never giving a thought about those who risk their lives and minds for others and their countries. At times I had some challenges figuring out the landscape of the book, even having spent much time in Scandinavia and having been to the fjords, but no matter, Google Earth helped me out :-)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chrissie
  • 23/08/2013

A survival epic that will put a smile on your face

Are you depressed? Are you sick of people? Have you just read a book that has put you in the dumps? Then you must read We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance. I am sure you will like it. It works like a tonic. People are not all creeps! People do help others. This book is non-fiction, it is true and I dare you to read this book and not feel happy at the end. G-o-o-d book!

It is about events that occurred in Norway during the German occupation of WW2. The story begins in March 1943. Here is a survival story and a war story that will make you be happy to be alive. Have you been in Norway? Then you will also appreciate it, the book I mean. You will recognize the people, the food, hear about the Lapps and of course be swallowed up by the dark nights in the winter and recognize how glorious it is when the spring comes and it never gets dark....but this is scary if you are hiding. This book takes place in northern Norway, near Tromsö and the Bardufoss Airstation and Kilpisärvi Lake.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stuart Langton. The narration was OK, but the pronunciation of Norwegian names kind of threw me off at times. Other than that I have no complaints. Maybe he showed a bit too much engagement; I prefer neutral narrators but heck he never wrecked the story, and I was completely glued to it once I had stated it.

The events are amazing. The story is well written, and there is humor and hope. If you are just a teeny bit in the mood for a survival story - pick this. I liked it even better than Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival and will try Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster to compare all three. There is mountaineering in all three.

I am giving this five stars not really because it was amazing but because I enjoyed it from start to finish and felt extremely happy at the end. People need books like this.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 16/05/2019

Would you have helped? Would you have wanted to live against all odds.

I often wonders what makes some people survive incredible odds and live to tell about it, while others give up or are unable to overcome by paralyzing fear and are unable to survive their ordeal.

This is truly an almost unbelievable story of survival...but I don’t doubt that most if not all took place. Incredible is not only the person the story is primarily about but the courage and determination by these communities these incredible people who risked their lives and their families lives not to mention their entire communities safety to help this man to freedom. Just fantastic.

I have always enjoyed reading stories about overcoming struggles, surviving incredible odds. Reading about the will of the human spirit overcoming and rising to meet the challenge when everything around them seems hopeless. This is truly a story about doing the right thing when called upon and a choice having to be made no matter the risk.

I am not a writer but there are many thoughts and emotions I experienced with this story. This review cannot say enough about the character of everyone that had a part in this story. The men the 11 or 15 people who were tortured,murdered, and imprisoned in the beginning of the story.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • B Rose
  • 17/12/2014

Horrible narration!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator! Why would you choose a narrator with such a horrible, distinct accent?? I won't say what part of America he's from, but it's so obvious!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Couldn't even listen.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stuart Langton’s performances?

Absolutely not!

What character would you cut from We Die Alone?

The narrator!

Any additional comments?

It really annoys me when such a good book is impossible to listen to because of horrible narrator. Skip the audio and by the book.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LARRY
  • 22/03/2013

incredible

A truly heroic story. I found that I didn't want to shut my player off until the story was finished; so that's what I did. It is good to remind ourselves of the courage people can show in trying times.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geoffrey
  • 20/04/2012

An inspiring story of incredible courage!

What other book might you compare We Die Alone to and why?

Id compare this with The Longest Walk, and The Endurance. Both detail the incredible limits of human endurance under extreme circumstance for survival.

Any additional comments?

Having been through hardships of my own, stories like these are very encouraging and inspiring. You can never give up on hope. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Saman
  • 13/06/2012

Terrific story.

Somewhere I was recommended this story as a good read. Since I am a fan of real-life survival stories that included “The Long Walk”, “Unbroken”, and “Lost in Shangri-La”, this book seemed a real good choice. I was not disappointed at all as this is an extremely harrowing and arduous tale with an ultimate happy ending. Man has an incredible will to live through the most harrowing of experiences and this is a tale of the extreme in every sense. Also, this is a story of Norway in WWII in which only small fragments of information exist. This adds to the allure of this incredible story.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • DJ
  • 04/03/2020

Unreal

The most amazing story I have ever come across. It’s not the most entertaining listen but it doesn’t have to be. The story is so remarkable you will find an excuse to be listening to see how it plays out.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Andy
  • 13/04/2013

Humbling

An excellent account of human survival and determination. An awe inspiring account of human endeavour prompted by circumstance. I was gripped from start to finish and feel driven to visit some of the locations myself to fully understand the immense physical and mental trial they went through.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • James Smith
  • 03/04/2019

Survival, Bravery and Devotion

Incredible story of survival, astonishing bravery and tremendous courage from all involved. This story is hard to believe, but is outstanding and all are remarkable people.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • MR FRASER RETSON
  • 12/05/2020

An amazing account of a Norwegian’s stubborn refusal to give up.

A true story of survival against enemies, the Arctic, human error and Nazis.

You’ve no right to feel cold again after reading this.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • darren
  • 25/01/2017

an amazing story of human endurance

an amazing story of human endurance and sacrifice. never a dull moment. couldn't stop listening

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jacky
  • 08/02/2016

Humbling

I was left wrung out by this tale of immense bravery and survival beyond the most incredible odds. The reading of the book was excellent and the heroism of the Norwegian people under German war time rule was incredible and beautifully betrayed by a reader who obviously either had taken care to learn Norwegian names and places or was indeed Norwegian. An outstanding book a real must if you enjoy war stories and the fact that this was a real life story, makes it all the more outstanding and humbling.

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