Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff – Audiobook Review

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff, narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff
Published in audio by Harper Audio, published in print by Harper, both imprints of HarperCollins


From the publisher:

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. Frozen in Time places us at the center of a group of valiant airmen fighting to stay alive through 148 days of a brutal Arctic winter until an expedition attempts to bring them to safety. But that is only part of the story. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost plane’s crew.

Thoughts on the story:

I picked up Frozen in Time primarily because I really wanted to read Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La and never managed to get around to it. I should have known that a World War II-era rescue mission wasn’t really my thing, but I really didn’t think that far. All the crashes and missing planes got a bit hard to keep track of, but overall I was surprised how much Zuckoff managed to pull me into the story.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Zuckoff does a very competent job with the audio production. I can see where a professional narrator might have made the story all the more compelling, but on the other hand nothing in his narration detracted from his story.


If you are into search and rescue or WWII military operations you may be more intrigued in this story than I was, but regardless it is a solid work of nonfiction.

For more, please see the publisher’s page.
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7 comments to Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff – Audiobook Review

  • I heard the author speak about Shangri-la and he’s a college prof, so he’s used to public speaking. It seems to me more and more authors are reading their own books. I think audio would be the way to go for me on this one, too, but it’s probably not one I’m going to get to.

  • I’m probably going to pass on this, though as I type I find myself thinking how interesting it really sounds. Maybe I’ll skip the audio and pick up the book. I really don’t know how I feel about authors reading their work, but generally unless it’s an actual memoir (Bossy Pants and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened come to mind) I say stick to the professionals.

  • This does sound interesting but also something I’d probably prefer in print.

  • I’m not a big fan of authors reading their own work but Zuckoff does manage to pull it off. It was an interesting enough story to keep my attention but I was a little disappointed that it ended where it did. I suppose that leaves room for a future book to finish up the adventure.

  • I read both Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time and really enjoyed them both. I think you would like Sahngri-La. It was one my favorite books last year.

  • I have loved both of his books so far, though I will say I did enjoy Lost In Shangri-La a bit more. The author has a wonderful sense of storytelling.

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