We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

By David Howarth
Read by Stuart Langton

6.75 Hours 02/01/2002 unabridged
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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 relentlessly pursue him. In the course of his journey he suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances onto 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. This edition includes a never-before-published afterword by the author’s son.

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Summary

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A Booklist Top 10 Travel Audiobook

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 relentlessly pursue him. In the course of his journey he suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances onto 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.

This edition includes a never-before-published afterword by the author’s son.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A mere outline of Jan’s adventures cannot possibly suggest the emotional impact that Mr. Howarth creates by his sharp selection of revealing details and his terse skill in telling a plain, unvarnished tale. We Die Alone fills one with the humble admiration for the stubborn courage of a man who refused to die under circumstances that would have killed ninety-nine men out of a hundred.” New York Times
“One of the great escape stories of our time.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Almost unbelievable. We Die Alone is a spine chiller. It may well become a legend.” Boston Post
“If this story of espionage and survival were a novel, readers might dismiss the Shackleton-like exploits of its hero as too fantastic to be taken seriously…How he avoids capture and ultimately escapes—revealing that much spoils nothing in this white-knuckle narrative—is astonishing stuff…This amazing book will disappoint no one.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“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
“One of the most remarkable survival stories ever written.” Library Journal
“[Langton’s] mostly uninflected reading intensifies the drama of this story of unflagging courage. A Top 10 Travel Audiobook.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: David Howarth

David Howarth ran a spy ring during World War II. He was also the author of two dozen major books of history.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English