This incredible tale of survival by Julie Harris is based on actual events. After his small plane crashes in Alaska in 1926, John is rescued by a tribe of Aleuts. He lives with them for 17 extraordinary years. See why the New York Times calls this "a moving testament" to survival and adaptation. Click the player below to hear the audiobook sample!

The Longest Winter, by Julie Harris, narrated by Carl Moore
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11 hours and 56 minutes

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In 1911, a young John Shaw from South Carolina had his first taste of flying. In 1926, two years after the plane crash death of his best friend, he attempted a solo flight record in a refitted 1923 Curtiss Jenny. Then, with half the journey completed, his plane was caught in a storm, went down, and for 17 years he was listed as missing, presumed dead.

The Longest Winter is a work of fiction, the tale of one man's life. His story is one of despair and courage, tragedy and triumph - stranded on an uncharted rocky island, his body broken by the crash, John is adopted into a tribe of Aleuts, until the evacuation of the Aleutian Islands in May 1943.

This is John's story.