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Quiltedwings

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,485

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Riveting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I loved this book. It was a couple of chapters in where I discovered that I couldn't stop listening.

  • Flight 232

  • A Story of Disaster and Survival
  • By: Laurence Gonzales
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn't move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived. No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Therapeutic

  • By Quiltedwings on 05-07-15

Therapeutic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-15

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I've had my feelings about Flight 232 tucked away for almost 26 years and this read was very therapeutic for me. I am a Flight Attendant for United and in 1989 I was based in Denver flying reserve. I had worked flight 232 100’s of times prior and worked it one week after the crash... because I was the most junior one on the crew I got the honor of sitting in the jumpseat that was occupied by Rene LeBeau, the only member of the crew to perish that awful day. I then went out on maternity leave right after that and never really “dealt” with all my feelings about this crash. Although I was suffering a form of PTSD I’m sure it was nothing compared to the individuals that experienced and lived through the event itself and hearing the survivor’s stories helped me put my experience into a manageable perspective. I think the author did a fantastic job of retelling the events without sensationalism and with the utmost respect for ALL the sufferers of this horrible accident, including the people on the ground involved prior to the crash and those involved in rescue efforts and post accident “clean-up”. I found that the author repeated some of the survivors stories but I understood he did this to show events that were happening simultaneously, thus giving the reader a better understanding of the timeline of events. I’m still emotionally moved but I can now view the horrendous video of the crash itself without crying. Thank you Laurence Gonzales for writing this book.

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